Being a mother is easily the most important job in the world.
You instantly become the center of the universe for your child—a child that comes into this world entirely helpless. From the moment of their arrival, it then rests upon the mother to teach, guide, and prepare the little one to grow and develop. It’s no mystery why then, the mother is seen as the axis around which the whole family unit turns. She’s the one who lays down the law, instills values, establishes routines and buckles down on boundaries to ensure the smooth and healthy running of her loved ones. If you are a mom, you know just how huge this responsibility is. And if you’re a mom-to-be, you’ll understand that this sense of responsibility begins way before your little one makes their big debut.
The bond between a mother and child happens long before they meet face to face.
Pregnancy usually lasts for about 40 weeks, and it is during this time that the foundation for this indelible connection is established. Making sure to keep healthy both physically and emotionally is of utmost importance during your pregnancy—a feat that might seem impossible to most expecting moms, what with swollen ankles, aches and pains, sleepless nights, and a slew of other problems that could occur during pregnancy. It becomes a real challenge to find balance when you feel you’ve lost control over your body and the tiny human growing inside it. But there is hope… For centuries the art of massage has helped people overcome various health issues of both the physical and mental kind, and prenatal massage is no different.
The changes that happen to your body as it prepares for birth include weight gain, softening of bones and tissue, as well as water retention. These changes could lead to other complications like back ache, headaches, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, and general discomfort. Kind of like feeling awkward in your own body. But all of the above is not immune to the power of touch, and that is why massage during pregnancy can be so beneficial. It uplifts the body and mind, finding that balance to eradicate the pain and restore the joy of the most significant time in an expectant mother’s life. A pregnancy massage is completely safe after the first trimester (first three months of pregnancy) when it may compound morning sickness. Have a look at our spa packages and decide what’s best suited for you and your stage of pregnancy. Prenatal massage techniques differ according to how far along you are and what specific issues you might be experiencing. Don’t expect to lie on your back at all. The weight from your baby and uterus will press down on blood vessels and constrict circulation to your placenta, which should be avoided at all times. Instead, you will be made to lie on your side with cushion support, or on your tummy using a special bed with a hole to accommodate your growing belly and breasts. Deep tissue work is approached very carefully because of a pregnant woman’s increased risk of blood clots, and prenatal massages are generally centered on gentle pressure for safety. Remember to always check with your doctor before having a massage during pregnancy if you suffer from preeclampsia, diabetes, morning sickness, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, or bleeding.
Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include:
• Reduces stress hormones and anxiety
• Increases blood flow
• Flushes out toxins
• Balances connection between body and mind
• Improved heart health
• Relieves joint and muscle pain
• Helps insomnia
• Reduces swelling in hands and feet
• Eases headaches
• Helps with symptoms of depression
• Improves labor
• Improves health of newborn baby
Studies have found that expectant moms who had regular prenatal massages greatly reduced their risk of postnatal depression, and also prepared their bodies to better handle the stress of labor itself. By taking care of your body and mind during pregnancy, you can look forward to a positive birth experience, as well as a deeper connection with your bouncing bundle of joy.
Moms spend their lives in the background so they can put their children first. They lose sleep, offer the food off their plate, sacrifice time, work themselves to a standstill – all without a second thought if it meant their loved ones were happy.
At Polokwane Spa, we put our moms first as a way to say thank you. We understand the beautiful miracle of bringing life into this world, and the distinctive needs every expectant mother has. That is why our exclusive Mommy-To-Be Massage Treatment has been specifically geared to pregnant clients who want to relieve the strain of pregnancy while improving their overall experience of this special miracle. We have taken centuries of study in the art of massage and combined it with research to guarantee positive outcomes during and after pregnancy for both mom and baby. If you are about to bring new life into this world, or know someone who is, take a moment to consider all the amazing benefits of pregnancy massage and have a look at our spa specials to see how you can help to enhance the experience. Book with us today.