Several studies have shown that massage during pregnancy can provide many benefits to both the mother and baby. One study at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed the following benefits of prenatal massage;
– Lowered anxiety and depression by triggering the brain to decrease production of stress hormones and increase production of natural “feel good” chemicals.
– Decreased leg and back pain.
– Improved sleep.
Prenatal massage is usually performed with the woman lying on her side to avoid pressure on the abdomen. Pillows, bolsters, and cushions are used to ensure comfort.