by Anai Rhoads
Massage can decrease stress and improve relaxation, improve lymph drainage, have a balancing effect on glands, all of which are of huge benefit during pregnancy. It is the most under-rated method for helping women during their pregnancy and otherwise. Massage is an important tool for a healthy, happy pregnancy. As most of us know, muscle tension and stress decrease the nutrient absorption and slows down the toxin elimination necessary for normal, healthy cells. Clearly when those cells are in the process of developing into a baby, it is essential that they receive adequate nutrients and are able to eliminate toxins. The most important months of baby's life are in the womb.
Maternity massage can provide an opportunity to experience deep relaxation, and allow outside stresses to slip away for a period, thereby allowing the cells to receive the nutrients they need and rid themselves of harmful toxins.
The benefits of massage include:
- Reduces stress
- Releases endorphins
- Helps with lymph drainage
- Helps muscle tone
- Promotes muscle elasticity
- Minimizes spider veins
- Reduces fatigue
- Helps alleviate symptoms of morning sickness
Although it has its benefits, it is important to remember that massage can also be used to stimulate miscarriage. As beneficial as a maternity massage may be, it is critical for massage therapists to learn how to properly massage pregnant women. If prenatal massage is done improperly, the potential for miscarriage is very high. In fact in some countries it is used for exactly that purpose, as a birth control measure.
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
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