You are pregnant. Suddenly there is excitement, anticipation and joy as your body prepares to bring forth life. In a short span of time your body will experience tremendous physical and emotional changes that can outpace even the most energetic mother-to-be.

It is a magical process that is accompanied by constant hormonal and physical shifts to accommodate the pregnancy. The hormonal and physical changes can cause fatigue, stress and a host of pressure, joint pain and physical discomfort. This is where pregnancy massage can provide tremendous relief and comfort to expectant mothers.

Pregnancy or prenatal massage is specifically tailored to address the unique needs of pregnant women. There are similarities to regular massage but there are also important differences that must be addressed to accommodate pregnancy.

When you are looking to schedule a massage make sure you choose a technician certified in pregnancy massage. It is critical to enlist a masseuse that is specifically trained in pregnancy massage.

Kathy was happily pregnant until she began experiencing joint pain and sciatica during the 5th month of her pregnancy. At first she thought she was just going to have to put up with it but then her friend recommended a massage therapist that specializes in pregnancy massage.

“I lived for those prenatal massage appointments. I would lie on the table and become so relaxed that I would fall asleep. I always felt so much better afterward.” By having prenatal massages on a regular basis she was able to manage her sciatica and joint pain.

The amazing and steady changes that occur during pregnancy should be managed so you can enjoy the process and prepare for all the upcoming life changes.

Benefits of pregnancy/prenatal massage

Reduce anxiety and stress.

Practicing self-care during pregnancy is not selfish, it is important to your health and the well being of the pregnancy. Prenatal massage can reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing muscles and relieving muscle tension.

Hormones

Pregnancy massage can help regulate the hormones associated with stress and relaxation.

“Hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression) were increased in women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks. These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when relaxing, therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.”

American Pregnancy Association

Sciatica

Regular pregnancy massage can relieve pain associated with Sciatica by releasing the muscle tightness and tension around the inflamed nerve.

The pain and discomfort is caused by the compression of the sciatica nerve. It is usually felt in the lower part of the back and then down the buttock and leg and confined to one side of the body.

Consult your physician before beginning any therapy for sciatica.

Immune and Lymphatic system

A prenatal massage will stimulate the blood and lymph systems in the pregnant body. It results in increased immunity and the elimination of toxins; it helps to stabilize hormonal levels, and adds tone and elasticity to muscles. These are all tremendous health benefits that will enhance the health of both your pregnancy.

By nurturing your body through massage during pregnancy you are taking proactive steps to ensure your well being and relieve some of the common discomfort associated with pregnancy. Pregnancy massage promotes full body health, body and soul to deliver a calmer more relaxed mom-to-be.

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