One of the most beneficial times for massage may be during pregnancy.
Pregnancy massage is a catch-all term for any hands-on massage during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal massage).
A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour. Some practitioners use a pregnancy massage table – recent research suggests that is position is not supportive of the belly, and can cause the belly to stretch and feel uncomfortable. We use specially designed pillows and bolsters to position you comfortably on your side. This helps especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable position.
Prenatal massage can ease the symptoms of:
- lower back pain
- pinched sciatic nerve pain/sciatica
- hip pain
- cramping in the legs
- tension relief
Postnatal massage can help restore ‘normal’ posture, and alleviate pain associated with postural deviations caused by pregnancy. It is also great for stress relief, induces relaxation and stimulates your body’s natural coping processes.
Pregnancy massage in depressed women, researchers found:
- Increased levels of the “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine
- Decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress
- An overall improvement in mood.