Massage therapy has been used for centuries to relieve pain, anxiety, and tension while improving overall health and wellbeing. Pregnant women have much to gain from utilizing therapeutic massage as part of their prenatal health plan, such as improved circulation, eased soreness, and lower anxiety, but it can also help the baby as well. A happy, healthier mom will make for a happier and healthier kid as well!
Prenatal massage can help ease the harder parts of pregnancy in a number of ways. Massage therapy can help pregnant women with their hormone regulation, circulation, and eased joint pain. Pregnancy is a stressful time, and studies have shown that regular massage therapy in pregnant women is linked to significant reductions in stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine, which leads to improved heart health and mood regulation. Lower stress can also lead to a reduction in risks of complications, such as lower birth weights. In addition, massage can improve circulation by stimulating the soft muscle tissues around joints, which helps prevent fluids from pooling. This makes it easier for the lymphatic system to remove waste from the tissues and eases the pressure around the joints, reducing stiffness and pain caused by the swollen joints. As has been said over and over by researchers and massage therapists alike, massage therapy also has positive outcomes in terms of anxiety and stress. By helping reduce the amount of stress hormones in the body, easing pain and discomfort, and working out muscle tension, massage therapy lowers stress and anxiety in pregnant women. The physical and mental benefits of prenatal massage really speak for themselves!
As you can see, there are many benefits of prenatal massage, and at Elements Massage at the Scottsdale Promenade, we have therapists who are certified prenatal massage therapists. If you or a loved one is currently going through this beautiful but uncomfortable process, consider therapeutic massage as part of the prenatal routine. The physical and mental benefits will make for a healthier pregnancy for mother and baby alike!