IS MASSAGE SAFE DURING OR AFTER A PREGNANCY?
(often referred to as Pregnancy Massage)
One study at the University of Miami School of Medicine suggests that massage therapy might have multiple positive effects, including:
- Lowered anxiety
- Decreased back and leg pain
- Improved sleep
- Decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine
In another study of pregnancy massage in depressed women, researchers found:
- Increased levels of the "feel-good" hormones serotonin and dopamine
- Decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress
- An overall improvement in mood
Research has shown that, for the general population, massage has other potential benefits. It may relieve pain, or it may boost the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses and tumors.
ARE THERE TIMES WHEN I SHOULD NOT HAVE A MASSAGE?
It's is not a good idea to schedule a massage appointment if you are experiencing any of the following:
Have a fever
Were recently involved in an accident
Are dizzy or nauseated
Are bruised or having wounds, rashes or severe sunburn.
After a surgery or invasive procedure.
In these cases, it's important to stabilize your medical condition first. After you have recovered, or the condition is under the management of a medical provider who agrees that massage would be helpful, you can call to schedule an appointment.