Prenatal Massage for the Physical and Emotional Stress of Pregnancy
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. St. Pete mothers, we are here for you!
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health.
In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).
Reduction of swelling
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system. We also offer specific Lymphatic Drainage sessions.
Improvement of nerve pain
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves.
Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.
- Relieving pain in muscles and joints
- Increasing flexibility
- Reducing excess fluid retention
- Enhancing circulation and helping the body to rid itself of metabolic waste which cause headaches, tension, and constipation.
- Easing digestion, heartburn, and gas as general relaxation stimulates intestinal movement
If you are ready to start feeling better today, book here.
Massage therapy is beneficial and enjoyable during a normal pregnancy. If you have any abnormal conditions, please ask your doctor before receiving a massage. Also, always inform your therapist of any changes even if you are not sure they are important.
Our Pregnancy certified therapist, Sierra has over 13 years of experience working with expecting mothers in St. Petersburg. Learn more. At Solely Therapeutic Massage, we use special body cushions to cradle the belly and chest and provide a comfortable and safe session. This is an experience unlike others helping to deepen the connection to your body and calm your mind during this time. Our body cushion system
Our Body Cushion system provides:
- Increased torso elevation and hip flexion
- Safe and completely supported side-lying or face down.
- Optimizing hemodynamics (blood flow)
- Low back and pelvic pressure are alleviated
- Provides safe prenatal face-down positioning
- An effective solution for preeclampsia
- Aids in prone intubation
For the ultimate experience, try a float therapy session before your massage. Book at our St. Pete Saltworks office.
In St. Petersburg, FL? Schedule a consultation with one of our St. Pete prenatal massage therapists by calling 727-279-5205
Compiled using information from the following sources:
1. Field, T. (1999). Pregnant Women Benefit From Massage Therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mar;20(1):31-8.
2. Field, T. (2004). Massage Therapy Effects on Depressed Pregnant Women. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jun;25(2):115-22.
3. Howell, Julie, NMT, PMT, Prenatal Health Through Massage Therapy: For Women and Their Babies.
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