The pregnant woman's body is changed in many ways during the months that life is growing within her. Massage Therapy during pregnancy gives special attention to the mother-to-be and help in a variety of ways to ease the stresses and challenges caused by these changes, causing her to have a more positive experience of pregnancy and birth.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, studies show that receiving bi-weekly massage during pregnancy reduces the levels of stress hormones (like cortisol and norepinephrine) and increases endorphin and serotonin levels in pregnant women. Massage also helps to improve blood circulation, which is especially significant since normal blood pressure is a critical component of a healthy pregnancy. Improved blood circulation increases oxygen levels and nutrient absorption, resulting in better nourishment and greater viability to the unborn child.
Since massage therapy increases the capacity of the lymphatic system to eliminate tissue waste, it is especially helpful in enhancing immunity and reducing edema and swollen ankles during pregnancy. Additionally, studies have demonstrated that receiving regular massages even from 36 weeks of pregnancy until birth greatly reduces the mother's perception of labor discomfort, thus reducing the amount of anesthesia requested during labor.