The greatest miracle of all is the creation of life inside of the mother’s body! Maternity massage aims to nurture the expectant mother and the developing fetus. As an LMT, I am blessed to help women throughout their pregnancies.
In this article, I would like to sum up the benefits of pregnancy massage therapy based on the latest scientific research and the mechanisms for massage therapy effects.
The benefits of maternity massage:
The best time to receive maternity massage is starting from the third month of pregnancy. I recommend at least one session per month, and then increase to 2-4 times per month in late 2nd and 3rd trimester depending on your unique situation and your body’s needs. Make sure to trust your body to a licensed massage therapist who has experience with prenatal massage therapy. As research suggests, moderate pressure is essential to obtain massage therapy benefits .
In conclusion, massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy. The women reported decreased anxiety, depression, and leg and back pain. Massage therapy (back, legs, and perineum) prior and during labor is a great way to decrease pain, the duration of labor, and prevent vaginal tears. Breast-feeding mothers benefit from massage therapy as well. Massage therapy fosters the fetus’ development and enhances the bond between the newborn and the mother. Moderate pressure provided by LMT with experience is important to achieve the benefits of maternity massage therapy.