For centuries, massage therapy has been used to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and improve overall health. During pregnancy, it’s more important than ever to look after your health and manage your stress levels. That’s why pregnancy is the perfect time to enjoy a massage. Here are some of the benefits of pregnancy massage.
Massage therapy during pregnancy can alter hormones in a positive way that reduces stress, promoting relaxation, mood regulation, and improved cardiovascular health. Massage lowers the stress hormone cortisol and norepinephrine and boosts serotonin and dopamine, reducing the risk that you will experience depression and anxiety. Optimal hormone levels also decrease your risk of some pregnancy-related issues including childbirth complications and low birth weight.
Reduction of swelling
Swelling, or oedema, during pregnancy, is a common problem due to a decrease in blood circulation as well as the heavy uterus pressing on major blood vessels. Michelle from Mi.ko Massage Therapy has specialised training in perinatal care – which includes pregnancy massage therapy. She delivers these service in Four Season Wellness Centre located in Abbotsford. Massage therapy can help by stimulating soft tissues and increasing their ability to remove excess fluids from joints. Massage also helps the body’s lymph system remove tissue waste, further aiding in the reduction of oedema.
Many pregnant women experience back and nerve pain, particularly later in pregnancy when the uterus places a larger amount of pressure on the lower back and pelvic floor. This pressure can cause sciatica and other types of nerve pain as well as uncomfortable tension in the legs and back. Massage helps by relieving muscle tension, thereby improving inflamed nerves. Pregnancy massage is particularly useful for minimising sciatic nerve pain and pelvic girdle pain a common issue during the third trimester.
Pregnancy massage precautions
Just as with any therapy or medical or holistic treatment during pregnancy, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider and be sure that you have their go-ahead. However, pregnancy massage is extremely safe throughout all three trimesters when performed by a properly trained massage therapist. Specific knowledge about body positions, problems to watch for (such as symptoms of blood clots), and how to avoid strain on the uterine ligaments are essential to ensuring that you receive safe, effective treatment, so make sure your massage therapist has training in pregnancy massage.
If you would like to enjoy the relaxation and health benefits of pregnancy massage, Mi.ko Massage Therapy can help. With special training and skills, we offer pregnancy massage using techniques tailored to each trimester and each client’s unique needs and preferences. Whether you live in Abbotsford, Hawthorn, Fitzroy, or massage therapy can be a beneficial part of your prenatal care. As a small, independently-owned business based in Melbourne, we cater to each client and are passionate about the health benefits of massage. With an extensive background in healthcare and a holistic approach to wellness, we can help you make your pregnancy as healthy and comfortable as possible. Please contact Mi.ko Massage Therapy today to learn more.
Get in touch with Michelle from Mi.ko Massage Therapy to discuss the appropriate treatment for you.