Pregnancy & Prenatal Massage
Many people think massages during pregnancy are too soft to have any real impact. In fact, they’re beneficial in a number of ways.
Prenatal massages work on more than just soft tissue. They can also stimulate different hormones, improve joint function, and increase circulation. Together, these physiological changes have a positive impact on a soon-to-be mom’s body. That often leads to easier pregnancies and healthier births!
If you’ve been on the fence about booking a pregnancy massage (or treating the soon-to-be mom in your life to a massage), here are some of the main benefits you should know about.
5 Ways Massage Therapy Makes Your Pregnancy Healthier and More Comfortable:
- Relieves Joint Pressure
Many women experience major joint pain during pregnancy. Sometimes it’s mistaken for arthritis because the pain becomes nearly debilitating. In fact, the cause is often the release of relaxin, a natural hormone designed to help loosen joints in preparation for childbirth. Relaxin is often the cause of lower back pain and hip pain in women during pregnancy. With this in mind, massage therapists can help reduce the symptoms caused by relaxin and provide much-deserved relief.
- Increases Circulation
As your body changes and the baby grows, your blood flow might become restricted in certain areas of your body. When this happens, it can cause blood to pool and create swelling. Pregnancy massage aims to increase the circulation of your blood and your lymphatic fluid to keep everything moving in your body the way it should be. This results in easier healing, illness prevention, and removal of harmful toxins from the body.
- Reduces Stress & Anxiety
One of the most noticeable improvements women see after a pregnancy massage is in their mental health and wellbeing. Hormones, stress, and physical pain can make pregnant women susceptible to mood swings, anxiety, and depression. After a massage, the results on mental health are almost instant! We love seeing women walk out with big smiles on their faces.
- Reduced Swelling
Professional massages during pregnancy can seriously reduce swelling. Swelling in the hands, feet, legs, and arms is common during pregnancy, because some blood flow can be restricted thanks to that rapidly growing fetus! We know how much discomfort swelling brings to pregnant mothers, so we’re always happy to help ease the pressure.
- Headache & Pain Relief
Reduced circulation, body pain, and fatigue often result in constant headaches for pregnant women. For some, these even turn into migraines as the pregnancy progresses.
Many women come for a pregnancy massage so they can release tension that’s causing their headaches. Once that tension is relieved, pregnant women are less likely to suffer headaches. Even a one hour massage can have a major impact on preventing future headaches.
Pregnancy Massage Therapists in Edmonton, AB
The registered massage therapists (RMT) at Therapeutic Body Concepts West Edmonton and South Edmonton locations are always thrilled to help soon-to-be moms relieve their aches and pains and feel better. Healthy pregnancies are important to our entire team. We’re glad to support moms through their health journeys.
We also help people with other specific health problems. Using different massage techniques, we can help heal injuries, prevent injury and illness, and improve mental and physical health.
The full-time RMTs at Therapeutic Body Concepts also offer:
- Thai Massage
- Sports Massage
- Couples Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Therapeutic Massage
- Relaxation Massage
Book a massage online now, or call or visit our Edmonton massage clinics to learn more.