Pregnancy massage or prenatal massage is designed for expectant mothers during the 2nd and 3rd trimester of their pregnancy. This type of massage helps minimize pregnancy related discomforts such as lower back pain, joint aches and swelling in the arms and legs.
Benefits of pregnancy massage
- Decreases lower back and leg pain
- Improves sleep
- Decreases swelling in the arms and legs
- Improves mood (due to the increase in dopamine and serotonin)
The massage therapist should be trained at administering pregnancy massage. The pregnant mother is positioned comfortably on her side using a specially designed pillow, to accommodate her pregnant belly. The strokes used are deep and long, putting emphasis on large muscles and joints. Slight tapping is also applied on certain pressure points to release (qi), the body’s natural energy.
What to expect?
If you’re in the first trimester of your pregnancy, its best not to have this type of massage yet. Pregnant women who have pre-existing conditions must consult with their doctors, if this pregnancy massage is safe for them. During the massage, the pregnant belly is not included.