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5 Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
1. Relieve aches and pains
Throughout pregnancy, there are many physiological changes that occur to a woman’s body that can affect the way she moves and the way she feels. For example, the extra weight of the growing baby shifts the centre of gravity forward and the natural curve of the lower back becomes more exaggerated, which can contribute to the common problem of lower back pain. Muscles can become achy and tense and the hormones released during pregnancy can cause ligaments to soften and increase their laxity (Calguneri et al., 1982), which may contribute to pain around the back, hips and pelvis. Massage is a great way to help with these aches and pains. It can help to release the tension found in muscles and alleviate some stress on weight-bearing joints. In a study completed by El-Hosary et al. (2016), massage was found to be effective in helping back pain, headaches and muscle cramps in pregnant women.
2. Improve blood circulation
Pregnancy massage can improve blood circulation, therefore increasing the amount of oxygen rich blood that is delivered to the soft tissues being worked on. Massage can also help with blood pressure (Moeini et al., 2011). It also stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps with the removal of waste material from tissues of the body.
3. Aids relaxation
One of the more important benefits of Pregnancy Massage is that it provides time for the mother to unwind, helps her relax and relieves stress. Massage can help pregnant ladies with anxiety and depression (Field et al. 2007). Field et al. (2004) found that after massage, pregnant ladies had higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, those ‘feel good’ hormones that help with anxiety and depression and suggested that pregnancy massage benefits mum and baby.
4. Improves sleep
Hollebach et al. (2013) reported that massage during pregnancy is associated with a better quality of sleep. By reducing any stress and anxiety mum may feel, massage may help the mum to get a better night’s sleep. Also, by helping relieve any aches or pains, mum might feel more comfortable in sleeping positions that allow her to get a good night’s rest.
5. Enjoy the experience of carrying baby
With all the changes going on, it is important for mums-to-be to relax and enjoy carrying their baby. Mums who are more relaxed, comfortable and happy can enjoy the experience of being pregnant. Pregnancy massage is a great way to help Mum enjoy this time and make the experience unforgettable.
Massage After Pregnancy
After 9 months of pregnancy, labour and birth, it’s safe to say the mum’s body has been through a lot! Now is the time to recover, relax and enjoy spending time with your baby. Massage is a great way to help the body to recover and give the new mum a bit of time to herself to relax and recuperate.
Call today if you have any questions about pregnancy massage or to book your pregnancy massage appointment. If you have any concerns or current conditions, it is best to consult your doctor before having pregnancy massage.
You can come up with so many reasons not to exercise after having a baby... You’re too tired, you don’t have time, you’re too overweight, you can’t find childcare etc. You can then have further worries; is your body ready? Will it hurt? Can it cause more damage to your body? And finally if you manage to wrap your head round actually doing it, you have the confusion surrounding how, what and where to do it! In the end it can seem easier not to do anything!
Exercise is actually great for you after having a baby and it can be really easy... You’ll even most likely find the benefits out way all the negatives. Some of the benefits of ante-natal exercise include:
These are just a few of the benefits there are so many more! Our new mum and baby exercise classes are starting soon to help you overcome the barriers to exercise and enjoy all the benefits exercise can bring. All you need to do is make the time and come on down! It will be a really relaxed setting that allows you to exercise with your baby alongside lots of other people going through similar experiences as you.
For more information on our Mummy & Me exercise classes visit www.parklaneperformance.com/postnatal. If you’re interested email email@example.com with a subject of “Mummy & Me class” or ring 07976676372 and Danielle will get back to you with more details.