Pregnancy is a special time full of new sensations. From growing waistlines, sore muscles, headaches and night time Charlie horses to increased appetites and heightened emotional sensitivities, there are so many changes that occur in a woman, both mentally and physically, it can be hard to keep track of it all. One thing is for certain though, massage is a great way to promote good feelings about one’s mind/body while inducing relaxation and a calming of the often overwhelming anxieties associated with pregnancy that can interfere with an otherwise wonderful experience.
Pre-natal massage is a type of massage that specifically addresses symptoms of pregnancy like backaches, edema, general aches and pains, and joint stress. Since blood volume increases in pregnant women, massage can help with blood and lymph circulation to ease tension from nerves or hormonal changes and help promote better sleep.
The first step is to talk to your doctor to ensure that your pregnancy is normal before seeking out a pre-natal massage. It’s best to let your doctor know that you would like to incorporate pre-natal massage into your care routine to discuss any potential issues. Then come into Elements Massage Chandler Village and speak to one of our experienced massage therapists about how you’ve been feeling lately. Our therapists are trained to deal with mothers-to-be and can provide information about therapy recommended for the many stages of pregnancy.
From Swedish massage to cranial sacral therapy, there are numerous types of massage modalities that can be applied to help you feel your best. Here’s a list of the many benefits of prenatal massage:
- Better sleep and heightened relaxation
- Reduced back and joint pains
- Decreased swelling and muscle tension
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels
- Alleviation of headaches (both migraine and tension headaches)
- Boosts oxygenation of blood and lymph fluids to help metabolize toxins
- Increased production of serotonin and endorphins
- Stimulated immune system
The list of benefits from pre-natal massages goes on! At such a special time in life, it’s incredibly important to take the utmost care of your mind and body and at Elements Chandler Village, we are happy to be a part of it.