The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement that has shown to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.
Some of the key benefits to prenatal massage are:
Regulation of Hormones
Getting regular massages can reduce hormones associated with stress such as norepinephrine and cortisol, and increase levels of dopamine and serotonin. These changes often lead to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications.
Swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues and promote blood flow.
Improving Nerve Pain
Many women experience sciatic nerve pain in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles in the lower back. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.
FAC offers a customized Maternity Massages that can help release the tension and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. Choose between 60 and 90-minute sessions of relaxation. To book your next massage, contact the spa front desk at 479.695.1634!