Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman to learn more about her body and become more in tune with herself, and massage is the perfect tool to help with this. Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage can be used to simply induce relaxation and reduce stress, but can also be used to help relieve the aches and pains that so many people believe to be a normal side effect of pregnancy….What if I suggested that there is a possibility that these aches and pains need not plague you from day to day?!
Massage can help with many things:
Stress Reduction and Relaxation;
Pregnancy can often be a time of both positive and negative emotions, joys, concerns and stresses, not to mention a myriad of different bodily sensations; aches, pains and sometimes fatigue which can sometimes lead to increased stress. These increased stresses can increase stress hormones within the body and impact negatively on childbearing and development.
“When relaxed, an expectant woman will have steadier blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates; regular blood flow to the uterus, placenta and fetus; and healthier immune system functioning, emotional states, and responses to stressful stimuli, and she feels less fearful and anxious.” (Nichols and Humenick 2000)
“In one study, pregnant women who were massaged twice weekly for 5 weeks experienced less anxiety and less leg and back pain. They reported better sleep and improved moods, and their labours had fewer complications, including fewer premature births.” (Field et al. 1999)
Reduction of Musculo-skeletal Strain and Pain;
Targeted massage treatments can aid in the relief of many of the following:
Back and Pelvic Pain
- Sacroiliac Pain – Soreness in the upper buttocks, across the bony pelvis area at the back.
- Upper Back Pain – Around the neck and shoulders and between the shoulder blades.
- Lower Back Pain – In the lumbar area, into the buttocks and backs of the thighs.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pain and numbness in the wrist, arm and hand.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pain and numbness in the ankle and foot.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Pain, numbness or tingling of an entire band along the arm.
Other Physiological Benefits;
- Oedema, varicose veins and high blood pressure often respond well to massage.
- Massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial work and stretching can help to ease restrictions in the chest.
Essential oils can be incorporated into this treatment if required. The dilution will be adjusted accordingly and certain oils will be off limits completely.