28 May Benefits of Prenatal Massage
What is Prenatal Massage?
During pregnancy, your body undergoes several changes that can put stress on your body and mind, and at the end of a long day, you’ll want nothing more than a massage to relieve yourself of this tension. Except doesn’t it seem impossible to get a normal massage while lying down on a big belly? It doesn’t have to be when you receive a prenatal massage, specifically designed to care for expectant mothers, and in fact, it can even be an essential element for prenatal care. Studies have shown that there are several benefits with regard to prenatal massage alleviating the stresses of your body and mind, and helping you focus on the important things—like welcoming your baby into the world.
Relieving Body Stress
Carrying a baby isn’t easy for anyone, but you can help alleviate some of this physical stress through prenatal massage. This therapy can help reduce swelling in the hands and feet and relieve back and neck pain, as well as soothe muscle tension, headaches, heartburn, and fatigue. It can also increase blood flow, which can stimulate the lymphatic system to keep working and flush out toxins in the body.
Pregnancy is not only hard on the body, but the mind as well. Luckily, prenatal massage has shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression due to its ability to decrease hormones associated with stress such as norepinephrine and cortisol. In turn, the massage will help release endorphins like dopamine and serotonin, helping to improve and regulate your mood.
Prenatal Care for You and Your Baby
In the end, with all of the challenges that come with pregnancy, you know that this experience is a beautiful thing and something that should be enjoyed and celebrated! Allow yourself to feel that joy by freeing your body and mind through a prenatal massage, and talk to your doctor to find out if it’s safe and right for you. Come get the best prenatal care we can offer at SBR Chiropractic & Medspa by giving us a call at 813.769.9258 to set up your appointment today.