Pregnancy is a life changing experience, emotionally and physically, and every pregnancy is a totally individual and unique experience. Some mothers breeze through the whole experience beautifully, but the vast majority experience some level of physical or emotional ups and downs before, during and after pregnancy.
By aiding circulation, massage eases the load on the heart, keeping her blood pressure under control and minimising varicosities.
Muscular discomforts, such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, sciatica tension and knots are typical during pregnancy.
Massage has been proven to reduce stress hormone levels, which can relieve stress, depression or anxiety
Perhaps due to the increased blood flow to mucus membranes that occurs with pregnancy, many expectant mothers experience headaches and sinus congestion.
Quite commonly expectant women experience swollen ankles and some swelling. By stimulating lymphatic drainage, massage can help the body accommodate and process the excessive water.
Through massage function to increase systemic blood circulation, an increase in oxygen and nutrients can reach the foetal cells. This results in better nourishment and a greater index of health for the unborn baby.
While pregnancy hormones relax tendons and ligaments to accommodate a growing belly, the addition of massage can relax the accompanying muscles. Muscle relaxation has many benefits to an expectant mother, including a decrease in muscular cramps and increased flexibility to help with the birth process.