Massage has many scientifically proven health benefits such as stimulating the blood and lymph systems, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins, stabilizing hormonal levels, and adding tone and flexibility to muscles, all of which enhance the health of both you and your baby.
As the baby develops in the womb, the mother’s centre of gravity gradually shifts. As the weight of baby and mother increases, added stress is placed on weight bearing joints. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause joints to loosen, leading many women to experience discomfort, particularly in the pelvis and lower back. Massage increases flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight whilst helping to alleviate aches and pains, leg cramps, muscle spasms and water retention.
Massage is also particularly beneficial in increasing circulation throughout pregnancy. Improved blood flow increases the supply of oxygenated blood and nutrients to the placenta. Similarly, a therapeutic touch speeds up the elimination of toxins and excess fluid to help boost your immune system and energy levels.
And of course, the power of relaxation brought about by massage is never to be underestimated during pregnancy. Regular massage sessions can bring back a sense of body-mind integration, putting you in a state of calm acceptance of your continually evolving physical form. There is after all, no other time in a woman’s life when she more deserves to be luxuriously pampered than when she is pregnant ………
Check out Everyday Maternity for our special maternity massage offer.