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The Benefits of Prenatal Massage Therapy

Jan 3, 2017

 

Pregnancy can be a very exciting and emotional time in a woman’s life, but it can also be painful and stressful. Many women spend plenty of time and energy planning for their newborn’s arrival and making sure to do everything they can so that their baby will be healthy. However, it’s just as important to think about your needs! When you take care of yourself, you’ll also be helping your new addition to the family. One of the best, natural ways to improve your mental and physical health is with prenatal massage therapy from Elements Massage.

 

It relieves everyday aches and pains, including:

  • Back pain - Because of the extra weight you’re carrying, you will likely experience pain and discomfort, particularly in your lower back.

  • Headaches and neck pain - Everyone knows it can be tough to get through a day at work when you have constant pain in your head and neck. When the muscles in your neck are relaxed, you’ll suffer from fewer headaches, too.

  • Sciatic nerve pain - Nerve pain tends to become a problem later in the pregnancy as pressure is applied to the pelvic floor and legs, which in turn puts pressure on nearby nerves. By relieving the tension of surrounding muscles with massage, nerve pain is significantly reduced.

  • Edema (swelling) - During pregnancy, many of the joints throughout the body begin to swell due to poor blood circulation. Massage helps improve circulation by stimulating soft tissues, which also reduces the excess fluid that collects in swollen joints.

 

It also relieves many of the mental health issues that occur during pregnancy, including:

  • Stress - If you’ve ever had a massage, you know that it can give you a wonderful, relaxed feeling. That’s because it reduces hormone levels of norepinephrine and cortisol, which are associated with stress.

  • Depression - Studies have also shown that women who received prenatal massages had increased levels of the hormones dopamine and serotonin, which help to combat the effects of depression.

  • Sleeplessness - This is often caused by not being able to find a comfortable position to stay in throughout the night. After a massage, your whole body will feel much more relaxed, and you’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep, which in turn benefits your overall wellbeing.

 

Prenatal massage therapy has so many advantages, and it will make your pregnancy much easier. At Elements Massage in Cherry Hill, we have experienced members on our team who will do their best to make you as comfortable as possible. Plus, a prenatal massage is more affordable than you might think. Visit our massage rates page for more information on pricing, or give us a call and set up your appointment today!

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