What is it?
Massage therapy for pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy. For many pregnant woment, their health concerns differ from our other clients but they also have many of the same discomforts - just layered with the growing baby. Many of the same massage therapy techniques can be used for our pregnant clients. Some women may also find the practice of mindfulness and breathwork helpful as they near labor and delivery. During the later stages of pregnancy when lying on one’s belly may not be possible, we use a sidelying position to work at relaxing tension related to pregnancy and daily life. In fact, it is not uncommon for our therapists’ to use the sidelying position for clients who are not pregnant. It is an extremely effective position for tension in the shoulders, hips and low back as well as the legs. Extra pillows and bolsters are also used for comfort and support.
All of our Sore Spots massage therapists have continued training in pregnancy massage. We strive to ensure every mom has a relaxing, nourishing experience where they can connect to their body and baby in a positive way.
Reduces tension in the lower back and hips
Helps with sciatica and piriformis syndrome
Promotes a mind – body connection
Starts the baby bonding experience in utero
Lowers stress and anxiety
History of Pregnancy Massage
Historically, we can find Ayurvedic texts from India prescribing prenatal massage practices for expecting mothers and to date, India has a strong practice for mothers and babies.
In North America, outside of massage therapists, Doula’s are also advocates for touch therapy for it’s overall benefits and promotion of healthy touch in loving families.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to have a massage in the first trimester?
Yes. As massage therapists, we are mindful of certain deep tissue techniques and reflex points that are to be avoided in the first trimester especially, but those only modify a small part of our treatment strategy.