During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes, some of them uncomfortable. Massage therapy during pregnancy helps relieve many of these discomforts. The goal of pregnancy massage is to help minimize stress, promote relaxation and prepare the muscles for childbirth. Therapy helps ease labor and shorten the duration of labor. In addition, there are specific techniques and movements that are designed to help relieve particular conditions, including: low back pain, swelling of hands and feet, headaches, calf cramps, insomnia, sciatic pain, sinus congestion.Lymphatic drainage techniques can help to relieve the swelling and discomfort of the legs and feet.
After your baby is born, postnatal massage helps return your body to normal quicker, along with the same stress relieving, and relaxation effects. An hour of quiet relaxing massage may be just what a new mother needs to ease her stress.