Can a prenatal massage really make a difference for someone going through pregnancy? The answer is Yes. There are many ways moms-to-be can benefit from a prenatal pregnancy massage. Studies have proven that massage therapy during pregnancy can help lower anxiety, reduce symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains and even enhance labour outcomes and the health of your newborn.
Regulate your hormones: Studies conducted over the last 10 years concluded that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when women undergo prenatal pregnancy massage.
Reduce swelling: The swelling of the joints (edema) that women suffer during pregnancy is the result of restricted circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Prenatal pregnancy massage will stimulate soft tissue which helps decrease the collection of fluids in swollen joints.
Improvement of nerve pain: During the late stages of pregnancy the uterus will rest on the muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. This puts tension on the muscles of the upper and lower leg, which causes them to swell and exert pressure on nearby nerves. Prenatal pregnancy massage will help alleviate this tension and in most cases result in a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain.
Getting a prenatal pregnancy massage sounds like a great idea until you try and figure out how you’re going to lie down comfortably on your stomach, back or side. We have the solution: specialty cushions with cut outs for the patient’s breasts and growing midsection. This allows both mom and baby to be comfortable and safe.
Maria Murchie, RMT, resident of Hamilton, Ontario, always knew she wanted to be in the health field, however at a young age she learned that she had a blood phobia, so she was forced to rethink her nursing career. Massage seemed to be a hemoglobin free alternative and it has been for the last 6 years.
A graduate of the Canadian Therapeutic College 2004, and a member of the Canadian Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005, Maria enjoys finding new therapies and new places to travel, to become more educated in the massage therapy field. Just recently Maria travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida to educate herself on the BAMBOO FUSION massage, and is excited to bring this latest therapy to her clients in Canada.