Pregnancy Massage South Woodford
Massage in pregnancy is a wonderful experience. It helps a women to relax, supports her body during a period of physiological change and helps to prepare the whole body for birth. Pregnancy can put a strain on the body and there are number of problems during pregnancy that women suffer from, the most common are:
- Lower back and Sciatic Pain
- Muscular stiffness
- Calf cramps
- Swelling of hands and feet
- Sinus congestion
- Mood swings
Good for Mother
But women even if they are pregnant still cannot stop doing casual jobs, because dinner has to be cooked, house still has to be cleaned, and there is plenty to do preparing for baby’s arrival. It is important during this time, to relax and enjoy her time while she is carrying the baby. Massage provides a special time for the client to unwind and helps the women focus on her body and her baby. Massage can help to relieve aches and pains and other common health problems experienced during pregnancy.
Good for Baby
Massage is good for baby too. Research has shown that the unborn baby can be affected by the stress levels experienced by its mother. Massage has an indirect relaxing effect on the baby as the mother releases oxytocin and prolactin as a result of skin stimulation. Generally the more relaxed a mother feels during pregnancy, the more relaxed pregnancy and birth is likely to be.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
- Relieve pain and stress
- Improve circulation
- Lymphatic drainage
- Supporting body during change
- Prepare body for birth
- Practice deep breathing for birth preparation
- Release vital ‘feel good’ hormones
- Benefits for baby as well as mother
- Give expecting mother ‘me’ time
How long will it take?
It is recommended to have at least an hour of massage for pregnancy but it can last for up to 90 minutes. The client made comfortable by the means of soft pillows and all stiffness in problem areas is addressed to improve circulation and stimulate relaxation.
If you are pregnant or if you know anyone who is pregnant and is in need of care, Pregnancy Masage can be booked by calling the clinic on 020 8989 3338 during our working hours.
Text and images courtesy of London School of massage