Dec 4, 2010
Elements Therapeutic Massage Spokane has therapists trained in Pre-Natal Massages for expecting mothers. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy, first, second, or third trimester.
Physical ailments associated with pregnancy are centered on decreased circulation in the body, joint pain, and muscle fatigue as the body changes; Pre-Natal Massage is directed specifically to cater to these pregnancy discomforts. Decreased circulation and edema can be improved through massage stimulation as it improves the oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles providing more skin elasticity during pregnancy. Massage has been shown to encourage the stretching of muscles and reaching full range of motion in joints.
Focusing on the individual, Pre-Natal massage can provide an atmosphere to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Numerous studies have shown a link between high levels of anxiety and stress to increased complications during labor and delivery; as such Pre-Natal Massage can have a powerful overall effect for pregnancy.
Natural changes in hormone levels that accompany pregnancy include an increase of norepinephrine and cortisol (stress hormones) as well as a decrease in serotonin levels (low levels are associated with depression). Women who have received massages during pregnancy have shown significantly altered levels of these hormones, decreasing stress hormones and increasing serotonin levels. Reducing the changes in hormone levels has been associated with fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications.
Given the physical and mental benefits associated with Pre-Natal massages and acknowledging this special time in your life, we encourage you to discuss massage with your prenatal care provider prior to adding it to your prenatal program.
At Elements Therapeutic Massage Spokane, each massage is individually customized to best fit your health and wellness regimen. Contact one of our 3 Spokane Elements Therapeutic Massage locations to book an appointment with one of our specialists.