Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can have. However, a pregnant woman faces tremendous physical and psychological changes caused by hormonal changes.
When massage therapy was introduced into women’s pre-natal care, studies show that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health
Stress hormone such as Norepinephrine & Cortisol are reduced and Dopamine & Serotonin(low levels of these hormones are associated with depression) are increased. These changes in hormone levels also leads to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications such as low birth weight.
Bodywork Medicare’s Prenatal Massage therapy helps reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches & joint pains and improves labour outcomes & newborn health.
Benefits of our Pre-natal Massage Therapy include
- Reduces back pain and sciatic nerve pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduces edema – swelling of the joints
- Reduces muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues & muscles
- Better sleep
It is best to commence prenatal massage after 20 weeks of gestation due to increase statistics for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Consult with your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.