Pregnancy massage, also known as prenatal massage, is a specialized massage therapy designed to address the unique needs of expectant mothers. It can provide a variety of benefits to pregnant women and help them cope with the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy.
During a pregnancy massage, the therapist will typically have the client lie on their side with pillows and bolsters for comfort and support. This position helps to alleviate pressure on the abdomen and provides a safe and comfortable environment for both the mother and baby.
The massage techniques used in pregnancy massage are gentle and focus on promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tension, easing discomfort, and improving circulation. The therapist may use a combination of Swedish massage strokes, gentle kneading, and light pressure on specific areas, such as the lower back, hips, legs, and feet, which tend to experience increased strain during pregnancy.
Pregnancy massage can help promote better sleep, reduce swelling and edema, relieve backaches and joint pain, alleviate headaches and muscle tension, and improve overall mood and wellbeing. It can also aid in enhancing the connection between the mother and baby. The recommended massage time for pregnancy is after 12 weeks, before 36 weeks, or after 40 weeks.