Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage, also called prenatal massage, is a modified Swedish massage specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs.

Because pregnant women experience numerous structural, physiological and emotional changes and discomforts, Prenatal Massage provides a safe and effective way to address their most common complaints. Prenatal Massage has been found to aid moms-to-be by improving circulation, reducing overall stress, relieving aches and pains in muscles and joints, relieving mental and physical fatigue, and addressing recurring problems such as leg cramps, sciatica, lower back pain, and water retention in the feet and ankles.

As the mother's body changes with each stage of pregnancy it must be properly positioned and supported during the massage. When it is appropriate, usually during the second trimester,  expectant mothers are massaged in only elevated face-up and side-lying positions using the aid of various pillows and cushions.   Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for both mother and baby and helps avoid pressure on deep blood vessels which could reduce circulation to mother and/or baby.  Some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work,  will not be used on certain areas of the body and should be avoided during certain stages of pregnancy.

Massage is a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for various pains and discomforts, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. 

Not only can Prenatal Massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.

Massage therapy has been found to also help reduce anxiety and depression during pregnancy.

For pregnancy massage we use special pillows and hydrolic tables that allow for optimal comfort and positioning of expectant mothers without causing harm.