Pregnant women can receive massage at any point in their pregnancy. Often the practitioner will provide massage therapy with the client in a side-lying position with pillows and bolsters provided for support and maximum comfort. Other therapists may use a massage table specifically designed for baby or offer a pregnancy massage cushion or Belly Pillow for use during treatment that will allow you to lie face down. The treatment consists of specific features of tissue sculpting, Swedish massage, joint mobilization, foot zone therapy, and connective tissue work to alleviate many of the physiological, musculoskeletal, and emotional stresses that can accompany pregnancy.
Massage during pregnancy increases blood and lymph circulation, thereby relieving swelling in the legs as well as hands. It alleviates strain on weight-bearing joints and myofascial structures to provide relief from muscle spasms and cramps. It can also relieve pain from varicosities. This treatment provides general stress reduction, allowing women to approach labor with more confidence and less anxiety.
Pregnancy massage therapists should have had specific training in this field. Ask your therapist about their training and experience in pregnancy massage before booking a massage treatment.