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Pregnancy Massage

Massage Table

Prenatal massages are generally considered safe, as long as you get the green light from your maternity healthcare practitioner and you let your massage therapist know you’re pregnant.

Despite myths you might have heard, there’s no magic eject button that will accidentally disrupt your pregnancy, and there isn't much solid scientific proof that specific types of massage can have an effect one way or the other. Some massage therapists avoid certain pressure points, including the one between the anklebone and heel, because of concern that it may trigger contractions, but the evidence on whether massage actually can kickstart labor is inconclusive (to nonexistent).

As your shape and posture changes, a trained massage therapist will make accommodations with special cushioning systems or holes that allow you to lie face down safely, while providing room for your growing belly and breasts. Or you might lie on your side with the support of pillows and cushions.   We have a large pregnancy pillow available here so you may lie face down should you choose to do so.

Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles.  It can reconnect your mind with your body, a connection that's comforting if you sometimes feel a disconnection with your former self/body.

During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve:

  • Insomnia

  • Joint pain

  • Neck and back pain

  • Leg cramping

  • Sciatica related pain

  • Swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn't a result of preeclampsia)

  • Carpal tunnel pain

  • Headaches and sinus congestion

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