Generally, massage is a wonderful way of combating the stresses and tensions of modern living.
Massage is beneficial through all stages of life and can be delivered safely throughout all stages of pregnancy.
Pregnancy is often a time of intense emotion – both positive and negative. These new emotions may cause the pregnant woman increased stress. Stress activates the sympathetic autonomic nervous system, increasing the adrenal production of stress hormones which can have a negative impact on childbearing and development.
Why have a pregnancy massage?
When relaxed an expectant woman will have steadier blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates; regular blood flow to the uterus, placenta and the foetus. She will have a healthier immune system and feel less fearful and anxious (Nichols and Humenick 2000).
Regular pregnancy massage will promote better sleep and improved moods in the Mum to be and studies show that their labours had fewer complications, including fewer premature births (Field et al. 1999).
With the growing belly causing more discomfort, fluid retention and joint aches, pregnancy massage can bring great relief.
Here are some of the benefits the mum-to-be may experience from massage: – Reduction in swelling of hands, feet and ankles Relief of sciatic pain Ease of muscular discomfort in lower back, neck and shoulders, hips and legs.
Relief from calf cramps and restless legs.
Preparation for childbirth by loosening the pelvis and ridding the body of excess tension prior to labour.
Reduction of shortness of breath or hyperventilation.
What happens during a session?
Sally will ensure that you are very comfortable and at ease throughout the treatment.
As you progress through your pregnancy and lying on your tummy becomes no longer appropriate, for your comfort and safety the treatment will be carried out in a side-lying position.
Extra pillows and/or bolsters will be used to maximise your well-being and relaxation.
If you suffer from chronic and/or severe pain however, please consult your GP as to the suitability of massage for your specific condition.
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