Massage techniques are also adapted to aid lymphatic flow and relax muscle fibres that may be stretched more than usual due to growing baby & bump.
The use of massage in labour helps alleviate back pain and help to relax the mother, thereby increasing endorphin levels, the body’s natural painkillers. Massage is generally preferred during the initial stages of labour so do not be offended if your partner does not want to be touched during the later stages. Massage techniques can be taught on a one-to-one basis to partners or those providing birth-support.
After childbirth, massage may help provide relief from aches & pains especially those commonly experienced in the back, neck and shoulders. Massage can alleviate fluid retention and promote relaxation, helping to restore a sense of well-being in the mother.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
* Increases relaxation and reduces stress.
* Relieves muscle cramps and pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips and legs
* Increases blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling
* Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
* Increases the supply of nutrients to mother and baby
* Boosts energy levels
* Improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain
* Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering
* Reduces anxiety and depression
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