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The Benefits of Prenatal Massage

pregnant woman with a toodler leaning on her belly:text: benefits of prenatal massageAll of the changes your body goes through while pregnant can make you suffer from unexplained and unusual aches and pains, aside from the obvious things like an ever-growing belly and some sleepless nights, of course. The last trimester, in particular, is well known for being a little uncomfortable. As the baby grows at this stage and your body must accommodate the rapid growth rate. A prenatal massage, once you know that any aches you’re feeling are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about, can be a great way of easing the discomfort that growing another human being can cause!

If you’re working through any of the following conditions, you might enjoy the benefits of a prenatal massage.

Prenatal massage can help you ease backaches.

A growing baby changes your posture, which can lead to lower backache and sometimes upper backache too. Massage helps to relax and loosen up tight muscles, which reduce tension in your back and prevent backache.

Heartburn

As pregnancy progresses, you may find that your digestion slows down, and you end up with complaints like constipation and heartburn. Always remember that stress can make things even worse. Massage will help calm you and your digestive system back down, which may help to ease symptoms.

SPD or PGP

These conditions are caused by the ligaments and joints being softened due to a hormone called relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can be debilitating. A prenatal massage helps the symptoms by releasing oxytocin and endorphins help relieve the discomfort.

Sciatica

Pregnancy can put pressure on your sciatic nerve, which leads to pain down the back of the thigh, leg, and sometimes the sole. Try a gentle massage if you’re suffering from sciatica, as it can sometimes help release the pressure on the nerve that causes the pain.

Prenatal massage can help with headache and migraine

A common pregnancy complaint, headaches, is often affected by hormones and made worse by stress or tension in the head, neck, and shoulder area. Massage is well known for being excellent at headache relief and can also be a Godsend if you can’t take any painkillers.

Stretch Marks

Using nourishing oil to massage your belly can moisturize your skin and can help to prevent stretch marks from forming. Be careful to use a blend that’s approved for pregnancy, though – ask your therapist for advice if you’re not sure.

Warning for a prenatal massage

Always make sure that if you are booking a prenatal massage, it’s carried out by a properly qualified therapist.

If you are suffering from any of the following, please see a healthcare professional rather than your massage therapist.:

  • Morning sickness or extreme nausea
  • Heavy, bloody, or watery vaginal discharge
  • High blood pressure or/and pre-eclampsia
  • Diabetes
  • High temperature or fever
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Unusual or identified pains you have not had before
  • Contagious illness

Massage is safe for anyone experiencing a healthy pregnancy. Call us or book in for a prenatal massage session to help you ease those aches and pain and make you feel great as well!

 

Brilliant Massage & Skin

Burlington, Vermont