While a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes numerous changes both physically as well as physiologically. The physical changes can cause stress and or discomfort to the mother and pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to help alleviate many of these discomforts, as well as providing a sense of well-being.
Pregnancy massage is beneficial after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy; however, if you are having a high risk pregnancy it is best to discuss your condition with your midwife or physician before seeking a therapist. After doing so, you may be able to receive a massage with a written release. Pregnancy massage is specially designed to address the aches and pains of a pregnant woman such as lower back pain or sciatica or odema while using the apappropriate level of pressure. I always ensure that you are comfortable lying on your side supported by pillows on the massage table, before I begin the treatment.
Benefits that a women may experience: