Massage is always wonderfully relaxing, but it can have real benefit too especially at this special time when you might find that you are struggling with niggles and aches and pains which you’ve never had before.
Common complaints can be oedema, backache, sciatica, pelvic pain, fatigue, poor sleep patterns, anxiety and stress. As you move along through to term, some of these might intensify.
Massage is a great tool to address all of the above and importantly, it gives you some “me” time. More women seem to work later and later in their pregnancies’, and so massage can be a vital balancing point for many.
Your position for massage will depend on how many weeks you are at ~ so side lying, semi reclined or even seated (which can be particularly beneficial for backache) are all options, plus a liberal sprinkling of cushions for support!
- Stress relief and relaxation as stress hormones are reduced and “feel good” hormones are increased – elevating these can also guard against PND (postnatal depression)
- Pain relief – increased levels of pain relieving hormones plus increased pain thresholds (great when it comes to labour and birthing!) Great for sciatica and relief of pelvic pain
- Increased flexibility through the muscles, tendons and ligaments – we need this for ease of birthing too!
- Reduced anxiety, easier breathing – this alone studies have shown will impact on foetal health and birth weights and stronger babies
- Having addressed the above, you’ll be in a much better emotional space to bond with your baby – you will on the big day be working as a team after all!
- Learn some “takeaway” massage tools too – special sessions for you and your partner can be arranged to help with labour (giving hubby’s a true role can be really helpful for them to become part of the “team”
Lastly, the power of good quality therapeutic touch can never be underestimated to help you feel clam, nurtured, valued and special.
As part of an integrated approach we can use guided visualisation, meditations, reflexology as part of the session.