Pregnancy Massage Dublin
Pregnancy massage is one of the most pampering and beneficial therapies an expecting mother can do.
As well as being deeply relaxing for the mother and helping aches and pains associated with being pregnant, massage can also be helpful for the unborn baby.
During pregnancy the body changes rapidly. The organs shift. The ligaments of the hips relax. The abdomen stretches. The center of gravity changes. All of these things cause discomfort and pain.
Massage during pregnancy has a wide range of great health benefits, including…
- Relieves muscle spasms, cramps associated with the stress of extra weight bearing and physical changes that occur during pregnancy.
- It reduces stress and allows the mother to relax, both important for during the pregnancy and labor.
- The health of the baby is enhanced by the pregnancy massage through increasing blood circulation, lymph circulation, reducing edema and increasing cellular respiration.
- Massage helps the mother to feel nurtured and pampered and this can then be passed onto the baby.
- Pregnancy massage assists in reducing tension in the weight bearing joints and other bone and muscle structures.
- It also helps maximize breathing capacity which is needed during labor and delivery.
Is a pregnancy massage safe?
The safety of pregnancy massage depends on a number of factors including the stage of pregnancy, the knowledge and skills of the therapist and your own medical history including any underlying medical conditions you might have. If you are using essential oils there are some which should be avoided during pregnancy so make sure your therapist knows you are pregnant so that they can make the appropriate adjustments. Before you arrange your massage, you should discuss it with your GP or Midwife. If they are happy with you going ahead, our therapists are all suitably qualified and know what is appropriate during pregnancy. Please contact us with any queries.
Doing this will allow you to safely take advantage of the benefits pregnancy massage can offer including:
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Massage can improve oxygenation and stimulate soft tissues and muscles. This can help to avoid fluid retention which can be a big problem for some women especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Increased fluid plays an important role in helping the body soften to accommodate the growing baby. But excessive swelling especially in the legs and feet and can be a cause of discomfort. Massage can stimulate the removal of excess fluid through the body’s natural drainage system helping you to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy.
Reduced stress and anxiety
Many of the benefits of pregnancy massage come from its relaxing effect on both the mind and body. As well as being a happy time pregnancy can also be a time of stress anxiety. There may be anxiety about the future, especially for first time parents. There are can be so many practical things that need to be done before the arrival of the new baby. On top of this, many women continue working for as long as they can so they still need to deal with work stress. A relaxing massage is a great way of reducing stress and anxiety.
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Stress and anxiety can lead to increased tension. We tend to hold out bodies more rigidly when we are tense and this can lead to physical symptoms such as aches and pains including headaches. Your body is already working extra hard to deal with the additional weight you are carrying as well as all the hormonal changes. Massage will help you to relax and release some of this tension. This can help relieve headaches and generally reduce the physical symptoms associated with tension. One of the advantages of treating these symptoms naturally through massage is that there will be less need to reach for over-the-counters pain killers.
Insomnia is a common problem during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. The reasons are varied but range from hormonal changes to anxiety about coping with a new baby, as well as physical discomfort as the baby begins to take up more and more space. Some people say it is nature’s way of preparing you for all the sleepless nights ahead. But if you can find a way to get a good night’s sleep you should make the most of it while you can. Massage is a very gentle way of improving your sleep. A gentle relaxing massage can help to ensure some much needed rest