The female body goes through vast physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy. If those changes could be spread over a few years instead of a few months, it might be easy enough for your body to adapt without facing discomfort. Since that is not possible, the next best thing is to seek out ways to minimize them. It has been shown that massage therapy provides a number of benefits during pregnancy:
- Pain Reduction – Pregnancy involves gaining weight at a faster rate than the body is usually accustomed to, which can lead to headaches, leg cramps, back pain, stiffness, and muscle aches. Pregnancy massage can work to relieve these aches and pains by improving circulation and relaxing tight muscles.
- Depression, Anxiety and Stress – It isn’t just physical issues that can accompany pregnancy, but also mental ones. Pregnancy massage can decrease depression symptoms, relieve mental fatigue and anxiety, and create a relaxed state of mind that makes it easier to cope with all the changes and concerns about the future.
- Labor – Many women who have undergone regular massage treatments throughout their pregnancy find that they have a shorter and less painful labor. There is also research that indicates it is beneficial for the baby as well. In fact, there have been studies that also indicate that premature delivery is less likely when pregnancy massage was involved.
Even if you put these reasons aside, consider that in a few weeks you will be in a completely new role – one in which a bit of self-pampering with massage may make difficult. Why not enjoy a bit before the baby comes by treating yourself to a massage every so often? Here at Ageless in the Triad Med Spa, we offer a number of massage services, including pregnancy massage and couples massage, that will help you feel your best as you prepare for the new addition to your family. We can even do massage packages for the duration of your pregnancy.