What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy is a beautiful and natural condition – nine transformative months full of excitement and joy. But there’s no doubt about it, the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy can be hard to bear. Pregnancy massage effectively eases these discomforts, bringing peace and tranquillity to both mother and baby.
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs. It is also called pre-natal massage.
How is pregnancy massage different from regular massage?
The mother’s body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.
Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
Benefits to the individual
Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It’s a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression.