4 Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Prenatal massage is a massage therapy that focuses on the specific needs of mothers-to-be. During pregnancy, the body goes through many changes, some of which can be very dramatic. Prenatal massage has a wide range of benefits, including reducing stress on muscles and joints, improving circulation, and relieving physical and even mental fatigue.
TOW Prenatal Massage can help to ease the discomfort that often comes with pregnancy. We help mothers-to-be to prepare for labor as well as provide nurturing emotional support.
Here are just a few benefits of prenatal massage.
1. Back pain relief
As your baby grows, the weight can cause additional pressure on the pelvic area and lower back. For many mothers this can be quite painful towards the last trimester of pregnancy. Prenatal massage can help to relieve some of the tension caused by the extra weight, giving mother a chance to relax and prepare for her new arrival!
2. Reduce Stress and improve mood
Studies show that pregnant women who receive regular massages have increased levels of dopamine and serotonin. These are chemicals that are strongly related to happiness. Using prenatal massage to relax your muscles can also help you to relax your mind as well.
3. Reduce Swelling
Edema, or swelling in the feet and ankles, a normal part of pregnancy. This is because during pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of your developing baby. Normal edema may affect the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet. Although this is very common, it can be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Massage can help to stimulate blood flow to the affected areas and improve circulation to reduce the swelling.
4. Ease Labour pain
Regular prenatal massage can help to relax and strengthen the muscles associated with childbirth, and prepare your body for labour. When the body is too tense, the muscles can tire and make the process more painful. Massage can reduce the pressure on your joints and soothe your overworked muscles to help you get through labour smoothly.