What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs. It is also called pre-natal massage.
How is pregnancy massage different from regular massage?
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. Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
What are the benefits of 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.
Who do I go to for pregnancy massage?
Look for a massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage. That means that the therapist has had specialized training in pregnancy massage, and knows what is safe for the mother and baby.
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. It's best to consult your doctor and a certified pregnancy massage therapist.