What is prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage or pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for a pregnant women.
How is prenatal massage different from regular massage?
In prenatal massage, the woman's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.
Also, certain massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
Preliminary studies suggest that prenatal massage may help to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.
In alternative medicine, prenatal massage is sometimes suggested for back pain.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
Preliminary studies also suggest that massage therapy may reduce anxiety and depression.
For safety considerations, Elements Massage does not perform massage in the first trimester.
Also, women with certain health conditions may not be able to have pregnancy massage.
If you're considering prenatal massage, make sure to talk with your doctor first.