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Healing Hands: Benefits of Prenatal Massage Therapy

Source:  american Pregnancy Association

(www.americanpregnancy.org)


Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress and relieve muscle tension.  Massage and pregnancy has often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy.  Modern investigation and research however, is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women's prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.


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, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to muscle groups of the body.  Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.


Summary of Benefits

*  Hormone Regulation

*  Reduction of Swelling

*  Improvement of Nerve Pain

*  Reduced Back Pain

*  Reduced Joint Pain

*  Reduced Edema

*  Reduced Muscle Tension and Headaches

*  Better Sleep