What Is A Pre-Natal Massage and What Are the Benefits

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What is prenatal massage?

Young pregnant woman receiving relaxing prenatal massageThis is massage that is specifically tailored to meet the needs of pregnant mothers. During pregnancy, women will tend to experience many changes in their bodies. Some of the changes will lead them to feeling pain and discomforts. Through use of the massage they are able to ease the pain and stay comfortable. Pre-natal massage is used to ease sore spots in pregnant mothers, relax tense muscles, improves blood circulation and the mobility of women when pregnant.

Because women develop tender and swollen breasts during pregnancy, they will not feel comfortable to lie face down on a massage table. It is not also good for women to lie on their backs especially after they are past mid pregnancy. This is because the uterus can exert too much pressure on the vein that returns blood to the heart from the legs. In order to ensure the mother is comfortable, the therapist will use a special table that has hollowed out areas to make the woman comfortable during Pre-natal massage. There are also special pillows provided by the therapist to ensure the woman is comfortable during the massage.

What Are the Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage

Relieving Headaches and Migraines

During pregnancy a woman can start developing headaches and migraines. It is very easy to relieve the headaches and migraines trough application of massage. For the massage to relieve headaches, it will have to be focused on the neck, head and shoulders. Relaxing trigger points during pre-natal massage can also contribute towards relieving the headaches.

Relieving Muscle Tensions

Due to the added weight of the fetus, the mother will tend to experience muscle tensions. It is very easy for the mother to relieve the tension by visiting a massage centre where the therapist will massage the woman and ensure they encourage blood flow to the affected areas. The massage encourages flow of oxygenated blood to different parts of the body. Oxygen rich blood will lead to an increase in the flow of lymphatic fluids in women which will in return lead to the body to getting rid of metabolic waste.

Easing Fatigue and Backaches

The therapists know different types of massage that they can apply to a women which will lead her to getting rid of fatigue, backaches, swelling and leg cramps which is common in women in different periods of their pregnancy. The massage also stimulate the release of serotonin which is very helpful in countering pains felt during pregnancy.