Recent research has pointed to the fact that a pregnancy massage can play an important role in a woman’s prenatal care.
Whether you’re in the early days of your pregnancy or approaching your due date, there are a number of ways that a pregnancy massage can support you.
After the second trimester you’ll be on your side, kept comfortable by soft pillows and bedding. Then from about 32 weeks onwards we start to think about the position of the baby and how we can best prepare you for the birth.
The main goal of our pregnancy massage it to keep you relaxed, bring relief from any physical pain and get you ready for a magical birth.
Pregnancy massage benefits
Pregnancy massage can help relieve:
- Hip pain
- Swollen hands and feet
- Tight neck and shoulders
- Lower back pain
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First we need to differentiate between a perineal massage and a prenatal massage.
A perineal massage is conducted to assist in reducing the trauma that is in many cases associated with the process of giving birth.
While many massage training centers do offer prenatal massage lessons, it’s always best to look for a therapist who has received proper training on how to work with expectant women – just like us here at Massage Oxford.
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Benefits of Getting a Pregnancy Massage in Oxford
Recent studies indicate that prenatal massage therapy can assist in improving labour outcomes, relieve muscle aches, decrease depression symptoms, and reduce anxiety.
Varying techniques are used by the masseuse to address different body needs. One of these techniques is known as the Swedish massage, and foot massage is often used in pregnancy too – but deep tissue massage should be avoided.
The massage seeks to improve blood circulation, enhance lymphatic flow, and get rid of muscle tension through the application of mild pressure to certain muscle groups in the human body.
A Swedish Massage is the recommended type of massage for a pregnant woman.
It helps to address the numerous discomforts commonly associated with circulatory and skeletal changes that come about when there is a hormonal shift in the body.
Regulation of Hormones
Studies conducted in the past decade have indicated that hormone levels commonly associated with stress and relaxation become easily altered when a woman introduces massage therapy to her prenatal care.
A regular massage contributes to enhancing cardiovascular health and better mood regulation.
In a study where expectant women got to receive bi-weekly massages for a period of five weeks, it was noted that cortisol and norepinephrine hormones were greatly reduced. These are the hormones associated with the accumulation of stress in the body.
The massages also led to the buildup of serotonin and dopamine hormones.
When the latter two occur in small levels, the affected person becomes depressed.
The alteration of the hormone levels resulted in fewer complications during childbirth. It also led to reduced instances of complications in newborns, e.g., low birth weight.
Reduction of Swelling
Swelling of the joints, a condition known as edema, is commonly associated with increased pressure being applied on major blood vessels by the uterus.
It can also be brought about by reduced circulation.
A prenatal massage is instrumental in stimulating the soft tissues in the body.
The stimulation helps to reduce fluid collection in all the swollen joints. It’s a process that also greatly enhances the removal of waste tissue being transported by the lymphatic system in the body.
Improvement of the Nerve Pain
It is not uncommon for women in their late pregnancy stages to experience sciatic nerve pain.
The pain comes about when the uterus starts to rest on the muscles present in the lower back and on the pelvic floor muscles. This pressure, in return, starts to spread unwanted tension to the lower and upper leg muscles.
As it spreads, it causes the muscles to start swelling.
The process also places pressure on the nerves located close to these muscles.
Prenatal massage therapy helps to reduce this inflammation by focusing on releasing the tension present on the muscles located nearby.
30 minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage: £30
60 minute Full Body Massage: £40
90 minute Full Body Massage: £60
If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up during your pregnancy, check out our 9 Mood Boosting Things to do in Oxford
Areas we cover for Pregnancy Massage in Oxfordshire
- Oxford City Centre