What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy is a beautiful and natural condition — 40 transformative weeks, full of excitement, planning and peering at the awesome unfolding of life. But this transformation also brings inevitable side effects, sometimes making a woman feel like her body has been taken over by an alien force. In the early months, there are mood swings from ecstasy to unpredictable crying; in later months, there are aches and pains more common to the domain of the elderly. Physical changes, such as nausea, back pain, heartburn, raging hormones, breast pain, and swollen legs and ankles affect many women during this time. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. The gentle, noninvasive approach of pregnancy massage can ease your discomfort, help you prepare for labor and give you the emotional support of a caring practitioner. Massage sessions can also bring back a sense of body-mind integration, putting you into a state of relaxation and calm acceptance of your continually evolving physical form.
Once your baby has arrived, massage can continue to be an important part of good health for you. Postpartum massage can help relieve the stress and tension of your new responsibilities and provide nurturing and relaxation to help you in adjusting to motherhood. By increasing circulation, massage enhances the post-birth healing process and has a significant effect on realigning the body when the center of gravity shifts back to normal, as well as, decreasing symptoms of postpartum depression.
Birth is a wonderful miracle of life; as a woman, you’re designed to create, grow, and birth a beautiful baby into the world. Your body knows exactly what it’s doing on this journey and massage can assist you on your way.