Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for pregnant women. It is also called pre-natal massage.

 

 

How is pregnancy massage different from regular massage?

 

In pregnancy massage, the woman's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.

 

Specifically:

  • After about 20 weeks, mothers-to-be should be positioned on their sides rather than on their backs. Tables that provide a hole for the belly may cause unnecessary ligament stretching and should be avoided.

  • In reflexology (a popular form of touch therapy), the area between the heel and ankle bone should be avoided. 

  • Many pre-natal massage therapists have a special table designed specifically for the needs of pregnant women.


Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

 

  • Tranquil relaxation and reduce stress.

  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and Myofascial pain,

  • especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.

  • Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling.

  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.

  • Improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain.

  • Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.

  • Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.

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