The act of massage is as old as time itself, and may even be the oldest form of medical care. Specific references to prenatal massage can be found in ancient texts on ayurvedic medicine, which recognise the need for the emotional and physical preparation of the mother-to-be in the momentous event of childbirth.
Expectant mums may experience a range of physical discomforts due to an increase in weight gain and a changing of body posture. These discomforts may include headaches and muscular tension, especially in the pelvic region and knees. Mums -to-be may also experience many emotional changes due to fluctuating hormonal levels.
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy. Massage can improve overall prenatal health and can be used as an emotional and physical support proven to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.
Other Benefits of Pregnancy massage include:
- Decreasing pain in the pelvic and hip area
- Increasing circulation
- Improving digestion
- Reducing fatigue
- Improving skin elasticity
- Promoting relaxation and deep breathing
- Reducing stress on weight bearing joints
- Improving outcome of labour and easing labour pain.
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