Everyone experiences pregnancy differently – from the physical changes to the way the baby is carried. The body goes through growing pains and changes during pregnancy, some of which can be painful and uncomfortable. That’s where pregnancy massage can help.
Massage therapy can relieve everyday discomfort including headaches, neck and back pain and leg cramps. Soft tissue techniques are used to relax and soothe areas that have become tight due to bodily changes associated with pregnancy. Massage therapy can also improve sleep, since muscle aches and pains are reduced.
One of the immediate benefits of pregnancy massage is the feeling of calm and relaxation it can bring. Pregnancy can be a stressful time. Physical discomforts and other changes to your everyday life can cause stress during pregnancy. Massage therapists can help combat this by using massage techniques to increase blood flow to the brain, leading to an improved mood and reducing stress hormone cortisol.
Massage therapy promotes lymphatic drainage and blood flow. Circulation is increased to help transport nutrients and oxygen to the cells, reducing swelling or oedema. It’s common to experience swelling in the feet and ankles during pregnancy, and massage therapy helps relieve this.
Pregnancy massage can also assist with:
- Nerve pain
Once you have given birth, make sure to take some time out to look after yourself as well as your bub. Hormonal changes, breastfeeding and lack of sleep can lead to tension, especially in the neck, shoulders and upper back. At Sports Focus we love babies, and you’re always welcome to bring your bub when you come in for your postnatal treatment.
Before having a prenatal massage, it’s important that you check with your physio if this is safe for you. Click here for more information about pregnancy massage or book your appointment online today.