Pregnancy Massage Benefits (10 benefits for mother and baby)
Pregnancy massage benefits, for mother and baby, include it's ability to provide a natural way to reduce anxiety, pain, depression, and
stress hormone levels, as well as help to reduce low back pain, muscle
spasms, and cramping in the legs and feet.
One of the many benefits of regular massage during pregnancy is that
it can alleviate heavy labor pain, even reducing the length of labor by
as much as 25%. It may also help to reduce the amount of epidural and
narcotics needed by up to 60%.
10 Pregnancy Massage Benefits
Better Sleep - Studies also show that women who have had massage during pregnancy sleep much better and awaken less during the night.They may also retain less water,and have less swelling in the lower legs.
Soothing - Most often, the massage will be a side-to-side position massage with pillows between the legs, under the belly and under the head. The therapist will ask the client to make a turn in the middle of the massage to the other side, the therapist helping with adjustments of pillows for comfort and support.
Entire body relaxation - massage will usually start with the head, neck and shoulders and move to the arms, legs and finally the back.
Increased circulation - helping ease edema in the legs
Helps ease heartburn - by relaxing the body, blood pressure naturally lowers, thereby easing the heartburn
Reduces anxiety and depression - calms the mind, eases worry, relaxes the nervous system
Calms the baby - which calms the mommy
Improves muscle tone and flexibility - which may make for an easier labor, for some moms
Relieves muscle cramps - increased circulation and eases cramping and spasms
Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints - helping with knee pain in late pregnancy
It includes the demonstration of a full body prenatal massage with
instruction on proper positioning of pillows, how to relieve low back
pain, how to give deeply relaxing strokes and how to lessen pregnancy
Feeling healthy and rested during pregnancy is critical to overall well-being and the well-being of the baby. Find out how healthy eating during pregnancy can help also.
The massage therapist should have specialized training, and an understanding of pregnancy massage benefits, in order to safely help the mother and ensure her
ability relax and rest.