More about Pregnancy Massage
Although a magical time for a mother to be, pregnancy brings many changes to a woman’s body; putting extra pressure on joints and ligaments, and putting ever increasing demands on all systems of the body, particularly the respiratory and circulatory.
Along with the joy of a pending birth comes a good deal of discomfort and sometimes pain. Massage can help alleviate many of the aches, pains and ailments that are associated with pregnancy and the therapy’s ability to reduce stress levels is well reported.
Endorphins released during a massage benefit both the mother and the baby, the therapist often feeling the baby kick as he or she responds to the treatment. In addition to reducing anxiety and alleviating aches and pains, having regular massages during pregnancy can help the mother become more aware of her own body and feel more confident in various stages of public undress.
This connection with, and understanding of their own body, can increase the mother’s ability to relax during the early stage of labour ……. great preparation for the big day! Some research also suggests that massage increases pro-lactin and mammary development, which in turn fosters more successful breastfeeding. Along with the physical and emotional benefits of pregnancy massage, it can be a wonderful experience both for the client and the therapist.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Stimulates circulation: the delivery of nutrients and fluid to the vital organs (including the placenta) is increased, benefiting the mother and aiding the development of the baby. An increase in circulation will also help to prevent blood pooling in the lower limbs, which can be caused by the ever increasing blood volume of the mother.
Lymphatic drainage: This increases; speeding the elimination of toxins from the blood and the cells of the body, helping to reduce oedema and the likelihood of developing carpal and/or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Reduction in muscle tension: areas prone to developing tension, such as the lower and upper back, shoulders and hips can be greatly eased, relieving symptoms of sciatica, prolapsed discs and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). Around 75% of women will experience back pain at some stage during their pregnancy. This is partly due to increased weight gain and the shifting of the centre of gravity to a more forward position, which puts a strain on weight bearing joints and the pelvis.
Increase in peristalsis: bowel contraction is stimulated, helping to avoid constipation and haemorrhoids, 2 common complaints during pregnancy.
Reduction in nerve compression: reducing muscle tension can reduce the pain associated with nerve compression.
Reduction in likelihood of varicose veins
Assists breathing: massaging the muscles of breathing , such as the intercostals, pectoralis minors and scalenes, can really boost respiratory function. As the uterus grows it pushes up towards the diaphragm, reducing the amount of space available to the lungs. A relaxing massage will encourage deeper breathing.
Deeply relaxing: facilitates deeper and longer sleep which can help to shorten labour.
Reduces stress level: helps to balance the emotional ups and downs associated with pregnancy.
Lowers blood pressure: and can keep high blood pressure under control
Release of oxytocin: helps to reduce pain levels
Improves body awareness/confidence
Helps to create stress free environment for baby to grow
Here at Circle 8 Massage in Leeds we take your health and well-being very seriously so rest assured you are you’re baby to be are in safe hands.
Ant was welcoming, took my pain history and talked me through what he was manipulating. Been having a lot of trouble with my left hip, went for a walk today and no hint of old pain. He sent me exercises to do after my appointment to continue to strengthen my problem areas. Will be booking again soon.
Ant is brilliant – he really knows anatomy and massage, and will not only fix you with his hands, but also send you exercises to help prevent issues reoccurring. In addition, you'll have a good chat, get film recommendations, and all with alt rock background music – far better than the usual ambient pan pipe nonsense. Highly recommended!
Ant is brilliant ! He has the knowledge of a great physio combined with strong and targeted massage technique that just works and gets me moving again ! Turned up with a sore kneee that wouldnt bend left completely fine and fixed plus a clear understanding of what had caused the problem. He even emailed me exercises later that day to help avoid future problems. Cannot recommend enough !! Thanks Ant !
Really good massage. I've been used to massage therapists just going in with their hands and not asking questions, but Jessika talked to me about my motivations for booking and then worked on the specific areas that needed it. I came out feeling like I had clouds for muscles, and my posture is already better. Amazing!
I’ve had chronic issues with my neck and back and I always leave Circle 8 feeling miles better. Ant is very knowledgeable and always makes sure to explain what may be causing the pain and discomfort. He is brilliant at what he does and is also really friendly. Definitely would recommend!
Circle8 is top notch for any niggles you might have, however big or small. Ant and the team are mega knowledgeable, they can feel exactly where you pain might be coming from, release your tension professionally, and even offer follow up exercises and mobility work to treat and prevent further issues. I’d highly recommend them to anyone looking for sports massage in Leeds city centre.
Best massage ive ever had. Ant is really friendly, great to chat to on the more painful areas of the massage and excellent aftercare advice. Wish I'd have found this place sooner! Cannot recommend enough, will definitely be back!
When you come for a massage at Circle8 we don’t just treat your issue and send you away, we find out exactly which movements and muscles are causing it, explain to you what’s actually happening, give you exercises in the gym and at home that you can do to help alleviate and eventually get rid of your issue.