As a nurse initially, and then a midwife over the last 33 years, I have long known the benefits of kind, appropriate, reassuring touch. Along with eye contact and our body language we ‘speak’ volumes to those around us.
Learning to become a massage therapist – first in Swedish massage and now in pregnancy massage – has given me a new element in being able to provide care.
I am excited to learn that through providing massage in pregnancy some of the benefits include;
- Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
- Improves flexibility of joints and releases muscular tension, therefore reducing pain and discomfort
- Improves blood circulation and stimulates lymphatic drainage, which helps ease oedema (swelling from water retention in the tissues)
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Stimulates the endocrine system, which helps to stabilise hormone levels
- Encourages the release of oxytocin – the body’s natural ‘feel good’ hormone and endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving hormone
As well as the benefits above pregnancy is a great time to invest in some self-care and to boost that sense of wellbeing prior to beginning with the new demands of caring for a baby and a growing family.
I really hope to have many opportunities ahead to offer this kind of care through pregnancy massage.