As well as being deeply relaxing and a lovely way to spoil yourself, pregnancy massage is also great for the emotional and physiological well being of both mother and baby.
As well as being deeply relaxing and a lovely way to spoil yourself, pregnancy massage is also great for the emotional and physiological well being of both mother and baby. A study by the Touch Research Institute, published in the journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggests that massage during pregnancy is hugely beneficial. As with regular massage, pregnant women experience numerous benefits from massage because of their changing bodies that put stress on the back, neck, shoulders and abdominal muscles.
As a fully qualified pregnancy massage therapist, Louise is able to offer a massage that will melt away those aches, pains and stresses which can develop during pregnancy, ensuring the muscles are relaxed and the body is prepared for labour.
Massage gives special attention to the mum-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows inside her.
"Massage the mum, massage the baby" Childbirth Essentials (2008)
HOW CAN PREGNANCY MASSAGE HELP ME?
Studies have shown that regular pregnancy massage can: reduce back pain and ease general aches and pains caused by pregnancy; encourage better sleep; lower levels of stress hormones; reduce blood pressure; reduce fluid retention; improve circulation; improve fetal nourishment; improve mood;, reduce anxiety; enhance health and nourishment of the skin; boost energy levels; calm body and mind.
Many studies show that women who receive regular massage throughout their pregnancies tend to have shorter labours with fewer complications. Studies have also shown that women who received massage as least twice a week before delivery had lower levels of stress hormones, which reduced their risk of premature delivery and postnatal depression.