{Guest Blog} The benefits of massage in pregnancy ~ Maternity Photographer { Walton on Thames }

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During my career as a photographer I have been lucky enough to meet some other professional peeps ~ especially the lovely Paula Kemp from www.paulakemptherapies.co.uk  Paula wrote me a guest post for my blog.  Below she lists the reasons why you should have a massage during your pregnancy.  Thanks P xxx

The 5 reasons you should get a massage during pregnancy!
Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman, but is also a time of many physical changes due to the extra weight from the baby putting pressure on joints, ligaments and organs often causing you discomfort and pain.
Not only can pregnancy massage be physically beneficial, but also the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during your pregnancy and preparation for giving birth.
Pregnancy massage therapy has also been found to reduce anxiety and depression.
Research shows that the babies can also benefit greatly from massage as the “feel good” endorphins released by the mother during the massage are passed onto the baby.  I often feel the babies push their backs out to have a little massage of their own.
Receiving regular massage throughout the pregnancy is a great way to nurture your body and become aware of the growing baby within.  This also helps with the ability to relax during labour often resulting in shorter and easier births, less pain and a lower rate of postnatal complications.
The 5 main benefits of pregnancy massage: –
Relaxation

Massage induces deep relaxation and peaceful sleep – When you are relaxed you will find that your sleep improves, as especially during the later stages of pregnancy insomnia can occur.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Helps to reduce emotional stress, anxiety and depression by creating a sense of well-being – as already stated pregnancy is a time of great change and this, along with fluctuating hormones and broken sleep can sometimes cause stress levels to rise.

This is ok as long as the stress is also balanced with time to relax and be nurtured.   Regular massage gives you the space to deeply relax and rejuvenate and the time to enjoy your pregnancy and transition into motherhood.

Pain

Eases pregnancy discomfort and nerve pain without the need to take medication, which is very limited during pregnancy – Massage can soothe back and shoulder pain, sciatica, cramp, sore hips especially when suffering Pelvic Girdle Pain.

As the bumps and breasts expand our backs take the brunt of the pressure, and posture can become poor putting more pressure onto both our lower back and neck, shoulder areas.

Swelling

Reduces swelling – Massage eases oedema in the feet, legs, hands and wrists, and can help to avoid varicose veins from developing from the extra weight of the baby and hormone changes.

Focus Time

I have lots of Mum’s coming to me during their 2nd, 3rd or 4th pregnancy, and having a massage gives you time to focus on the baby that is growing inside of you, without the distractions of everyday life.

About Paula

I specialise in Pregnancy and Postnatal massage, and work from my home therapy room in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

I am passionate about helping to ease the discomforts associated with pregnancy and help to make you bloom!

For more information about pregnancy massage please either visit my site at www.paulakemptherapies.co.uk or give me a call on 07900-278253.

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