These immediate effects of massage therapy may affect other longer-term effects such as decreased length of labour, shorter hospital stay, less touch sensitivity and fewer instances of postpartum depression.
Your newborn baby benefits too
Studies conclude that preterm (premature) infants receiving massage gain more weight and leave the hospital sooner. Massage therapy may also improve sleep patterns and behavior in infants.
Common Concerns about Pregnancy Massage
You and your baby’s well-being comes first. Massage Therapists are professionally trained to work with you to develop an effective and safe massage therapy treatment plan during your pregnancy that will complement the care you are receiving from your doctor and other healthcare providers. Specially-designed massage tables, ergonomic cushions and supports are used to ensure your safety and comfort during your massage therapy treatment. Massage Therapists are also prepared to address the subtle needs of expectant mothers like yourself, including the potential need for frequent restroom breaks and the use of unscented massage oil so as to not aggravate a sensitive sense of smell. Good communication with your therapist will result in the most beneficial and rewarding pregnancy-massage therapy for you and your baby.
Massage therapy – a safe and effective way to improve the experience of birth.
Although massage therapy is an ancient art, it is a relatively new field of scientific inquiry. While more research remains to be done, evidence of the benefits of pregnancy massage to both mother and baby continues to mount. Click here to read a literary review of the latest research findings on the practice of pregnancy massage.