The benefits of massage have been known for many centuries now. Over the years, many new types and variants of massages have been developed for the purpose of relaxation, comfort and medicinal purposes. The full of benefits of the massage therapy can be seen best during pregnancy. Being pregnant can be physically tough for most women. Apart from the rapid chemical and hormonal changes, the body also tightens and relaxes muscles all the time to prepare for labour. It can also be tough for the growing baby who must face bumps and light movement when the mother gets around in the last trimester.
During this time prenatal massage is very useful, as is general massage during pregnancy. It is useful for many things during pregnancy, especially relaxing the expectant mothers. It helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue in the body. The body experience better circulation after a massage during pregnancy and is relieved of tension in joints and soreness in general. It reduces the pain in the back and swollen ankles which women complain about frequently. There is a definite relief when it comes to morning sickness and nausea in general which is a relief to all pregnant women.
A massage during pregnancy also reduces hormonal imbalances in the body and creates healthier sleep patterns for both the expecting mother and her child. It contributes to making the pelvic muscles more flexible which helps a lot during the time of labour for the mother and child. A breast massage reduces lumps formed by milk and increases the production of milk in the days leading up to the birth. At the end of it all, continuous massage keeps the skin toned and healthy which allows it to gain its usual tone after the birth has taken place. It reduces the occurrence of flatulence and gas as well.
Prenatal massages are as important as those for the mother. It is known that a young child inside the womb responds to touch from outside the womb. This makes the child respond to the touch and voice of the mother. It increases bonding between the mother and child early on in the pregnancy. There is better circulation of the amniotic fluid and blood through the placenta as well. More than anything, it reduces the stress the child goes through during the time of birth by relaxing it muscles and body posture.
There are many different types of massages available during pregnancy. Some of these are simple and can be performed at home by the mother herself or by any other person. These can be done daily to keep the body functioning well. There also exist specific massages that are used during the time of pregnancy, such as the Swedish massage. Massages can also be given to take care of individual complaints by the mother. However one should take care that these massages are approved by the doctor and are administered by trained masseuses who know how to work around the pregnancy and not damage the foetus.