BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE

BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE

 

 

Prenatal massage is therapeutic massage that has been used for centuries and focuses on the mother to be while her body is going through all the changes that come with pregnancy.

And although massage schools do teach massage therapy for a woman who is pregnant, it’s best to find a therapist who is certified in prenatal massage.

Check with your doctor before scheduling your appointment.

 

The benefits of prenatal massage:

 

1.Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints

2.Assists in many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy such as muscular discomforts, lower-back pain, upper-back pain, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, heartburn and acid reflux, fatigue, varicose veins, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, edema of the lower extremities, neck pain, interscapular pain, sacroiliac and hip joint pain and constipation.

3.Increases blood circulation which is not only going to help the mother to be but also the baby.

4.Helps stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression and anxiety that can be caused by hormonal changes.

5.Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body which will also help her get a nice deep sleep.

6.Help you maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight.

7.Helps with blood pressure.

8.Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.

  • Also if you didn’t know this, Coconut oil is the best way to moisturize your skin. It deeply penetrates into the skin rather than just sitting on the skin’s surface like many other lotions do, all without leaving you feeling all greasy or slimy. Many women’s skin may even be itchy throughout pregnancy as it stretches and the protective barrier that coconut oil leaves on your skin will not only keep it moisturized but keeps away environmental and other damage.

9.Supports the return of blood to the heart and increases blood flow to the uterus and placenta. With the enormous demands placed on the circulatory system during pregnancy, blood volume may increase up to 60 percent compared to pre-pregnancy levels. As pregnancy progresses and the uterus enlarges and presses deep into the pelvic bowl, venous return to the heart is hampered.

10.Prepares mother to be for an easier delivery.

11.Is a natural, safe, drug-free alternative choice for pain relief.

12.Provides expecting mothers with the emotional support and nurturing touch provided by nonsexual human touch and energy.

 

 

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Information pulled September 17, 2018

Sources:

https://www.kapuluancoconut.com/benefits-coconut-oil/5-beauty-uses-for-coconut-oil-during-pregnancy/

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/prenatal-massage/

https://www.massagemag.com/benefits-of-prenatal-massage-3204/

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