Massage in Pregnancy

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Studies have shown that the use of massage in pregnancy can have great benefits.  Depending on the type of massage therapy used these benefits can include both physical and emotional health benefits. There has been some hesitation on the safety of massage in pregnancy however there are no scientifically agreed upon contraindications but it is wise to seek confirmation from your doctor that massage in pregnancy is right for you. Professionally done by an experienced and trained antenatal masseuse, massage in pregnancy can be of great value.

A massage in pregnancy (or antenatal massage) will be slightly different than a regular spa massage you may be used to, for example only very light pressure on the abdomen if at all is usual and deep tissue massage in the legs is not usually practiced.

It is very important to choose a massage therapist who is trained and registered in the practice of massage in pregnancy as experience is essential and precautions must be taken. The benefits can be considered significant though, and massage in pregnancy is well worth considering.

Benefits of massage in pregnancy:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema (water retention)
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Improved oxygen to soft tissue and muscles
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in anxiety and or depression
  • Decreased level of stress-hormone
  • Increased levels in ‘feel-good’ hormones, serotonin and dopamine
  • An overall improvement in mood.

Choosing a massage therapist

Certified prenatal massage therapists specialize in massage during pregnancy and train beyond industry standards to know how to care specifically for women in different stages of pregnancy. They will know how best to position you safely to prevent strain to softened pregnancy ligaments and they will know signs to look for which may need attention. It is always advised to seek confirmation from your doctor that it is fine for you to go ahead with pregnancy massage.

Massages both during and post pregnancy can seem a luxury but are often needed to give the mother relief from pain and discomfort and to give her much needed time for herself.