The most common massage technique used during pregnancy massage is effleurage, a long, gliding stroke used in Swedish massage (and also sometimes used to ease contraction pain during labor). 8 If you’re used to strong pressure, you’ll likely find the pressure during pregnancy massage gentle and light.
What does a pregnancy massage involve?
In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is not possible with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).
What is the difference between a pregnancy massage and a regular massage?
A prenatal massage differs from a regular massage in the sense that different techniques are used. These techniques are specific to the many anatomical changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy and will in no way cause harm to the mother or the baby.
Is a prenatal massage worth it?
Research shows prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
What points to avoid in a pregnancy massage?
Experts stay safe by avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands, and ankles. Due to the risk of blood clots during pregnancy it is also important to avoid deep tissue massage in the legs.
Can my boyfriend gave me a massage while pregnant?
However, during pregnancy they can feel particularly intolerable. By giving your partner regular massages you can help reduce the intensity, frequency and impact of stress and anxiety. You may also help to reduce heartburn, a common feature of pregnancy which can be exacerbated by stress.
Can I get a massage at 9 months pregnant?
The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.
What do you wear to a prenatal massage?
Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
Do you lay on your stomach during a prenatal massage?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.