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%.
In addition to prenatal massage, some therapists may also be trained in fertility massage, infant (or baby) massage, postpartum massage and/or massage doula (labor support massage) services.
Postpartum Massage helps to improve breastfeeding, reduce postpartum depression, and aid in the rehabilitation of abdominal skin, muscles and organs.
Massage for pregnant women can be used to provide comfort to Moms-to-be. Techniques taught include:
This is a highly rated Mastering Pregnancy - Medical Massage & Spa Techniques to Take Care of Expecting Mothers teaches a Body, Mind, Spirit approach to Prenatal Massage. It is filled with many techniques, taught over three hours with simple, easy to understand instructions.
This is a video clip of the DVD:
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 edema.
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.
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