- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Eases back and foot pain caused by changes in posture
- Reduces swelling of feet and ankles
- Improves skin elasticity, reducing stretch marks
- Improves sleep
- Improves digestion
- Relaxes and soothes baby
- Reduces pelvic pain
Previous research over the past 10 years has supported the benefits of a massage during pregnancy. Many studies have illustrated that massage alters hormonal levels associated with relaxation and stress which has lead to improved cardiovascular health and enhanced mood regulation. Research has examined women who have regular massages during pregnancy saw reductions in the stress hormones norepinephrine and cortisol and increased levels of dopamine and serotonin which can reduce the risk of depression. These hormonal changes also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.
Reduction of swelling
During pregnancy women may find themselves with edema or swelling of the joints. This is caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage aims to improve circulation through stimulation of the soft tissues which reduce the fluid collection in swollen joints thus improving the removal of waste carried by the body’s lymph system.
Improvement of nerve pain
During late pregnancy women may experience sciatic nerve pain as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. As the uterus expands the pressure spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg thus causing them to swell and apply pressure t surrounding nerves. Pregnancy massage addresses the inflammation of nerves by helping release tension on the nearby muscles. With regular massage sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy is reduced.