Is Prenatal Massage Safe?

Along with the excitement, joy, and anticipation that pregnancy brings, you may also experience less than pleasant mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. Fortunately, prenatal massage is recognized by the American Pregnancy Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as being safe for most people.

What is a Prenatal Massage?

A prenatal massage is a massage performed during any stage of pregnancy. They often combine techniques from a variety of different massage modalities, including a Swedish massage. Swedish massage is rooted in techniques used to promote relaxation. It is also known as a classical massage, and it is the most common type of massage given in the U.S. 

Prenatal massages differ from other massage techniques in a few ways. Pregnant clients often lay on their sides for pregnancy massages. Massage clinics that offer massages during pregnancy may also have tables specifically designed for pregnant patients to receive a massage lying face down. 

Pregnancy massages focus on improving blood circulation, boosting the lymphatic system, and relaxing muscles. Prenatal massages are deemed safe throughout the entire pregnancy for most clients. Clients who are pregnant and have underlying health conditions including preeclampsia, severe swelling, and hypertension, or who are diagnosed as having a high-risk pregnancy should speak with their physician before receiving a massage.

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What Conditions Can Pregnancy Massages Treat?

Massages during pregnancy can be just what the expecting patient needs. They can help relieve discomfort stemming from:

  • Swelling

Swelling of the joints is a common phenomenon during pregnancy. It is typically caused by pressure on the joints and reduced circulation. A massage to stimulate soft tissues and improve circulation may help reduce fluid buildup in the joints.

  • Muscle Aches

As the baby grows, muscle pain is quite common in the lower back. Massage can help to boost circulation and help to reduce stress hormones that cause muscle tension.

  • Foot and Leg Pain

The feet and legs are also frequent sources of pain during pregnancy. Although deep tissue massages in the legs are not recommended due to the potential for blood clots, gentle massage on the legs is safe for most people. Foot massages also help to alleviate pain as your body expands and becomes heavier.

  • Stress and Anxiety

Hormones surge during pregnancy, which can lead to an increase in stress and anxiety. A prenatal massage helps with relaxation and a break from occasionally overwhelming emotions during pregnancy.

  • Headaches

Stress and lack of sleep are both known triggers for headaches. Massages during pregnancy can help to reduce discomfort leading to insomnia and minimize the stress that may trigger tension headaches.

  • Nerve Pain (Sciatica)

As the body changes during pregnancy, pressure on the nerves can lead to pain. Sciatica is quite common during pregnancy. Massage can soothe tense muscles, which put additional pressure on nerves. Massages can also trigger the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.

Schedule a Pregnancy Massage in Eugene

If you or someone you love is pregnant, a massage can be a wonderful way to reduce stress, tension, and muscle pain in a peaceful relaxing environment. About Touch Massage has received the Eugene Register-Guard Reader’s Choice Award repeatedly. To book an appointment for a pregnancy massage call 541-484-3055, or schedule online.


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