What is a Pregnancy massage?
From the Ayurvedic medicines of India, to the indigenous women of North America, Pregnancy massage has been used as an effective therapy in almost every culture for the last 3000 years.
Mostly Swedish style massage strokes, this massage technique is specialised to meet the unique needs of pregnant women. Special care is taken with this massage technique, to help strengthen the mother-to-be’s body for the physical changes she will undergo during her pregnancy.
What are the benefits of getting a Pregnancy massage at home?
The main focus of Pregnancy massage is to support both the physiological and emotional wellbeing of mother and baby. Some of the benefits include:
Reduced stress - Similar to other massage methods, Pregnancy massage has been proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Allowing for higher levels of good hormones such as serotonin- resulting in improved moods and immunity.
Improved sleep- One of the hardest parts of pregnancy by far, is getting the rest you need in preparation for what your body is about to go through. Encouraging the production of serotonin and dopamine, Pregnancy massage has a calming effect on the expecting mother, allowing for a more relaxing sleep.
Reduced Swelling - A common problem during pregnancy, low circulation and extra pressure on blood vessels can cause swelling- particularly of the joints. The gentle manipulation of the soft tissue used in Pregnancy Massage, will lower the buildup of fluids around the joints and increase circulation, preventing further build up.
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