Pre and Post Natal Massage can be a invaluable resource during this special time. Before and after the baby arrives, the mother's body undergoes enormous changes. As her body changes, a woman may begin to feel new aches and pains, or a return of familiar areas of discomfort.
Massage can provide relief by addressing specific areas of discomfort and by facilitating overall relaxation. After prenatal massage, many women report a marked decrease in back pain, symphysis pubis pain, neck and shoulder pain. Many sleep better for several days after their massage. A 1999 study conducted by the Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine and Duke University, showed that participants had fewer complications during labor and their infants had fewer postnatal complications.
Read more about the benefits of mother's massage in this helpful article by American Pregnancy Association. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/prenatalmassage.html