Pregnancy brings about many physiological and psychological changes for a woman and massage therapy along with many other forms of body work can offer support during this transitional period.
With many of the changes occurring, it is natural for the pregnant woman to feel stressed and anxious. However, therapeutic massage promotes relaxation by allowing the mind to concentrate on ones own body rather than focusing on external issues which reduces symptoms of anxiety and fear.
Research has also shown that for labour preparation it is extremely beneficial for woman to sustain conscious levels of relaxation for 45-60 minutes, especially in the last six to eight weeks of pregnancy.*
In addition to promoting relaxation, physiologically, massage promotes steady blood pressure and encourages regular blood flow to the mothers uterus, placenta and to her baby. It also aids in reducing symptoms of pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy.
- Musculoskeletal Strain & Pain Reduction
- Improved circulation
- Respiratory Benefits
- Gastrointestinal System Benefits
Every effort is made to guarantee your comfort during your pregnancy massage by using support pillows and blankets in addition to adjustable couch positioning within our west end clinic practice.
*Dickersin, K. “Pharmacologic control of pain during labour” In: Chalmers, I., Enkin, M and Kiere, M. (Eds.) Effective care in Pregancy and Childbirth. Oxford University Press, 1995, p. 913.