Pre-birth preparation is essential for that long-awaited moment: giving birth to your child. A massage can be a good option for those who are preparing to become mothers. Knowing the benefits of prenatal massage can encourage many women to have this type of service.
A massage is defined as a manual or instrumental treatment that stimulates tissue in different ways (pinching, percussion, rubbing, kneading, and vibration) and is used for purposes such as relaxing, fighting pain, aiding in the reabsorption of bruises or fighting cellulite.
3 Benefits of prenatal massage
Prenatal massage, or massage for pregnant women, is the use of specific techniques, always performed with special care and by professionals specialized in the treatment of pregnant women, focusing on the relief of physical conditions caused by changes in the woman's body during pregnancy.
Here are the three main benefits of prenatal massage:
1- Hormonal regulation
Studies conducted with pregnant women over the last 10 years have shown that the introduction of massage therapy in prenatal care promotes mood regulation and improves cardiovascular health.
In women who received massages twice a week for 5 weeks, there was a decrease in norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) and an increase in levels of dopamine and serotonin, which when low, are associated with depression. These hormonal changes also led to fewer complications during labor and in newborns, such as low birth weight.
2- Reduced edema
When we talk about the benefits of prenatal massage, this is the favorite of many pregnant women. Joint swelling during pregnancy is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure from the heavier uterus on main blood vessels.
Massaging stimulates soft tissues, reduces the concentration of fluid in swollen joints, and improves the elimination of waste products, carried out by the lymphatic system.
3- Relief of sciatic pain
Sciatic nerve pain affects many women at the end of pregnancy, because the uterus relies on the muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure exerted by the uterus creates tension in the leg muscles, causing swelling and pressure on nearby nerves. By targeting the swollen nerves, massage therapy helps release muscle tension.
Although prenatal massage can help improve the well-being of the mother and the baby, it is important to take some precautions. Artepil is one of the best Spas in Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas; here women can visit for services such as massages, facials, European waxing and many other body treatments.