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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Relax With a Prenatal Massage

How Prenatal Massage Can Help You Relax

For many women, being pregnant is a very uncomfortable experience. The added weight gain and increased hormones can make even taking a nap difficult at times. Fortunately, many pregnant women find that getting a massage by a licensed massage therapist regularly makes a huge difference in how well they feel during pregnancy. These are some of the benefits of prenatal massage.

Prenatal massage has been found to regulate the hormones in a pregnant woman's body that tend to control both stress and relaxation. By having a prenatal massage just once or twice a week, it can decrease hormones that cause stress and increase hormones that help you be more relaxed. 
This means the hormones are more balanced and this allows you to feel happier and less stressed throughout the pregnancy. Getting a massage with essential oils at a day spa every week is a wonderful way to treat yourself while you are pregnant.

Prenatal massage is also a great way to reduce swelling in the arms or legs and joints when pregnant. This swelling is normally caused by fluid collection in joints and soft tissues due to reduced circulation and movement while pregnant. 
However, prenatal massage therapy stimulates soft tissues making it easier for fluid to flow through the body and exit as waste like it normally does. When the arms, legs, and joints do not feel tight and swollen, the body feels more relaxed.

It is not uncommon for pregnant women to suffer from sciatic nerve pain in the last months of pregnancy. This is due to the increase in the size of the uterus and the pressure it puts on the muscles of the lower back and pelvic floor.
Prenatal massage is specially designed to relieve pain by reducing tension on these muscles which can help you feel more relaxed right away.  

Whether the massage is done by a professional massage therapist or a massage student who is learning from a professional through hands-on training, prenatal massage can work wonders for any pregnant lady by making her feel more relaxed and comfortable.

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