Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques; Margarita uses Deep Tissue, Swedish and Trigger points therapy. Each session is different and depends very much on the client’s need and issues that they may be having at the time.
Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Massage is recommended during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
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).
These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
As your baby grows, your posture changes and backache in the lower and upper back is common. Massage can help greatly as it will help loosen any tight muscles/Fascia and help relieve tension in the back.
SPD or PGP
Ligaments and joints are being softened by the over production of the hormone, relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) or pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can be very debilitating. Massage can assist in helping release oxytocin and endorphins, which can help relieve the discomfort and pain. Margarita will also show you how you should use your body as your pregnancy progresses to help prevent/aid in these two conditions.
Sciatica in pregnancy
As your baby and your uterus grow, your posture changes and this can cause tightness and tension in the glutes which can also compression of the sciatic nerve. Women may also experience sciatic pain down the back of the thigh, lower part of the leg and the sole of the foot. Gentle massage can help bring relief by releasing the nerve.
Migraine and headaches
Ten per cent of women suffer from migraine in pregnancy. Headaches can also be caused by hormonal action or by stress or tension on the head, neck and shoulder area as a result of poor posture. Massage will help relieve tension and improve blood circulation.
As your bump grows, the skin will stretch causing tightness and stretch marks. Massage with oil can help moisturize and soothe the skin.
The circulation is working twice as hard as it usually does, so leg cramps, edema (swelling in the ankles and hands) can be a common symptoms of late pregnancy. Massage can be very helpful in helping to boost circulation and encouraging lymph to move around the body, helping to remove toxins and reduce swelling.
During the latter stages of pregnancy your digestive system becomes sluggish, allowing time for the baby to absorb vital nutrients. This may cause constipation and heartburn. Stress can make heartburn worse, so a massage will help to reduce anxiety and tension and can help ease symptoms.
Anemia during pregnancy
Due to the increased demands placed on your body during pregnancy, iron deficiency is common. It is a condition in which there is insufficient hemoglobin in the blood. As well as increasing your iron in-take, a full body massage will help boost blood and lymph circulation, plus help relieve tiredness. By stimulating circulation it will also raise the red blood count and produce more hemoglobin.