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10 fabulous reasons why pregnancy massage is good for you

Everyone knows massage is good for your mind, body and spirit but what happens when you are carrying a baby? 2 for the price of 1? With pregnancy massage not only does Mum to Be benefit but so does your growing baby.

  • Stimulation of the circulatory system – this helps distribute essential nutrients and fluid to all the vital organs of the body, especially the placenta, which will feed and aid the development of your baby.
  • Lymphatic drainage – will eliminate toxins from the cells and blood and help reduce swelling in ankles, hands etc.
  • Helps with Constipation – sometimes in pregnancy the bowel slows down leading to constipation which can lead onto haemorrhoids.
  • Releases muscular tension of the upper back, shoulders, lower back and hips, easing the discomfort of sciatica and mild forms of Symphysis Pubis
  • Dysfunction (SPD), often caused by postural change and hormones.
  • Helps avoid varicose veins developing by improving circulation in the legs and feet.
  • Massaging the intercostals (ribs) and pectoral (chest) muscles will help the respiratory system and aid breathing.
  • Induces deep relaxation and peaceful sleep (it is suggested that women who sleep well during the last month of pregnancy have shorter labours)
  • Helps to reduce emotional stress, anxiety and creates a sense of well being
  • Massage encourages the release of oxytocin. This is a pain reducing hormone providing vital relief of pain during labour and birth.
  • Massage allows you time to connect with your unborn baby and come to terms with your changing body.