What is a prenatal massage?
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
How does a prenatal massage work?
The goals of a prenatal massage are essentially the same as your regular massage: to help you relax, de-stress, and address any areas of tension or pain so that you leave your session feeling ease and balance in your body and mind. Usually pregnant women have some issues they would like to take care of that are not on their regular list. These can include low back and hip pain or tension due to the ever increasing weight they are carrying in front, digestive and breathing issues due to the crowding of organs in the abdominal cavity, and upper back issues due to, yes, among other factors, ever increasing breast size.
What are the benefits of a prenatal massage?
Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you're pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency, flushing out toxins from your body.