Benefits of Pre Natal Massage
The Power of Touch
Mobile massage provides a safe and neutral situation in which to receive loving touch and stimulation of the skin senses, which is so important for emotional well-being, health and self-esteem. Skilled, nurturing touch is good for mum's and babies. Touch is fundamental to the development of a healthy human being, and touch deprivation in the early stages of life, is known to inhibit the emotional and physical growth of a child.
In one study, pregnant women massaged twice weekly for five weeks experienced less anxiety and less leg and back pain. They reported better sleep and improved moods and their labour had fewer complications, including fewer premature births. (Field et al.1999,Wadhwa et al.2001, Cooper et al.1996, Cranden 1979, Schneider 1999).
The Direct Effects of Pregnancy Massage on the Systems of the Body
An increase in blood circulation which in turn eases swollen legs and ankles. Numbness, tingling and burning sensations in the lower legs and feet as the extra fluid compresses will also be aided. Helps to prevent blood clots; particularly in the groin and legs.
Pregnant women often have a shortness of breath as the growing uterus, enlarged abdomen and breasts, a change in posture places strain on the respiratory system. This in turn places strain on the neck and shoulder muscles which can be targeted during the massage.
Massaging the problematic areas of the muscular system which are usually the lower back, upper back, sacral and sciatic. Easing muscular tension and aiding relaxation.
Massage increases lymphatic drainage; the removal of excess fluid in the tissues, reducing oedema and removal of waste from the system. Regular massage may help to strengthen the immune system, due to the increase of white blood cells.
Massage stimulates the nervous system; either stimulating and energizing or soothing depending on the techniques used. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping promote relaxation and the reduction of stress. Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins, which are also known to elevate the moods.