Massage is beneficial for a variety of conditions.
Pregnancy massage can be of enormous benefit not only to the mother but also to the un-born baby. It emotionally and physiologically supports a woman during a time when her body is undergoing many changes and can help prepare her body for birth.
Research shows that the baby can greatly benefit from massage as ‘feel good’ endorphins released by the mother during massage are passed onto the baby.
There is a lot of evidence which supports the tremendous benefit of pregnancy massage. It can help alleviate aches and pains and other common health problems associated with pregnancy. Preparing for thе arrival of a new baby brings much excitement, but also plenty of stress – and massage can help to reduce stress by its calming effect.
Having regular massage whilst pregnant can make the mother more aware of her own body which will help with the ability to relax during the 1st stage of labour and often result in shorter and easier birth with less pain and a lower rate of postnatal complication (e.g. less premature birth). Another benefit is often more breast feeding success due to increased prolactin and mammary development.