Prenatal massage eases many discomforts of pregnancy and increases the likelihood of shorter less painful labor, and healthier babies. In this short post we’ll discuss some benefits of prenatal massage for you and your baby, including: assist in maintaining good posture, reduce swelling of joints and relieve head ache and muscle pain.
Assist in Maintaining Good Posture
Assists in maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. Source: MassageMag
Reduce Swelling of the Joints
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system. Source: AmericanPregnancy
Relieve Headache and Muscle Tension
Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste. Source: MassageEnvy
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