The Benefits of Massage

 
 
  • Massage increases local and general blood circulation, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both the mother and fetus. This means greater vitality and less fatigue for the mother and better nourishment for her baby.
  • Massage can help relieve depression, anxiety, and resulting physical symptoms from stress or confusion that both expectant partners may be experiencing in this transitionary period.
  • Massage helps the woman's body to eliminate waste products through the lymphatic and circulatory systems, which combats fatigue and helps her feel more energetic.
  • Massage helps increase flexibility, which will be most helpful during the last trimester and during the birth itself.
  • Massage helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, which helps the mother reach a deeper sleep more easily. Doctors generally agree that a relaxed mother will have a happier, healthier pregnancy and perhaps an easier childbirth experience as well.
  • By aiding circulation, massage eases the load on the woman's heart and helps to keep her blood pressure controlled.
  • Muscular discomforts such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, tension, and knots, can all be alleviated through basic massage techniques that help remove lactic acid.
  • Massage relieves many of the other normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as headaches and edema.
  • Massage stimulates glandular secretions, which helps stabilize hormone levels.
  • Massage can be used during the birth to make it easier and more comfortable for the woman. After the birth, massage will help her regain her strength more quickly and ease postpartum stress.
  • A relaxing, comforting, DIY massage for your child will enhance your first bonding period and help with a variety of newborn issues.