Massage used for pregnant women
Pregnancy Massage is increasingly gaining popularity as pregnant women begin recognizing the benefits prenatal massage has to offer women during pregnancy. Back pain is one of the more common side effects of pregnancy. Back pain can continue throughout pregnancy and even after. If you have to carry around other small children you may find your symptoms exacerbated during pregnancy.
Fortunately massage can help relieve back pain associated with muscular tension. Here are just a few of the other benefits prenatal massage has to offer:
- Prenatal massage helps relieve oedema or swelling by stimulating circulation throughout the body.
- Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
- Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
- Massage is very beneficial for relaxing anxiety and reducing stress during pregnancy.
- Massage can help promote more restful sleep and help prevent pregnancy related insomnia.
- Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
- Pregnancy massage may relax your baby, particularly if you have your abdomen gently stroked.
- Improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain.
- Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional demands of mothering.
Pregnancy massage differs from a regular massage in a number of ways. There are certain parts of the body that contain acupressure points that may trigger uterine contractions, so the pressure and focus on these needs to be reduced. Also the positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby. Therefore you will be positioned on your side for the massage or in a semi-reclined position.