Benefits To Receiving Massage During Pregnancy

The hormones associated with relaxation can have a significant affect on reducing physical, emotional and mental stress during pregnancy (or any major life change). Having a self care routine that supports hormone regulation can reduce anxiety, cardiovascular health, and even improve your overall mood. When we are in a relaxed state, the hormones associated with stress, like cortisol and norepinephrine, are reduced, and serotonin and dopamine levels are increased, this not only decreases stress during pregnancy but it can also support more positive birth experiences and less depression and/or anxiety after birth. 

Pregnancy massage addresses and relieves some of the most common discomforts people often experience during pregnancy. 

Edema, or swelling of the joints is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the growing uterus. Pregnancy massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints and it improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system. Many people experience sciatic nerve pain in late pregnancy because the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and low back which can cause tension on the muscles and pressure on the nerves. Many people report having less low back/hip pain after receiving prenatal massage. Massage therapy helps with inflamed nerves by releasing the tension on nearby muscles which can offer much needed relief. Massage during pregnancy can also ease upper and lower back discomfort caused by the changes happening in the front of the body. 

Some other potential benefits of pregnancy massage include:​

  • Reduced swelling and joint pain

  • Improved circulation

  • Less muscle tension

  • Fewer headaches 

  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles

  • Better sleep

  • Feeling more connected to pregnancy and baby

Some of the contraindications for pregnancy include:

There may be some mild conditions where you can still receive massage but we will ask that you speak with your health care provider and get a release form prior to coming in:

  • ​High risk pregnancy

  • Recent bleeding

  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension

  • Preeclampsia

  • Previous pre-term labor

  • Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure or sudden severe headaches

  • Infection or fever ​​



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