Massage for pregnant women
Although prenatal massage is viewed as a luxury service by many people, it can be really beneficial in pregnancy.
What is prenatal massage?
There are many similar benefits between prenatal and normal massage, such as relaxing the muscles, relieving pain, improving the blood circulation or simply making us feel better. There are specific massage techniques that adapt to the changes of the female body during pregnancy. Also, prenatal massage can prevent thrombosis, by increasing the levels of anticoagulant factors in the blood.
How can prenatal massage help women during pregnancy?
The method of prenatal massage that is recommended in pregnancy is Swedish massage, as it deals with problems related to the skeletal and circulatory system. More specifically, it helps in relieving lymphatic congestion, improving blood circulation, relieving muscle pains, cramps and oedema in hands and feet, reducing stress (by reducing norepinephrine, etc.), sleeping better and strengthening the immunity system.
If you are stressed, upset or worried, massage will help you because it increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, both of which bring euphoria, while it reduces the levels of cortisol (stress hormone).
What products do we use?
We only use natural, inorganic oils, such as almond oil and olive oil. We make sure that essential oils are not used, in order to avoid any possible allergies, given that many of them are not indicated in pregnancy.
How often can you have massage?
Prenatal massage is usually avoided in the first trimester, especially if there is any pathological condition. In the second trimester, you could have a massage once per week, while in the third trimester you could do it twice per week, as it can also be beneficial to your labour.
In what case is prenatal massage contraindicated?
Prenatal massage is not indicated in cardiac disorders, chronic hypertension, serious anaemia, systemic lupus erythymatosus, bleeding, placenta abruption, risk of preterm labour, abdominal pain or if you have nausea and vomits.