Pregnancy Massage – Is it safe/ what are the benefits?

Debbie McNamee – Massage Therapist @ Bureta Physiotherapy explains the benefits of pregnancy massage

We all know that pregnancy is a beautiful but often trying time for expecting mothers. The changes to our bodies are not always pleasant. Luckily pregnancy massage is a proven safe and effective complementary therapy designed to help expecting mothers feel more comfortable while their bodies are going through all those pregnancy changes. It is generally performed from the second trimester onwards, right up until the birth for uncomplicated, low risk pregnancies. For women with higher risk pregnancies such as, cardiac, pulmonary or liver disorder; chronic hypertension and previous pregnancy problems, should consult with their doctor or mid-wife first.

Pregnancy massage uses long gentle effleuraging strokes to help relieve uncomfortable pregnancy side effects such as aches and pains, cramp, swollen hands and feet, stress and insomnia. Internally pregnancy massage helps to steady your pulse and blood pressure; help with regular blood flow to the uterus, placenta and foetus; reduce fear and anxiety and ease built up fluid in your lower limbs.

Muscular back aches and pain during pregnancy primarily occurs due to the weight gain on the front of the body. As the weight on your front grows, you naturally lean backwards to accommodate this new weight. This lean causes a change in your centre of gravity which places greater stress on your lower spine and can bring about achy lower backs.

Pregnancy massage can be performed sitting on a massage chair, side-lying on a massage table and in our case, lying on your stomach thanks the addition of our holo which accommodates and supports your stomach and lower back. Pregnant woman deserve to be massaged…so don’t be shy!

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