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Ask anyone who has gone through pregnancy and they’ll tell you; migraines, joint swelling, stiff muscles, backaches, cramping, and fatigue, are just some of the many discomforts experienced by mothers. Massage offers a safe, natural, and drug-free choice for pain relief, since doctors often recommend against taking medications in consideration of the unborn child.
A regular regimen of massage therapy promotes overall well-being and can help eliminate the painful aspects of pregnancy. By reducing stress on load-bearing joints caused by the added weight of the baby, massage can foster the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid, in turn eliminating toxins from the body and helping to loosen tensed muscles.
Moreover, massage can alleviate stress-forming anxiety by focusing on trigger points. There are numerous benefits associated to the elimination of stress, foremost among them, helping to stave-off hormonally-induced depression. Also, a study performed at the University of Miami School of Medicine, showed that untreated stress can lead to adverse physiological effects on a fetus. Psychobiologist Miguel Diego stated, “Cortisol can reduce blood flow to the fetus, which could affect fetal growth by diminishing the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are delivered.”
Massage can also be used to treat sleep difficulties due to pain or discomfort. Some techniques utilize essential oils and peaceful music – the combination of soothing scents and sounds with the deep kneading of a good massage can be an excellent formula for deep sleep. Plus, massages stimulate the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine in your body, all natural chemicals which counter pain and can drop you into a deep sleep.
Massage can also help eliminate and prevent chronic injuries or aches caused by improper posture and changes in alignment caused by increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms
When you come for your treatment, our primary concern will be the safety of your baby and your comfort. We use special cushions to ensure your body is properly supported.
Book an appointment with us now to speak with one of our registered massage practitioners. We’ll help you define a therapeutic massage regimen to suit your specific requirements and to ensure you and your baby are safe and healthy.
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