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Prenatal massage a.k.a pregnancy massage is a great complimentary service that can be a part of your prenatal care during the second and third trimesters, it is not recommended during the first trimester. Prenatal massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
At AyurvaWellness, our therapists take extra care to ensure our pregnancy massage clients are comfortable. Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain, so naturally we want to avoid any potential discomfort.
Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it’s always a good idea to discuss with your therapist any everyday symptoms you’d like to see relieved. Those might include:
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from the variety of massage techniques offered by an AyurvaWellness professional massage therapist.
However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor or midwife before beginning one of our massage therapy programs.
If you experience discomfort at any time during the pregnancy massage, tell your therapist immediately.