If you are suffering from the aches and pains that go along with a growing belly and the many hormone and body changes that happen during pregnancy, consider treating yourself to a prenatal massage by a local massage therapist in Louisville.
Relax, get comfortable and let the soothing touch of massage melt away your aches and stress. Enhanced relaxation and improved state of mind are just the beginning of the benefits you will experience.
Prenatal massage enhances the immune system and removes toxins by stimulating the circulatory and lymph systems, which enhances the health of both you and your baby. Massage can help stabilize hormonal mood swings. As pregnancy progresses, your body adjusts to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight; this can put strain on the mother’s back and legs and increases stress
on weight-bearing joints. Massage supports good muscle tone and increases flexibility, making it easier
to carry extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. The nurturing
touch of massage affects not only the physical state of muscles and joints, but also calms the nervous
system, helping to instill a sense of peace and deep relaxation.
Pregnancy is a unique and special time, and techniques for prenatal massaging are a little different as
well. You may be positioned on your side during the duration of the massage, with comfortable pillows
and bolsters for your knees, abdomen and arms. During pregnancy, deep pressure should be avoided.
Certain areas, such as the inner thigh, are avoided due to in increased risk of blood clots. Your massage
therapist may make other adjustments to your session based on your medical history.
Prenatal massage has a rich history stemming from ancient times, spanning many cultures. During
the last thirty years, research has allowed great advances in prenatal massage, improving techniques
and proving the many benefits of receiving massage while pregnant. Balance Therapeutic Massage
in Louisville recommends prenatal massage for all trimesters, up to (and including) labor. If your
pregnancy is considered high risk, or you are experiencing any complications during pregnancy, check
with your doctor first to make sure massage therapy is the right option for you.