Prenatal massage, also called pregnancy massage, is used to relieve the stress that pregnancy puts on a woman's body. During pregnancy the body changes rapidly. The organs shift. The ligaments of the hips relax. The abdomen stretches. The center of gravity changes. All of these things cause discomfort and pain. Prenatal massage is done to cater to the special needs of a pregnant woman as her body goes through dramatic changes.
Positioned for Comfort
Prenatal massage can be performed by
Having an expectant woman lie on her side, propped up with pillows;
Utilizing specially designed maternity cushioning systems, which allow the expectant mother to lie on her stomach, supported by the cushions;
Positioning the mother-to- be in a semi-reclining position propped up by pillows.
Reduces stress hormones
Decreases swelling in hands, feet, legs and arms
Relieves muscle discomfort and cramping
Increases blood circulation
Alleviates back, neck, shoulder, and hip pain by realigning the muscles
Relieves the symptoms of pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome
Relieves stress on weight bearing joints
Stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes
Reduces the chance of varicose veins and blood clots