Anyone who’s experienced a good spa day knows that massage can be a wonderful relief to body and mind even when we’re at our best. Pains alleviated, relaxation achieved, a little slice of paradise cut into your routine to cut out the bad vibes. So what about prenatal massages? A lot of gossip goes around spreading myths about foot massages triggering labor or that deep tissue massages are off the table. Well, the good news is that those are myths however there is a pressure point on the ankle that can cause contractions.
Any bad experiences you may have heard are likely the result of someone who’s not gone through the specialized training just for prenatal massages that trains the massage therapist with all the techniques that are safe for and most beneficial to pregnant women. It’s unfortunate that there is no proper certification for prenatal massages so you will have to ask when scheduling your time in heaven.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let's move onto the actual benefits of prenatal massage.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Massage is capable of relieving many discomforts that are developed and experienced during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, posture changes and increased weight. A good prenatal massage can relieve backaches, stiff necks, leg cramps, headaches, and even edema. When getting your prenatal massage you should talk to your massage therapist about your symptoms to get a massage routine specialized to deal with your problems.
Maternity Massage also reduces the stress on weight-bearing joints such as your back and spine encouraging blood circulation and alleviating nervous tension. This all leads to better sleep and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Your pregnancy is going to be one of your last chances for a good night’s sleep for a long while so you should definitely take advantage of this.
Headaches can be a target of relief by focusing in on the head, neck, and shoulders which are easy and safe to massage all throughout your pregnancy. This is also a form of preventative medicine as reducing your levels of stress through massage can reduce the occurrence of migraines or tension headaches allowing you to power through your pregnancy with an unclouded and relaxed mind.
If you have been experiencing chronic muscle pains and cramps, then you’ll need massage focused on the afflicted areas that encourage blood flow. The increased blood flow and activity will help loosen up the muscles as well as getting toxins and metabolic waste out of there so your body can heal and stop aching so much.
Also, many of your bodies general aches and pains caused throughout pregnancy can be reduced or completely countered by the release of serotonin which coincidentally is naturally stimulated through massage. It’s the all natural way for your body to fight pain and get through this tough time, so it feels good for you and is healthy for your baby.
Overall, prenatal massage can be a godsend when performed by the properly trained massage therapist. It’ll clear out all those chronic aches and pains that can make pregnancy hard on you. Besides, with all you’re doing for your future child already, you probably deserve a little extra R&R.