What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mothers needs. It is also called pre-natal massage.
Pregnant women find this massage to be very relaxing whilst still accommodating all those sore spots associated when carrying a baby.
The mother’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.
Benefits of a pregnancy massage
Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.
It’s a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression.
Contra-indications to having a pregnancy massage
Many massage therapists do not recommend massage in the first trimester. Also, women with certain health conditions may not be able to have pregnancy massage. Some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used and also certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
It’s best to consult your doctor and a certified pregnancy massage therapist if you have any concerns.