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Pregnant massages: which are the most appropriate

 In this article we present the benefits of massages for pregnant women. As long as they are performed by expert hands, massages carry many advantages during pregnancy. Research shows that practicing massage during pregnancy can be important for the psycho-physical well-being of future mothers. Therefore, it is not about giving yourself a luxury, but a caress, a very special hug for the mother and the baby in the womb. The positive effects of massage during pregnancy are:

  • reduction of anxiety;
  • decreased pain in the legs and back;
  • keeping the skin in an optimal state of hydration to counteract stretch marks;
  • better sleep and rest;
  • decreased levels of norepinephrine, stress hormone; better immune system performance;
  • valuable help for the birth and health of the newborn;
  • better posture that relieves a lot of pain.

Massages and depression

In a study on the benefits of massage in pregnancy for women affected by depression, it was highlighted:
  • increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, hormones to feel good;
  • decreased cortisol levels, an indicator of stress;
  • a general improvement in mood;
  • benefit to inflamed nerves, helping to release tension in the surrounding muscles
  • significant reduction of sciatic nerve pain;
  • hormonal regulation
 
Mesajes para embarazadas

Studies conducted in the past 10 years show that in women receiving biweekly massage treatment, stress hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol are reduced for just five weeks. In addition, dopamine and serotonin levels increase: the decrease in these hormones is associated with depression. These changes in hormone levels have also led to fewer complications during labor and fewer cases of neonatal complications, such as low birth weight.
The health of mothers and babies improves when massage is an integral part of prenatal care.
In short, prenatal massages, operated by professionals, have a therapeutic purpose. On the one hand, muscle and joint functions increase. On the other hand they improve circulation, tone the body and revitalize the mental state of the future mother. At Aurum Wellbeing we perform massages for pregnant women, always on their back or on their sides so as not to harm the fetus.

Massage during pregnancy is an excellent solution to enjoy some pampering and a moment of well-being. In addition to waiting anxiety, a pregnant woman can experience several problems:

  • Swollen legs
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia
  • General nervousness
  • Feeling of fatigue

The best massages for pregnant women

Lymphatic drainage

Feeling lighter and lighter It is par excellence the most recommended massage for pregnant women, it is less aggressive than any other massage. Its smooth and repetitive movements help activate the lymphatic system and stimulate drainage of the lymph, toxins, fats and surrounding fluids that precede waste from the circulatory system. The goal is to avoid stagnation of liquids, which in pregnancy can cause edema (swelling). Thanks to this massage based on a series of delicate and repeated manipulations it is possible to reduce inflammation. Immediately after the massage you will feel incredibly light legs, a sensation due to the improvement of circulation.  

Foot reflexology

Manual foot reflexology massage
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Useful against nausea In this case, the massage is dedicated to the feet and hands, in particular to specific points that are said to correspond to the different organs of the body. Thanks to this micro-stimulation, nausea, constipation, sciatica and circulation problems can be alleviated, in addition to relaxing the nervous system. Again, it is best to wait for the first trimester to pass.

Reiki

To enhance relaxation and balance body energy

Reiki is not exactly a massage but it is proven to help balance the body and the mind: in addition to improving circulation and posture, it provides a great feeling of relaxation and lightness throughout the body. Some caveats: it is better to wait to do it after the first trimester, when the most delicate period can be considered past. Also, it is good not to massage the energy points related to the uterus. Finally, it is better to avoid the use of essential oils, which could also be absorbed by the child through the epidermis.  

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