During pregnancy, women’s bodies go through many changes, which affect them both physiologically and emotionally. Therefore, pregnancy massage can be a wonderful experience not only for the mother, but also for the baby she is carrying in her womb.
As the baby grows, the centre of gravity shifts forward. As a result, the spinal curve can become exaggerated and women start experiencing lower back pain, sore hips and general aches and pains. This is especially so in the last trimester of pregnancy. Due to the growing belly, mums-to be get increasingly uncomfortable and cannot stay in one position for very long. Subsequently, it is often difficult for them to get a good night’s sleep. This is also the time when they start preparing for childbirth, which, understandably, can also be a very anxious time.
THE BENEFITS OF PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Massage in pregnancy is beneficial in several ways. Firstly, it releases muscle tension and eases sciatic pain and backaches. Secondly, it helps to lower high blood pressure and stimulate the circulation. The better the circulation, the more oxygenated blood and nutrition will reach the placenta, which is vitally for the development of the baby. Lastly, it promotes relaxation, thus reducing stress and anxiety and creating a general sense of well-being.
WHEN IS IT SAFE TO HAVE A PREGNANCY MASSAGE?
Massage is safe throughout pregnancy, although many women prefer not being massaged in the first trimester. The main reason for this is because miscarriages most commonly occur during this time. In case of abdominal pain, bleeding or heavy vaginal discharge, dizziness, jaundice or itchy skin, all over massage is not recommended. Indeed, therapists will advise the mother to seek immediate medical care.
HOW IS PREGNANCY MASSAGE PERFORMED?
In pregnancy massage we provide a memory foam cushion that supports the mother’s whole body, especially the growing belly and breasts. Women lay on their side, which allows the therapist to work on both the upper and lower body. As well as this, it allows the mother to relax and and feel safe and supported throughout the massage.
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