5. Decreases blood pressure for both mother and baby
Stress has a direct correlation upon heart rate and blood pressure. Through massage, the skin and surrounding structures are made more pliable, thus reducing blood pressure.
6. Increased blood flow to uterus, placenta and heart
During pregnancy, our blood volume may increase to up to 60% in comparison to before pregnancy. As we progress further, our uterus enlarges, presses deep inside our pelvis, and thus return of blood flow may be inhibited.
7. Enhancement of proper posture & alignment
As baby grows within our bodies, our posture and alignment may be compromised. The extra weight contributes to extra tension and sometimes muscle spasms. Through massage our muscle tone and flexibility is increased. Making us more capable of carrying the load of pregnancy upon our joints and muscles.
8. Alleviation of common pregnancy physical complaints/ailments
Some of the common complaints from head to toe may include headaches, sinusitis, numbness and/or tingling of hand or fingers, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, shortness of breath, edema/swelling of lower extremity, sciatica, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, muscular discomfort and/or pain in hips, back, chest, shoulders and legs, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, itchy skin, and pregnancy rash.
9. Time of self-nurturing
Carrying and growing a baby requires a lot of energy. Take time to receive emotional and physical support by nonsexual, nurturing, and therapeutic touch. Giving back to yourself is equally as important.