Research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can also be very beneficial in women’s prenatal care. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
The Benefits of Womb and Breast Massage
Historically women have understood the benefits of massaging the areas over the womb and the breasts… they knew this type of touch had the ability to help them heal and reconnect with their core and divine feminine energy…
Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage
A common symptom during pregnancy is edema (swelling) of the joints. Edema during pregnancy is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage therapy can help stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Another common complaint is sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves.
Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish massage, which aims to relieve tense muscles and improve lymphatic and blood circulation. Swedish massage is recommended because, through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body, it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Pre-Natal Massage Therapist
A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. (She’ll also know which areas and techniques to avoid.)
Elena Paskova is a massage specialist in Pre/Post Natal Massage at the Center for Massage Therapy.