Prenatal Massage


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Understanding Prenatal Massage

Important Note: Prenatal massage should be avoided during the first trimester (weeks 1-12) and after 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Prenatal massage is a specialized form of massage therapy intended specifically for pregnant individuals. It caters to the unique physical and emotional changes associated with pregnancy, with a focus on relaxation, discomfort relief, and overall well-being.

Pregnancy induces various physiological and hormonal transformations, often resulting in discomfort, pain, and stress. Prenatal massage therapists undergo training to adapt their techniques safely for pregnant clients.

Employing gentle and supportive approaches, such as Swedish massage characterized by long, gliding strokes, therapists target areas prone to discomfort, including the lower back, hips, legs, and shoulders.

The benefits of prenatal massage may include:

  1. Stress Reduction: Massage can alleviate anxiety, induce relaxation, and mitigate stress for both the expectant mother and the developing baby.
  2. Pain Relief: Prenatal massage techniques address common discomforts of pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, and headaches.
  3. Enhanced Circulation: Massage supports blood and lymphatic circulation, potentially reducing swelling (edema) in the extremities.
  4. Hormonal Balance: Prenatal massage may assist in regulating mood and relaxation-related hormones like serotonin and cortisol.
  5. Improved Sleep: Many pregnant individuals experience sleep disturbances. Prenatal massage can contribute to better sleep quality and patterns.


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