By Contributing writer Peter Minkoff
Being a mom is definitely one of the most rewarding things in the world, but the truth is that motherhood can become quite overwhelming from time to time. However, you really don’t have to worry, as there are ways to successfully cope with everything that bothers you. Massage can help you to relax and unwind after an exhausting day since it has numerous benefits you simply have to explore. Here are five of them you need to know about, so check them out and book an appointment ASAP!
Massage addresses lower back pain
Moms-to-be and new moms know that low very well that lower back pain is quite common during pregnancy, and it can even be a big issue even after giving birth, which is exactly why getting a massage is an absolute must. You should know that residual body pain during pregnancy is normal, especially when there are breastfeeding and childcare that can significantly intensify back, arm and shoulder pain. Massage can be really useful here since it can relieve pain without using medications – just be sure you find an experienced therapist and you’ll see that it’s completely worth it.
It reduces stress and anxiety
Massages are known for relaxing muscles and improve circulation. This is particularly important if you’re a new mom who still hasn’t completely adapted to all those sleepless hours and is trying to figure out what her baby actually needs. Everyone knows that it can be more than stressful, which is why you should book a massage as soon as possible. This is also true for pregnant women who simply don’t know how to cope with stressful situations any longer. Just go for a pregnancy massage and feel like a brand-new woman afterward – totally relaxed and stress-free!
It can improve breastfeeding process…
Even though breastfeeding is one of the best things you can provide for your newborn, the truth is that many moms are struggling with it, which poses a major challenge for them. If that’s the case with you, too, getting a massage can be beneficial on so many levels. As already stated, massage therapy will relax your body and improve circulation, while increasing prolactin levels at the same time. Besides that, lactation is likely to be improved once the relaxation in the chest muscles opens the shoulders. It can relieve breast pain as well, so consult with your therapist and experience its fantastic benefits!
… As well as postpartum hormone balance
Massage is also likely to improve your postpartum hormone balance, first of all when it comes to your estrogen and progesterone levels. These are naturally very high during pregnancy, but you don’t have to worry at all since they will decrease after delivery. Oxytocin and prolactin hormone levels will also naturally rise since these have to facilitate breastfeeding. On the other hand, cortisol, the stress hormone, can be greatly reduced by massage, as well as dopamine and serotonin – biochemicals that are associated with depression. Massage will basically lift your mood and lower your stress levels while balancing out your hormones, which is what matters most.
Massages can decrease swelling typical of pregnancy
Swelling is one of the most common issues during pregnancy when your body fluids volume is likely to increase by about 50%. This sounds quite shocking, right? Well, the good news is that massage can increase lymphatic drainage that facilitates elimination of excess fluids, which means that there’s a solution for your swollen feet and hands. You should know that tissue stimulation can help your body to shift water to the right places, so don’t forget to book a massage appointment at your trusted therapist and get rid of that frustrating swelling for good.
Each of these five reasons is more than good to convince any mom out there that she really needs a massage as soon as possible. Apart from addressing lower back pain and reducing stress and anxiety, it can also improve breastfeeding process and postpartum hormone balance, while successfully dealing with swelling at the same time. If you’re up for that, book an appointment at your favorite masseuse and you’ll see fantastic results!
About Peter: Peter is a men’s fashion writer at Twisted Male Mag, living between Brisbane and London. Besides writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.