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Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

Elements Therapeutic Massage Apr 16, 2013

Pregnancy is an amazing time that comes with many different challenges and rewards.  Some challenges can be mental, but many of them are physical.  A woman’s body shifts and changes to accommodate and support a new life, and while this is exciting it can also be uncomfortable.  Weight gain, stressed joints, sore muscles, back pain, and fatigue are some of the physical challenges that can occur with pregnancy.  Prenatal massages are a fantastic and low risk way of managing these physical changes and make a pregnancy more comfortable. 

Prenatal massages are excellent for decreasing swelling and relieving aches and pains.  By working out tense muscles and increasing blood flow, massage can help alleviate the stiffness and swelling, but it also has emotional and mental benefits as well.  Like all therapeutic massage, prenatal massage is excellent for reducing stress and tension, helping to lessen anxiety and depression during pregnancy.  Less stress and improved physical health have important implications for things like mood regulation as well as cardiovascular health.  Although pregnancy is rewarding, it can be difficult and strenuous.  With prenatal vitamins, watching what you eat, and attending classes, among the multitude of other things many people take on during pregnancy, a prenatal massage is an opportunity to not only improve your physical health, but also relax and gain positive mental outcomes as well. 

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