Pregnancy massage is a time to pause and acknowledge the physical, emotional and mental changes that occur during pregnancy. Not every pregnancy is the same, so treatment is tailored to suit the needs of mum-to-be. Pregnancy massage uses techniques specific to the common musculoskeletal issues that are unique to pregnancy.
It is recommended that mothers coordinate their massage treatment with their GP, OB/GYN or midwife check-ups. This ensures that we can provide the best massage treatment relative to your health and your baby’s development.
Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include:
Pregnancy massage can help the mother sleep more easily and deeply by soothing and relaxing the nervous system.
Manage physical changes during pregnancy:
Studies indicated that massage is safe and effective in managing physical changes of pregnancy, such as the increased lumbar lordosis that causes discomfort in the lower back and pelvis.
Massage during pregnancy has been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin (the happy-feel-good chemicals) and decrease levels of cortisol and norepinephrine (stress hormones).
Decreased likelihood of premature birth:
Studies show that pregnancy massage can improve neonatal outcomes and decrease incidences of prematurity and low birthweight.
Manage Labour Pains:
Studies show that women who received prenatal massage felt more relaxed, experienced less tension and reduced anxiety during the initial stages of labour.
PLUS – Partner Massage during the first stage of labour can help you feel supported and relaxed during childbirth!
Pregnancy massage assists in managing many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as:
- muscular discomforts, lower-back pain, upper-back pain, neck pain
- joint aches, such as sacroiliac and hip joint pain
- leg cramps
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- oedema/swelling of the lower extremities
Resources and Links:
Field T1, Diego MA, Hernandez-Reif M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C. Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2004 Jun;25(2):115-22. Viewed 20/9/17
Oswald C, Higgins CC, Assimakopoulos D. Optimizing pain relief during pregnancy using manual therapy. Can Fam Physician. 2013 Aug;59(8):841-2. Viewed 20/9/17
Smith CA, Levett KM, Collins CT, Jones L. Massage, reflexology and other manual methods for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 2. Viewed 20/9/17