Here at Niagara Falls Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre we offer Pregnancy Massage with the comforting feel of the pregnancy pillow (prego pillow) which allows you to lay on your stomach, something that is not easily done in the 2-3 trimester. It helps to alleviate low back pressure while giving you the support required.
Along with the prego pillow, massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to various muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Massage Therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, and relieve muscle aches and joint pains, edema or swelling. Swelling is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the developing baby. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in the extremities, it also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.
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