Written by Annalisa Gonsalves, Registered Massage Therapist
We see so many mamas-to-be, from just a few weeks to ready to welcome baby! Massage is wonderful to begin with, but when you are a mama-to-be, it is BLISS! Here are my reasons why…
1. Improves circulation.
It helps increase blood flow, which brings oxygen and nutrients to the heart, placenta and baby. It also helps to stimulate the lymph system which helps build immunity and flush out toxins. All of this is especially helpful during the third trimester!
2. Reduces nerve pain.
Two of the most common nerve pain complaints are sciatica and carpel tunnel during pregnancy. We work on loosening and stretching the muscles and connective tissue that is compressing those areas to help reduce or eliminate the nerve pain.
3. Reduces swelling.
Lymphatic drainage massage is excellent for reducing swelling in the lower extremities (i.e. feet and legs), but also in the hands and wrists where some mamas may experience temporary carpal tunnel.
4. Reduces stress and anxiety.
The positive touch from massage helps to calm the mama’s nervous system and release endorphins, which helps to improve her mood and is also a natural pain reliever!
5. Loosens tight ligaments and muscles
During pregnancy, a woman’s body is producing Relaxin to relax joints and ligaments, but the muscles surrounding the areas begin to tighten to compensate. This leads to the tight hips, low back, glutes, etc. We help to relax and stretch out the muscles to help them try and adapt to their new “normal” state during the pregnancy stages. We even work on the belly (if you want)! This a great way to release tight muscles such as the diaphragm and muscles between the ribs … imagine being able to take a big breath again!