Pregnancy Full Body Massage

Pregnancy Full Body Massage from Zenses Holistic Therapies

By: Zenses Holistic Therapies  08/05/2013
Keywords: Massage therapist, back pain relief, Holistic Massage

Studies have indicated that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and help improve labour outcomes and newborn health. Swedish Massage Therapy is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it helps address many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Carrying a baby inside you changes your centre of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, shoulder and abdominal muscles. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add that to the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching lower back. Sciatic nerve pain is often commonly experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Pregnancy Massage therapy can help address the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Receiving regular massage throughout your pregnancy can help reduce the “stress hormones” as well as increasing your serotonin levels (low levels of serotonin are associated with depression). Test carried out have indicated that changes in your hormone levels can lead to fewer complications during birth The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care. Benefits of pregnancy massage • Helps reduce physical discomforts, e.g. muscle spasm, cramp, tired legs, tension, back ache, etc. • Helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints (oedema), which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system. • Can help with emotional problems, e.g. anxiety, depression, fear, restless, insomnia • Reduce stress and promote relaxation • Ease digestive problems • Beneficial in labour and post-natal care What to expect with a pregnancy massage For your first treatment of a pregnancy massage, a full consultation will take place, where your needs and preferences will be taken into consideration, as well as taking a full medical case history. A typical pregnancy massage session takes at least 60 minutes and can go on up to 90 minutes. The mother will be supported with pillows as she lies on her side. She will be draped with a sheet and only the body part that is being worked will be exposed. Or if you prefer, I can use a chair or a “birth” or massage ball for you to sit on. It is best to avoid eating a large meal before the massage or drinking large amounts of liquids. Most women find it uncomfortable to lie face down right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breast, you also cannot lay face down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow. It is inadvisable for you to lay flat on your back either, particularly once you are past mid-pregnancy, because of the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart. As a trained prenatal therapist, great care is taken with comfort and positioning when offering a pregnancy massage How will I feel after my pregnancy massage? Most people feel very relaxed, even light-headed after a pregnancy massage. Some experience freedom from aches or pains. After a short period of feeling slowed down, people often experience heightened awareness, increased energy, and greater creativity. Since waste toxins are released from tissues during a pregnancy massage, aid your lymph system by drinking plenty of water after a treatment. Also, eating lightly will help you get grounded.

Keywords: back pain relief, Holistic Massage, Massage therapist, Maternity Massage, pregnancy massage, Prenatal Massage

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