These treatments are specifically aimed towards the benefit of the pregnant women, relieving aches and pains, encouraging relaxation and wellbeing for mum and baby.
It aids circulation, reducing oedema and cramps, helps regulate the digestive system, relieves aches, joint pains, sciatica, pelvis and lower back pain. Massage can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression and encourages connection to baby your within.
Prenatal massage is similar to regular massage – it aims to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But prenatal massage is also customized to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
Carrying a baby inside you changes your centre of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, meaning your pelvic joints are less stable, and it also changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may end up with an aching lower back.
A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore and swollen spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. She’ll also know which techniques and areas to avoid for comfort and safety of you and your baby.