Pregnancy Massage Birmingham
Pregnancy massage creates a combination of relaxation and stimulating messages to the receptors that prompts a woman’s body to effectively function during her pregnancy. Massage also improves energy levels and blood flow, which can increase haemoglobin levels and may help to prevent anaemia. Lymphatic drainage applied to the lower limbs can alleviate fluid build-up and assist with venous return, thus helping to avoid varicose veins. Perineal massage can enable preparation by the mother to assist with an easier and less traumatic delivery.
An informal survey conducted in Sweden (1994) suggested that 48-56 percent of pregnant women suffer from lumber and pelvic pain. Back and pelvic pain secondary to pregnancy can be the result of improper posture created by an anterior weight load of enlarging breasts, uterus, and foetus;
Benefits of Massage for Pregnancy
The benefits of pregnancy or prenatal massage include a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits.
- • Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures.
- • Assists in remedying many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy: 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.
- • Increases blood circulation, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and fetus and stimulates the lymph system, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins.
- • Stabilises hormonal levels and helps relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
- • Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body. As a result, the expectant mother feels more relaxed and at ease, and will also sleep more easily and more deeply.
- • 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.
- • Prepares the mother-to-be for an easier delivery with its sedating effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and stress relief.
- • Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative for pain relief, since taking medications are often limited during a pregnancy for the sake of the unborn child.
- • In addition to the physical benefits, prenatal massage provides expecting women with the emotional support and nurturing touch provided by nonsexual human touch and energy.
Please note: We are unable to perform massage for ladies at high risk during pregnancy.