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Prenatal Massage

April 03, 2010 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

THE BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE

Ariana Institute offers online and onsite Prenatal Massage continuing education courses for massage therapists. These courses are approved by the National Certification Board as well as the majority of states within the US.  Please visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/ for registration and details.

Prenatal massage offers a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits.

Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures.

Assists in remedying many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy:  muscular discomforts, lower back pain, upper back pain, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, heartburn and acid reflux, fatigue, varicose veins, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, edema of the lower extremities, neck pain, interscapular pain, sacroiliac and hip joint pain and constipation

Increases blood circulation which provides more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and fetus and stimulates the lymph system, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins

Stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes

Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body. As a result, the expectant mother feels more relaxed and at-ease and will also sleep more easily and more deeply.

Assists in maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms.

Eases the load on the heart and helps keep the blood pressure in check

Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues

Supports the return of blood to the heart and increases blood flow to the uterus and placenta. With the enormous demands placed on the circulatory system during pregnancy, blood volume may increase up to 60% over pre-pregnancy levels. As pregnancy progresses and the uterus enlarges and presses deep into the pelvic bowl, venous return to the heart is hampered.

Prepares the mother-to-be for an easier delivery with its sedating effect on the           nervous system, promoting relaxation and stress relief.

Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative choice for pain relief because taking medications are often limited during a pregnancy for the sake of the unborn child

In addition to the physical benefits, prenatal massage provides expecting women with the emotional support and nurturing touch provided by non-sexual human touch and energy.

For information about online Prenatal Massage classes at Ariana Institute, visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

For information about onsite Prenatal Massage classes at Ariana Institute, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/#prenatal.

Ariana Vincent directs the Ariana Institute in Austin, Texas, which offers continuing professional development for massage therapists. Ariana is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Instructor who has practiced massage therapy and bodywork for thirty years. Her highest aspiration, personally and professionally, is to facilitate the integration of mind, body and spirit, and to ultimately allow a state of balance to effortlessly and peacefully become an integral part of everyday life.