Pregnancy is a wonderful time for women and their families. Adding a new family member everything that comes along with that — decorating the baby room and buying new clothes and toys — can be an exciting event. However, with all the difficult changes that occur in the woman’s body, there are many women who experience depression during their pregnancy. Because it is supposed to be such a happy time, this can even compound that depression a make women feel even worse about their situation. here at Inner Beauty Concepts massage spa in Nashua, we’ve seen the difference prenatal massage can make. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Are You Experiencing Prenatal or Postpartum Depression?
While it is no fault of the woman who is experiencing these feelings of depression, there are options available to her to help treat prenatal and postpartum depression. There is robust research that has shown that receiving regular massages during this time is actually a great way to minimize depression symptoms.
Research About Pregnancy Massage
There has been much research on the subject of prenatal and postpartum massage as a treatment to help depression and anxiety in women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth. One of the most highly referenced studies on the subject, “Pregnancy and Labor Massage,” originally published by Tiffany Field in October of 1997. In this study 26 pregnant women were assigned to receive massage therapy for two twenty minute sessions per week for five weeks. A second group was simply assigned to relaxation sessions twice per week where they could meditate or just take time to sit and relax.
At the end of this study, only the women who were assigned to receive prenatal massages reported reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. In the results, these women reported reduced anxiety, better sleep, improved mood, and less back pain than at the start of the trial. In addition to the women reporting these results in questionnaires, urine samples reported that urinary stress hormones (norepinephrine) actually decreased for this group. This group even showed fewer complications during labor and less prematurity in the infants that were born.
Since the stunning results of this study, there have been many other studies that have yielded similar results over the years. So, if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, or even if you are just having difficulties being pregnant, a prenatal massage could very well be the solution you have been looking for. Call Inner Beauty Concepts massage spa to schedule your massage today.
Other Benefits from Prenatal Massage
While regular prenatal massages are an excellent way to treat anxiety and depression before and after you give birth, there are many other benefits that you may experience. Check out our previous blog “Benefits of a Pregnancy Massage” for a more detailed explanation of the following benefits:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Minimized swelling
- Regulated hormones
If you find that receiving prenatal massages was helpful, or if you have already delivered your baby and are still experiencing difficulties with your body, we offer many massage services for non-pregnant women. We also offer couples massages which can be an excellent way to reconnect with your partner after giving birth.
While the majority of pregnant women benefit from prenatal massage, it may not be for every woman. There are certain complications that may be problematic for receiving massages while pregnant. If you are experiencing any of the following, please notify your massage therapist and you may want to consult your primary care physician before receiving any prenatal massages:
- Morning Sickness – If you are still in the first trimester or are still experiencing morning sickness, massage can sometimes increase these symptoms.
- Heartburn – If you are experiencing heartburn, please let us know so that we can make certain accommodations to help you stay comfortable.
- Varicose Veins – Let your massage therapist know if you have varicose veins so that they can avoid massaging directly on top of them which can cause pain.
- Gestational Diabetes – Experts advise that blood sugar levels must be under control before receiving massage treatments.
- Edema or Preeclampsia – If you are experiencing edema or preeclampsia, please talk to your doctor before scheduling a massage.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis – Please postpone prenatal massages until this has been resolved.
- Placenta Complications – If you have any complications with your placenta such as previa, accreta, abruption, or other issues, please consult with your doctor before scheduling a massage.
Pregnancy should be a time of happiness and excitement. If you are having issues that are making your pregnancy hard to get through, it’s possible that prenatal massage therapy could help you find the relief you deserve. If you are ready to schedule your first appointment with our massage spa, or even if you just have questions that you feel are still unanswered, give us a call. We can’t wait to talk to you!