Almost anyone can benefit from massage therapy, but this is especially so for expectant mothers. This is because the soothing effects of massage can help to relieve the discomfort that is inherent in pregnancy due to the added weight and constant changes the body endures during this time. Massage can help to counter many of the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy and can be a great resource for moms-to-be.
Relaxation – One of the simplest benefits is that massage allows time to relax and unwind, to set aside an hour to focus solely on oneself. Taking a break from work and family – even for a short while – can improve mood and promote restfulness.
Aches and Pains – Everyone knows that pregnant mothers suffer from more than their share of aches and pains while carrying their little ones. Most commonly, women will report lower back pain or sore legs as a result of their new shape and added baby weight. A Registered Massage Therapist can address these areas and help to soothe sore muscles while increasing range of motion and decreasing inflammation.
Anxiety – Along with impending motherhood often comes a certain amount of stress and anxiety. Whether a first time parent, or adding to a happy brood, it is not uncommon to experience some higher than usual mental and emotional strain. Massage therapy is excellent for improving mental health and providing natural stress relief.
Improved Circulation – Many women complain of sore legs or poor circulation during pregnancy. Swollen calves and ankles are very common during the last trimester, and can be very painful and uncomfortable. Massage can help to improve overall circulation and provide relief to expectant mothers.
Why an RMT?
There’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned back rub now and again, but in order to realize the medical benefits of massage it’s important to turn to the skill and training of a Registered Massage Therapist. RMT’s are educated in proper technique and have a keen understanding of individual needs and goals. Expectant mothers can trust their RMT to assess their condition and develop a treatment plan that is most beneficial for their improved well-being.
If you’re “in the family way” and are in need of some relief, consider a pre-natal massage to help you feel your best.