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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.
The festive season has begun and it is always an exciting time of year. It is the perfect opportunity to rest and let your body recover. A perfect opportunity to surprise your loved one with a Christmas gift, a sports massage voucher from PLPR, designed by staff member Leah Boal. An example voucher can be seen below!
Often, we take a break from exercise over the festive period and return in the new year with a sudden increase in exercise, often in line with New Year resolutions. This acute increase can however lead to injury, as described in a previous blog post by Park Lane Performance and Rehabilitation.
To keep yourself healthy over the festive period, we recommend that if you reduce your activity, you build it up slowly in the New Year and place emphasis on recovery periods. A post-Christmas sports massage would be a perfect way to recover and can be redeemed until April 2019.
If you would like to purchase a Christmas Voucher (60 mins £40 & 30 mins £25) then please call Ben on 07988988728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Al & Ben completed the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 14th of October in a very damp York. Fortunately the wind of 24 hours earlier had settled down and initially it seemed like perfect conditions for a good time but it never stopped and was a miserable day in the end. Now that the dust has settled from completing their first marathon, Al and Ben reflect on the experience.
Ben - I wouldn't say that I hit the wall. My pace definitely slowed and I felt like I had lost power from about 16 to 21 miles, but mentally I kept strong and like Al, used a number of explicit phrases to ensure that I did not walk. I knew that if I walked, I would not get moving again. There was one point that was mentally quite tough, as I looked up to see a female athlete power walking in front of me and I couldn't catch her! In the end I got a second wind and went past!
Did anything help you through?
We raised over £500 for The Whole Autism Family. Al tells us "It has been brilliant to raise money for The Whole Autism Family. The charity is very close to my heart as it was set-up by my cousin and his wife in light of their experience of the support (or lack of) for families with Autistic children. It certainly helped to keep me going when it got tough."
How has the recovery gone?
Ben - In the grand scheme of things not too bad. The only thing that took a while was the calf where I have had a previous muscle injury. But after about 5 days it was back to normal. One thing that I have noticed is that I have felt drained for the two weeks since, and a couple of gym sessions have resulted in some quite heavy DOMS.
Al - I've been surprised by how quickly I recovered. I expected to be walking like John Wayne for around a week afterwards but within a couple of days the muscle soreness settled down. I think the biggest difficulty has been getting a decent sleep, I felt pretty knackered for the whole week afterwards.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored us and all the support we received in the lead up to the race and on the day, it was a massive help!