Stress and Fatigue
Pregnancy is a time of many changes, some eagerly embraced and others less welcomed. Your body is adapting to the new life growing within you. Massage is a wonderful way to relax and increase your energy. It also helps relieve some of the discomforts you experience during your pregnancy.
Change, even welcomed, is stressful. The tension caused by stress, along with the physical changes of a pregnancy, can sap your energy. A soothing massage can relieve physical and emotional tensions. It can also help you sleep better and boost your energy level.
Massage loosens tight muscles and calms the nervous system. In massage you become more aware of your body. This awareness helps you recognize tension as it builds during the day and helps you gain the ability to then consciously release this tension. This body awareness can help tremendously during labor.
When blood circulation is increased through massage more oxygenated blood and nutrients are brought to the cells of both mother and baby.
Lactic acid and other cellular waster products can build up and cause muscle fatigue during pregnancy. Massage pushes these waste products through the lymphatic system to be processed out of the body.
You will be comfortably supported with pillows during your massage. In later pregnancy you can get a complete massage in a side lying position. If lying down is simply not comfortable you can remain seated for a relaxing massage.
Massage can help with many of the aches and pains you experience as your body changes during pregnancy. Massage can:
Relieve pain in your muscles and joints that are supporting extra weight.
Increase flexibility, making it easier for your body to adjust to the additional weight.
Ease constipation, gas, and heartburn as general relaxation stimulates intestinal movement.
Reduce excess fluid retention by gently pushing fluids into circulation where it can be eliminated.
Slow the progress of varicose veins by promoting circulation.
Your Comfort During a Massage
Aches and Pains