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Appreciating Massage Therapy

After I hurt my back a few years ago, my entire life changed. In addition to making it hard to work, my back problems also made it difficult to take care of my home and my children. However, a friend mentioned massage therapy, and I decided to give it a try. Within a few sessions, I could move and breathe better, which opened up a world of possibilities for me. This blog is dedicated to helping others see the benefits of massage therapy, so that you can transform your body and your life. You never know, a simple massage could help you to feel better than ever.

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3 Reasons To Get A Massage During Pregnancy

by Aischa Van Ekeren

During pregnancy, it is important to take care of your body. Your body is going through rapid changes to accommodate your growing baby, and you do not have a lot of time to get used to them. As your body changes, it is important to be mindful of factors that you can control in order to keep yourself well. Eating a balanced diet, getting a moderate amount of physical exercise, and keeping your mind engaged can help you to adjust to the rapid changes of pregnancy. You may also want to turn to other methods, such as massage, to help you adapt to your pregnancy. Here are three reasons to get a massage during pregnancy.

Massages help to reduce stress.

Massages are good for both your physical and mental health. When you are dealing with constant stress and discomfort, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. This stress hormone can have negative effects on your pregnancy. If cortisol builds up in your system over time during your pregnancy, then you may face side effects such as preterm labor. Getting a massage helps to put that stress at ease. You are better able to connect to your body after a massage. 

A massage eases your physical pain.

When you are carrying a developing baby, your center of gravity changes dramatically. You put on weight to support your baby. These rapid changes put physical stress on your body. Pregnant women often find that they have lower back pain that inhibits their full range of motion for a number of reasons, including weight gain, muscle separation, and hormonal changes. A massage therapist is able to work with you at any stage of pregnancy and help to ease your sore muscles. If you are experiencing muscle tension, then the massage therapist is able to help you relax. Stimulating the muscles in this way may also help them to regain a semblance of their normal shape as well.

Massages help you to sleep better.

You may find it hard to get a good night's sleep during your pregnancy. Massage therapy can also help you to achieve a better quality of sleep. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage therapy through a service like Reflexology Massage by Therapeutic Body Concepts is also an effective way to help people with lower back pain get a better night of rest. Getting a good amount of sleep helps to boost your overall health, and in turn, this helps your baby as well.

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