I have studied pregnancy massage with Kate Jordan, who has been teaching pregnancy massage and birth support to massage therapists, physical therapists, and nurses since 1984.
I love working with expectant mothers as I feel I can provide a lot of relief for the common problems associated with pregnancy by improving circulation, especially in the lower extremities to reduce swelling and reducing back and hip pain.
Massage has many great benefits for Pregnancy, including:
1. Reduce stress, encourage healthful sleep and promote relaxation
2. Provide emotional support and physical nurturing
3. Reduces or alleviates neck, back and joint pain caused by posture, muscle weakness, tension, extra weight or imbalance
4. Relieves muscle spasms, cramps and fibrosis
5. Via relaxation, reduces blood pressure
6. Increase blood and lymph circulation which minimizes the edema, varicose veins and leg cramps common with pregnancy
7. Encourage deeper and easier breathing
8. Reduce stress hormones for up to two weeks
Massage for High-Risk Pregnancy
The benefits of prenatal massage are not contested. In a 1999 study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, prenatal massage decreased anxiety and stress hormones, resulting in fewer obstetric and postnatal complications, including lower pre-maturity rates.
Prenatal care for women with a high-risk pregnancy typically involves extensive testing, more frequent prenatal visits, medications and bed rest. Unfortunately, the stress of worrying about one’s own health or the fetus’s viability only magnifies whatever problem exists. In addition, the reason a woman is in a high-risk category typically lends its own physical challenge to the expectant mother’s body. Thus, massage therapy can be even more therapeutic for high-risk pregnancies.