August 20, 2013 by inspiritpt
“Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.” (Massage & Pregnancy) Studies have indicated that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joints, and possibly improve labor outcomes. Massages during pregnancy can also reduce swelling by stimulating soft tissues and blood vessels that will help with circulation throughout the body. Improved blood flow provides more oxygen and nutrients for mother and fetus while also allowing toxins from the blood stream to be removed more efficiently. Massage therapy can also address pain in the lower back and pelvic area by addressing the inflamed nerves and helping to release tension on nearby muscles. Other potential benefits of prenatal massage include reduced joint pain, stress, balancing of hormones, and better sleep. These are all important things to manage during pregnancy as to make sure the baby and mom are healthy and happy. Make sure that your massage therapist is certified in giving prenatal massage. Erika, Inspirits Massage Therapist is certified in prenatal massages.