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Benefits of prenatal massage prior and post pregnancy

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Pregnancy is a stage in a woman’s life where she needs to take care of herself and her baby at the highest level possible. Prenatal massage is a wonderful way for a woman to help her body adapt to the new changes in her body that she will go through.

Prenatal massage helps to enhance the function of body muscles and joints and helps prepare the ‘mother-to-be’ for labour.

Below are some of the benefits of prenatal massage prior and post pregnancy.


Heartburn Problem

During pregnancy the digestion process in women can become slow as it allows the baby to absorb the vital nutrients this may cause problems with heartburn or constipation.

Stress can also increase the symptoms of heartburn. Massage is a good way to reduce stress, anxiety and tension to ease any heartburn issues.



Some women experience iron deficiency during pregnancy since the baby pulls nutrients from her body. Anaemia is a condition when there is low haemoglobin in the blood.

A full body massage can boost your blood circulation which will raise the red blood count and increase the haemoglobin.


Back pain and Sciatica during pregnancy

As the baby grows during pregnancy there are changes in the mother’s body. For example her posture can change which may cause pain in the lower and/or upper back. A massage therapy treatment can help to loosen up the tight muscles and ease her back greatly.

The growth of the baby in the uterus can lead to the compression of the sciatic nerve and women can face sciatic pain down the back of her thigh, lower part of leg and the sole of her foot. As with the tight muscles in her back, massage therapy can help relieve sciatic pain.

A massage therapy treatment also helps release oxytocin and endorphins, which can help relieve the discomfort and pain.


Headaches and migraine

Headaches can be caused by stress, tension on the head, neck and shoulder due to poor posture. Thus a massage is a great way to improve blood circulation and reduce stress.


Stretch marks

While a mother’s bump grows during pregnancy, the skin will stretch causing tightness and stretch marks on the skin. Massage with nourishing oil can help a pregnant woman sooth her skin. (If using an essential oil in this treatment be sure it has been blended for pregnancy by an Aroma Therapist.)



A woman’s circulatory system is working with twice effort as it usually does. So leg cramps, swelling in hands and ankles are a common problem in late pregnancy.

Massage therapy can be very helpful in boosting circulation and easing the conditions for lymphatic fluid to move around the body and help in removing the toxins and decrease the swelling on the body.

Prenatal massage is a great way to get relief from aches and body pain. Keep in mind it should be done by a professional massage therapist who is qualified for pregnancy massage.

Massage therapy can be very helpful before delivery and post delivery as it increases the blood circulation in the body and eases the tightness of muscles in the body.

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Aromatherapy and its benefits

Aromatherapy and its benefits

Aromatherapy Massage is a type of Swedish Massage Therapy in which an Essential Oil (a highly concentrated plant oil) is added to the massage oil or lotions used in treatment.

During an Aromatherapy Massage, a person inhales the essential oil molecules or absorbs them through their skin. Essential oils promote helpful changes in your mind and body by inducing the limbic system, a region of the brain known to affect the nervous system.

Why Aromatherapy Massage?
Each and every essential oil used in aromatherapy has different properties and benefits. For example, some essential oils calm and make person feel relaxed while others energize.

Below are the names of some essential oils:

Uplifting: Ylang-Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, and Neroli Oil
Decongesting: Eucalyptus, Pine, and Tea Tree Oil
Calming: Chamomile, Lavender, and Geranium Oil
Energizing: Rosemary Oil

Aromatherapy Massage techniques are almost same as used during a Swedish massage (the most common type of massage).

Use Essential Oils in a therapeutic massage for below conditions:
Dementia symptoms
Menstrual pain
Support care for people with conditions such as cancer

Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage helps in reducing the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps, as mentioned in a 2015 study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Participants of study did a self-massage with rose essential oil, others with unscented almond oil and some with no oil on the first day of menstruation for two menstrual cycles. By the second cycle, Aromatherapy Massage minimized the harshness of pain compared to massage therapy with unscented almond oil or no oil.

Massage with aromatherapy can ease menopausal symptoms. In a study, researchers compared a 30-minute aromatherapy massage (twice a week for four weeks) to a massage which had plain oil or no treatment. They found that both massage and aromatherapy massage were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms but the massage with essential oils was more effective.

What to Expect During Aromatherapy Massage?

A person can find aromatherapy massage at almost every massage clinic or spa, what makes difference is that the style of treatment, degree of customization, and the quality of essential oils varies widely.

Generally, massage therapists have one or more premixed blends of essential oils and will select the blend based on your health concerns. A relaxation massage and stress relief may include lavender essential oil. While for an uplifting massage it may include rosemary essential oil. Your therapist may involve you in the selection process by asking you to smell various blends.

The quality of the essential oils differs widely. Essential oils are different when compared to oils made with synthetic scents which don’t have therapeutic effects. Massage therapists who are highly experienced in aromatherapy tend to use good quality essential oils in their massage treatments.

When the massage therapist begins the massage, you may smell the subtle aroma of essential oil.Once the massage is completed, the therapist may suggest a blend which you can use at home in between massage treatments.