The Benefits of Prenatal Massage
According to the results of several research studies published in PubMed, massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy. In one particular study, therapists provided prenatal massage therapy for 20 minutes per week for five weeks. The women in the study group reported decreased depression and anxiety, as well as diminished leg and back pain. Decreased levels of stress hormone, known as cortisol, were also reported, resulting in the decrease of excessive fetal activity. The rate of premature births was also lower and the occurrence of post partum depression was diminished.
A massage therapist trained in prenatal massage can help in relieving many of a pregnant woman’s normal discomforts, such as decreased energy levels, muscle fatigue and tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby, leg cramps, edema and backaches. By reducing stress on weight-bearing joints, prenatal massage encourages blood and lymph circulation and helps to relax the nervous tension, which results in better sleep. It can also help to relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy for women that are pregnant, it is important to find a massage therapist certified in prenatal massage. This insures a comfort level during the massage for the client to maintain a sideline position with supportive, soft cushions that help to alleviate any extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain.
Massage Luxe, located at 3300 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 129, in Bonita Springs, offers prenatal massage. For more information call 239-992-5893 or visit FLmassageLuxe.com/Bonita-Springs-Massage.