At Joy Therapy Centre in Harrogate there are 3 types of pregnancy massage available.
This is for those who wish to remain fully clothed. It's deeply relaxing and great if you have tightness in your neck and shoulders. I can easily access your lower back and work on loosening leg muscles, really important when preparing for birthing.
Classic pregnancy massage.
This is done laying on the massage couch, I use a variety of bolsters and cushions to support your body and your bump. This massage is done with warm oils and is great if babies head isn't engaged yet or is very big and laying in a position that is uncomfortable for you. I can work on specific areas and use a combination of techniques or just help deeply relax your body and loosen muscle tension.
This 3 dimensional massage is carried out while you are laying on warm water cushions. You lay face up and there's no need to move. The water provides perfect spinal alignment and support, you simply float on the cushions whilst having a full body massage. This massage is safe right throughout your pregnancy. This blissfully relaxing full body massage deeply warms and relaxes your body. Wonderful for low back pain and it prepares your body for birthing.
There are many benefits all of these massage options can bring you during your pregnancy here are my top 8.
1. Increased Blood Circulation
Massage brings more oxygen to mother and the baby, stimulating the lymphatic system.
This will result in a stronger immune system and help to reduce toxins in the body.
Increased blood circulation will also result in your baby getting better nourishment.
An added bonus is that increase blood circulation will help prevent varicose veins from forming which is common during pregnancy
2 Massage Helps To Relieve Lower Back Pain.
Lower back pain is a common pregnancy symptom. There are lots of body parts being pushed, stretched and of cause there are higher levels of hormone relaxin in your body this hormone causes ligaments that support the spine to relax. This can add to instability and pain.
Pregnancy massage improves lower back pain through improving the lumbosacral tilt that occurs during pregnancy.
3. Relieves Depression and Anxiety
In case you didn’t know, it is actually very common for postnatal depression to start during the third trimester of pregnancy instead of when you expect it to start (after your baby is born).
Massage helps to stabilize hormone levels which can relieve anxiety and depression.
Massage also releases endorphins that soothe and relax you.
4. Massage Improves Sleep
Any woman that has been pregnant knows how hard it can be to really relax and sleep well while pregnant.
Due to massage relaxing the nervous system and releasing extra feel good hormones, massage will help you to sleep better.
In addition to you being more relaxed the other benefits of massage such as back pain relief will also help you to feel more comfortable which will help you to sleep better.
5. Decreased Swelling
Edema, which is the swelling of joints during pregnancy, is caused by decreased circulation while pregnant as well as the increased pressure on major blood vessels.
Having a pregnancy massage can greatly reduce edema by improving circulation and reducing the fluid collected in swollen joints.
6. Reduced Muscle Pain and Headaches
During pregnancy your body changes and your center of gravity moves. In addition to this there is quite a bit of extra weight placed on muscles and joints.
All these changes result in your muscles taking extra strain and can also result in headaches. Pregnancy massage can help to relieve this pain and to reduce any headaches.
Pregnancy massage will also help you to keep better posture which will also in turn help to reduce muscle strains and pains.
7. Reduces Common Discomforts During Pregnancy.
Along with all the above benefits having a pregnancy massage can also help with lessening numerous other common pregnancy symptoms such as sciatica, heart burn, constipation, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg cramps and much more.
8. Prepares Your Body For Birthing.
Studies has shown that women that have pregnancy massages have less complications during birth as well as fewer postpartum complications.
These women reportedly had shorter hospital stays, shorter births and less incidence of post natal depression.
As a clinical hypnotherapist, I specialise in hypnobirthing and I'm a calm pregnancy specialist.
Feel free to get in touch anytime, I'm always happy to help.