During pregnancy it is known pregnant mums are unable to digest many medications and even need to avoid the use of most topical creams and some oils. As a result, they often seek out more holistic and natural remedies or therapies, in order to find relief from the demands being placed on their body during this time.
Pregnant mothers will experience many changes within their body besides their growing belly. Every system is affected from hormone production, weight gain, headaches, leg cramps, insomnia, expansion of the uterus as well as the constant body aches, especially in the back just to name a few. These are just some of the reasons many mothers seek out massage as a natural alternative for pain relief and a strategy for supporting their well-being during their pregnancy.
Some of the benefits of massage during pregnancy are:
- Reduction of stress hormones
- increase in blood flow
- help with lymphatic efficiency flushing unwanted toxins from the body
- improved ability to relax
- fluid retention more so in your hands, legs and feet
- decrease symptoms of depression
- releasing muscle tension via massage particularly in the last trimester as the extra weight of the baby applies added pressure and strain on your pelvic area, back and neck
- Also relief of sciatica pain this is generally felt in the lower back and sometimes running down the back of one leg to the knee.
- Improvement in sleep
- Some well-earned quiet ‘you time’
Before your massage you will need to fill out a detailed form with many questions regarding your state of health and reasons you require a massage. All this information will help the therapist to plan a personalised massage treatment just for you, targeting those aches and pains in need of release.
Some things to be considered before and after your massage.
- Always dress comfortably, you may be asked to just leave your underwear on before lying on the table however this is something you can discuss with your therapist as it is important to feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Shaving your legs is optional, especially in the last few weeks as this may be difficult for some mothers.
- Remember to put your phone on silent prior to the commencement of your massage, you don’t want to be worrying that your phone might ring during your session as this may cause you stress defeating the whole purpose of a relaxing massage.
- Finally, remember to drink water afterwards, as it’s important to hydrate and flush away any toxins that have been released during your massage.