Pregnancy brings growth and changes in countless ways, and many of these changes exert physical and mental tension on expectant mothers. Many cultures have long employed skillful touch to help restore balance to the bodies and minds of pregnant women, and science increasingly confirms its safety and efficacy.

Research indicates that proper delivery of this unique type of massage offers expectant mothers relief from back pain, morning sickness, depression, and labor pain.


1. Pregnancy Massage vs. Traditional Massage

Therapists are trained to adapt massage techniques for the anatomical changes that occur throughout pregnancy. In a regular massage, people lie face-down on their stomachs and on their backs. These two positions can cause severe discomfort for an expecting mom and fetus.

A professional pregnancy massage therapist provides special cushions or holes to accommodate growing bellies and breasts. They steer away from deep tissue work on the legs to avoid the risk of dislodging blood clots and are gentle on the extremities, avoiding certain areas that might trigger contractions.

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