Throughout pregnancy, your body goes through significant changes. Some of these can be uncomfortable, stressful, and at times painful. Our remedial massage therapists individually tailor the treatment to each expecting mother using organic oils and pregnancy pillows. It is also a beneficial treatment at a time when you can’t use some medicines.
10 Benefits of Pregnancy Massage:
1. Reduces musculoskeletal tension on stressed muscles and joints:
Common pain during pregnancy includes the lower back, ankles, pelvis, shoulders and neck caused by changes in posture, weight bearing and muscle imbalance and weakness. Massage can help relax tense muscles and loosen over-toned muscles - allowing more natural movement and sleep much more comfortable.
2. Improves range of motion:
Tight muscle can limit movement. Restoring muscular integrity can help to improve flexibility, which is helpful especially during the last trimester.
3. Decreases oedema:
Reduce swelling in hands, feet and legs.
4. Lessen sciatica (lower back) pain:
Irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve is widespread in pregnancy and can result in pain, numbness, tingling and burning sensation changes starting in the gluteal region and referring down the back of the leg to the feet. If muscular in origin (piriformis syndrome) massage can help by decreasing the tightness in the muscles around the lower back and glutes, which helps to reduce the irritation or compression of the nerve.
5. Minimise calf cramps:
Massage helps carry away the lactic acid and other cellular waste products that build up and cause muscle fatigue.
6. Reduce sinus congestion:
Sinus congestion may occur during pregnancy due to the increase in blood volume and vasodilation which can then cause hyperaemia and oedema in the upper respiratory mucosa. To relieve sinus congestion, our remedial therapists gently massage the face to encourage nasal drainage.
7. Reduces high blood pressure and varicose veins:
Massage improves circulation and eases the load to your heart which helps keep your blood pressure in check.
8. Increases oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both Mum and Bub:
Massage increases local and general blood circulation, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both the Mum and Bub.
9. Increases relaxation and sleep, which can reduce anxiety:
Massage helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, which allows the mother to sleep more efficiently and more deeply.
10. Strengthens Mum-baby connection
Help facilitate the body with a therapeutic, remedial pregnancy massage with our remedial therapists today.
Resources and further reading
- McInerney, C. (2015). Certificate of Pregnancy Massage. Pregnancy Massage Australia.
- Osborne, C. (2012). Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Stillerman, E. (2008). Prenatal Massage. 3rd ed. Missouri: Mosby Elsevier.