Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic
approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many
physiological effects. The benefits of prenatal massage are numerous; the
following are just a few:
Enhancing the production of t-cells in the mother and baby. T-cells are part of the body’s immune system.
Decreases edema in the lower extremities by increasing circulation.
Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
Specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts, concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and baby.
Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety.
In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant.
- Contributing to shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant mothers, as well as lessening the need for medication, minimizing depression and anxiety and shortening hospital stays.
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