Although pregnancy is a very joyful and exciting time, it can also bring about many aches and pains – particularly in the last few months. One great way to ease these ailments is a massage. Massage is known to offer many health benefits including relaxation and stress relief, and pregnancy massage is no exception. Here are a few of the benefits expectant mums enjoy when they book a massage.
As your baby grows, your belly grows – and that means that your centre of gravity shifts. The result is often back pain. Massage offers much-needed relief as it relaxes tight muscles and helps relieve physical tension. Massage can also relieve sciatica, another common problem experienced by pregnant women. Headaches and even migraines are also common during pregnancy; massage can ease any pain caused by stress or tension, leading to significantly reduced or even eliminated head, neck, and shoulder pain.
Reduction of heartburn
Pregnancy is notorious for causing an increase in heartburn. That’s because the digestive system can become more sluggish to allow extra time for your baby to absorb essential nutrients. This slowing down can result in problems such as heartburn and constipation. Heartburn can be worsened by stress; a massage can reduce stress and, by extension, heartburn, making mum much more comfortable.
When your body is busy growing a baby, your circulation is working twice as hard as usual. That means that leg cramps and swelling are more common. Mi.ko Massage therapy can help. Massage can boost circulation, helping remove toxins from the body and decrease swelling.
Fewer stretch marks
As your belly grows, your skin stretches tight, and the result is often stretch marks. Massage oils moisturise and soothe stressed skin, helping it accommodate the increasing size of your growing baby bump without forming stretch marks. Be wary of using essential oils on your own for this purpose; professional remedial massage therapists with experience in pregnancy massage know what oils are safe and effective for expectant women and their babies.
When to avoid massage
Pregnancy massage is highly beneficial for most pregnant women most of the time; however, there are certain times when massage isn’t the right choice. Remedial massage therapists who are qualified in pregnancy massage are familiar with conditions and situations that make massage inappropriate for pregnant women. Some of these conditions include extreme morning sickness, high/low blood pressure, heavy or bloody vaginal discharge, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and unidentified pain.
Book your massage therapy at Mi.ko Massage Therapy
Located in the heart of Abbotsford, Mi.ko Massage Therapy offers a personal touch when it comes to remedial and pregnancy massage. We place a strong emphasis on education, overall health, and injury and disease prevention. We tailor treatments to individual needs, providing custom services to each client we see. If you would like to experience the benefits of pregnancy massage, it’s vital to visit a qualified and insured remedial massage therapist. At Mi.ko Massage Therapy, we offer safe and effective massage services to help you feel your best throughout your entire pregnancy. Contact us today to treat yourself to the relaxing massage you deserve.