A bloated stomach. A stiff back. A rollercoaster of emotions. Welcome to the world of pregnancy! Many women wonder if massage therapy is a good way to reduce physical and mental stress. The response is, in most cases, yes.
Massage therapy has been shown to offer many benefits during breastfeeding, including a sense of well-being, increased relaxation, and improved sleep. However, since some procedures and trigger points in the body can cause contractions and premature labour, it’s important to seek professional help. Prenatal massage is a specialist credential that requires massage therapists to complete additional training in safe techniques for pregnant women.
Consult your doctor before scheduling a massage, and follow strict instructions to protect yourself and your baby. Bridgette Young, a massage therapist who is also a mother-to-be, has agreed to share her thoughts on what to think about and the benefits of prenatal massage.
Pregnant women's massage recommendations
Pregnant women in their first trimester
Women who are suffering from such medical conditions
What to look for while visiting a massage parlour
A few pointers for a relaxing massage
Pregnancy Massage's Potential Benefits
Massage in pregnancy has been the subject of just a few small studies. There have been no conclusive benefits identified. However, according to a study conducted at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine, massage therapy can have a number of beneficial effects, including:
Anxiety was reduced
Low levels of norepinephrine, a stress hormone
Researchers discovered the following in another study of pregnancy massage in depressed women:
Cortisol levels, a stress factor, are lower.
A general sense of well-being
Massage has other possible benefits for the general public, according to research. It may help with pain relief or improve the immune system’s ability to battle viruses and tumours.
Massage Techniques that are Safe for Pregnancy:
In the United States, more than 80 different styles of massage are taught in nearly 1,300 massage therapy programmes. The following are some examples of different massage types:
Deep-tissue massage, which uses firm strokes to penetrate muscles deeply.
Swedish massage, with long muscle strokes and a focus on joint mobility
Shiatsu, which stimulates the body’s natural energy by applying pressure and tapping to acupressure points (called qi)
The processes that make massage therapy work are still largely unknown from a theoretical perspective. More research is required to better understand how various forms of manual pressure on the body can:
Induce the development of certain hormones, such as serotonin
Improve your sleeping habits
Enhance the relaxation response in the body