Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep, and calm an active baby.
- Relieves headaches
- Helps alleviate morning sickness
- Reduces fatigue
- Alleviates backaches
- Relieves leg cramps
- Reduces swelling/edema
- Relieves pain from varicose veins
- Enhances sleep
- Prepares pelvic muscles for birth process
During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, which may assist in the prevention of anemia. An increase in muscle tone and flexibility will occur, alleviating leg cramps and muscle spasms. Massage during pregnancy is also a great way to relieve everyday tension and the general aches and pains your body is suffering. It stimulates your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system.
* Woman with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained pregnancy massage therapist. However, woman in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program.