In Perth, Pregnancy massage offers a lot of benefits like loosening tense muscles, soothing sore spots, improving blood circulation and making you feel relaxed, quite like any other kind of massage therapy. However, the therapists adapt their techniques according to the needs of the pregnant women, so that they are suitable and safe.
How is it done?
You are asked to lie on a table that is specially designed to accommodate a pregnant woman and her growing belly. Sometimes, customized pillows known as bolsters are used to keep you comfortably on your side, as it is the most comfortable/recommended position during the later stages of pregnancy. Then, the massage begins and can typically last for an hour.
What do you gain from a massage?
Foot massages can reduce the swelling in your legs. According to a study conducted by the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in America, a pregnancy massage has many positive effects such as decrease in back and leg pain, reduction of anxiety, promotion of sleep and depletion in the levels of stress related hormones like noradrenaline and cortisol.
Pregnancy massage can also help manage depression by improving the levels of serotonin and dopamine (pleasure hormone) and greatly refining your mood.
It has also been found that pregnancy massage can decrease the chance of preterm birth.
Is it safe?
Like any other therapy, pregnancy massage has been thoroughly studied with lots of research methods. It is risk-free as the therapists alter their methods to suit the changes that happen to a woman during the course of her pregnancy.
Most doctors hesitate to recommend massage therapy when you are in the first trimester. This is because most miscarriages occur during this period. Though massage therapy doesn’t necessarily cause miscarriages in the first trimester, some therapists don’t do it to prevent any possible liabilities when there is a miscarriage in the future.
Though there is no scientifically proof, it is best to avoid having pregnancy massage with the following conditions,
– Abdominal pain, cramping and bleeding
– Nausea, vomiting and morning sickness
– Your pregnancy is considered as “high-risk”. For example, if you are suffering from placenta disruption, your GP would advise you against it.
Thus, it is best to get the approval of your physician before you consider having a massage.
The author has been practicing as a midwife for over 10 years. She has special interest in Pre-natal care and has written various blogs about hydrotherapy, pre-natal yoga and pregnancy massage in Perth. To know more about this facility, visit http://www.sportsmedsubiaco.com.au