More and more pregnant women are choosing to book prenatal massages.
As your body goes through pregnancy, it’s undergoing a number of dramatic changes. A good prenatal massage helps your body adjust to those changes. It can reduce pain, encourage circulation, and provide better support for your muscles and joints.
Of course, studies have also shown that prenatal massages can deliver powerful benefits for your baby, as well.
Why should you book a prenatal massage? Here are some of the most popular reasons and benefits associated with a prenatal massage:
Science tells us that massage therapy can genuinely help your pregnancy. As AmericanPregnancy.org reports,
“Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.”
A good massage eases stress on your body and mind, and that’s a guaranteed way to improve your pregnancy.
A good massage doesn’t just relax your muscles. A good massage relaxes your entire body and mind, leading to physiological benefits throughout your entire body.
Some of the physiological benefits associated with prenatal massages include:
Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-facial structures, both of which face a toll during pregnancy.
Solves many common physical aches and pains women experience during pregnancy, including muscle pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, headaches, cramping, sciatica, leg cramps, stiffness, and more.
Improves circulation throughout the body, providing more oxygen and nutrients to the places your body needs it most. During pregnancy, many women suffer from varicose veins, knots, fatigue, edema of the lower extremities, and other problems related to poor circulation.
Good blood flow also ensures that blood is flowing to your heart – and your baby’s heart in the most efficient way possible. When you have poor circulation, your heart has to work extra hard to keep blood pumping. A prenatal massage can ease the strain on your heart.
Pain during your pregnancy is expected. Unfortunately, many women avoid taking drugs during pregnancy because they worry about the impact on the fetus. Doctors may also recommend avoiding certain drugs during your pregnancy.
That’s why prenatal massages are a popular option. Many women undergo prenatal massages to give themselves a safe, drug-free alternative for pain relief.
During pregnancy, your hormones can get totally unbalanced. Your body is going through dramatic changes, and your hormone levels can go through big fluctuations.
Studies have shown that prenatal massages can stabilize your hormones.
Why is that important? Well, many women suffer from depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. A good prenatal massage relieves these problems by balancing your hormones.
One study from the University of Miami showed that moms-to-be who get a weekly massage had lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol – along with higher levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
One of the best parts about a prenatal massage is that it’s kind of like a couples massage - you’re getting the benefits of two massages for the price of one! Both you and the baby can enjoy the benefits of a prenatal massage.
Better hormone balance means big benefits for you and your baby. Researchers at the University of Miami – as part of the same study linked above – showed that depressed women enjoyed a 75% reduction in premature births after receiving prenatal massages.
Mozaik Skin & Body offers prenatal massages in Scottsdale. Our licensed and screened massage therapists have 4 years of experience on average. Relax your body and mind and book your prenatal massage today .