During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes, some of them stressful and uncomfortable. Massage is a perfect way to reduce stress and promote general well-being.
By aiding circulation, massage eases the load on the expectant Mother’s heart and helps to keep blood pressure in check. By increasing the local and general circulation, massage also brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both Mother and foetus – less fatigue for Mum and better nourishment for baby.
Muscular issues, such as cramping, stiffness, tightness and tension, which accompany the many physical changes during pregnancy, can all be alleviated with massage.
The normal discomforts associated with pregnancy, including backache, neck stiffness, leg aches and swollen ankles and feet can all also be relieved. Massage can also increase muscle flexibility – particularly helpful during the last trimester of pregnancy.
Massage also helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, helping to promote sleep and relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes the expectant Mother is experiencing.
Massage can even be used to comfort during birth and also to ease postpartum stress.