Massage in Pregnancy
During pregnancy a baby puts a lot of strain on his/her
mother, draining her of energy and nutrients and putting
physiological stress on her body. One of the ways to assist
the body to cope naturally is through massage. Therapeutic
massage is a completely safe, natural, drug free method
of relieving the aches and pains of pregnancy.
Benefits of massage in pregnancy
- massage provides a nurturing , soothing touch, which
promotes the release of
and physical tension.
Improves flow of energy through the body and helps minimise
and helps improve circulation which therefore helps prevent
veins and piles.
is passive exercise and helps stimulate and drain the lymphatic
system - eliminating
etc. and reduces fluid retention.
Helps tone the muscles and helps relieve cramp.
Maintains skin suppleness which therefore helps reduce
has a psychological benefit treating the body as a whole, promoting
a feeling of calm
prepare the body for childbirth by loosening the pelvis and
ridding the body of
tension prior to the onset of labour.
nurturing and relaxation for the mother during pregnancy have
far reaching impact on her foetus. Any benefit to he mother
is also a benefit
Reflexology in Pregnancy
Reflexology is one of the safest, most supportive
therapies for pregnant women. It is extremely relaxing
and calming for the mind, body and baby and may be
enhanced by the use of appropriate aromatherapy oils.
is not an illness, it can however cause problems
which can distress the pregnant woman These can include
sickness, nausea, constipation, increased frequency
of passing urine, backache and sciatica. Reflexology
can be used to keep a woman healthy during pregnancy
and the treatment can also help with the development
of a healthy baby.
studies have shown that reflexology can
reduce the need for pain relief in labour and that
the second, most painful stage of labour itself could
be shortened. Reflexology has been known to help
women who are overdue. It can also stimulate the
body to produce the hormones needed for birth. (Also
check out Hydrotherm Massage)