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Pregnancy Massage

About Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage
Pregnancy Massage
Massage in pregnancy can be a wonderful experience as it helps a woman relax supports her body during a period of immense change and can help to prepare the whole body for birth. Pregnancy puts strain on the body and massage can help to relieve aches and pains and other common health problems during pregnancy (insomnia, swollen ankles, constipation, sciatic pain etc). Massage in pregnancy is centred around your gestation and physiological changes. In the early stages of pregnancy a treatment may be performed in a supine and/or prone position and techniques should avoid large stretches and deep pressure in the lumbar region.

Essential oils may be used in the room in a vapouriser to ease nausea, replenish energy aid relaxation. In later pregnancy massage may be performed in a seated position or side lying, stretches may be deeper and longer and lymphatic drainage techniques may be combined with muscular techniques to reduce swelling and ease tension. Some women enjoy gentle abdominal massage as it may enhance bonding, moisturise sore and stretched skin and relax tight ligaments whereas others prefer to share the intimacy of their growing child with their partners. Research has shown that the unborn baby can be affected by stress levels experienced by the mother, so massage has an indirect relaxing effect on the baby as the mother releases oxytocin and prolactin as a result of skin stimulation.
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Tom Greenfield,
23 Dec 2012, 15:41