For most of us massage is a great excuse to relax, switch off and unwind but, have you ever wondered what the benefits of massage are? Studies continue to show that through the physical contact received in massage therapy that there are physical and emotional benefits, even in just one massage session. One of the immediate benefits of massage is the feeling of deep relaxation and calm. The health benefits of massage achieved through regular massage can be amazing so, what are the benefits during your pregnancy, can massage help during childbirth AND what about baby?
Just because you are pregnant it does not mean you have to stop going for a massage. Now is as important as ever so take advantage!
Massage is a wonderful experience at any time but especially during your pregnancy. It nurtures the body by releasing tension, minimising muscular imbalances and generating the relaxation response in the body.
Our maternity therapies focus on the special needs of the mum-to-be as your body goes through the dramatic changes during your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Massage can help with the following;
Reduce swelling in ankles, feet and hands
Helps relaxation which can help those suffering with stress and insomnia
Massage increases blood flow and circulation by up to 10-15%.
The baby will also benefit from this as it delivers more oxygen to both mother and baby.
Eases tension in the lower back & neck and minimises leg cramps
Stress relief of weight bearing joints such as ankles, lower back and pelvis Assistance in maintaining a proper posture
A postnatal massage is as beneficial to Mums who have just given birth as it was whilst you were pregnant. For generations families have given new mums a daily, full body massage during the first few weeks after the delivery. It is said to strengthen her and help healing whilst recovering from labour and the birth.
They say that a post pregnancy massage can help;
Increases the blood flow and oxygen to your muscles, which will get rid of the toxins that are making your sore and help your muscles relax.
Induces good sleep
Your body releases Oxytocin’s, those are the hormones that trigger your milk.
Endorphins, which are our natural pain killers are released.
Even for Mums who have had a C-section.
Once your wound has healed, and your Doctor has said you are OK, massaging the scar tissue can help smooth out the scar.
The massage to this area will also help increase the circulation, which in turn helps the internal healing process.
For your massage why not contact Emma Ross one of our amazing associate practitioners for your massage you will find her on our associate page!! Enjoy