For A Nurturing Childbearing Experience Through Massage
Apart from alleviating the physical discomforts that may seem unavoidable during your pregnancy, such as leg cramps, back pain and fluid retention, prenatal massage also has the following benefits
Pregnant women have often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy. Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. Studies indicate that massage performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Studies done in the past years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when bi-weekly massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care for only five weeks. These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when relaxing, therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
Swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Many women will experience sciatic nerve pain in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Pregnancy Massage addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester.
Women with reoccurring lower back pain often tell they didn’t have any problems until the birth of their first child. The lower back pain generally worsens progressively even after the pregnancy and then with each successive pregnancy. Commonly, women are not told there are solutions. Yet, there are. The particular solution I recommend is gentle, painless and highly effective. Mothers-to-be don’t have to live with discomfort and pain throughout the pregnancy in the hope that it will go away after the pregnancy.
The pelvis is a key structure of the body: it contains and supports a number of organs and it supports the spinal column. During pregnancy it supports the weight of the developing baby. To help with a healthy pregnancy, ideally mothers-to-be should ensure good structural alignment of the pelvis before the beginning of the pregnancy. Although it is possible to align the pelvis until the fifth month of pregnancy, depending on the mobility of the mother-to-be, it’s not as easily done as before the pregnancy
I recommend regular Massage help alignment of the pelvis and the resolution of lower back pain associated with pregnancy. The methodology is extremely safe for mother and baby, and it’s gentle: techniques are so gentle that they can be used for treatment of pain and dysfunctions for the entire duration of the pregnancy. There are no contraindications or side effects.
During pregnancy, the growth of the baby produces forces on the internal organs, veins, arteries and nerves of the mother (just wait until they start kicking in there!). Massage is effective not only for problems of the musculoskeletal system, but also in resolving the inflammation and entrapment of nerves, arteries, veins and organs due to the growth of the baby in the womb. By relieving the stress and pressure placed on organs, arteries, veins and nerves, mother and baby will both benefit from a healthier- functioning mum.
A proper pelvis alignment means the mother will have strength in her muscles to support the additional weight of the baby, good blood flow in the pelvis area, optimal nerve conduction to all the structures and adequate venous and lymphatic drainage. This makes the last part of the pregnancy and the delivery easier. It also helps the mother recover quickly following the delivery.