Congratulations on expecting a baby! Quite understandably, many pregnant women long for the relief and rejuvenation of a massage. At the same time, like everything in pregnancy, from belly dancing to Brie cheese, Shiatsu to sushi, right-side lying to rollerblading, we wonder about its benefits, and whether it’s safe. And with good reason. Massage, on the whole, is really fine during pregnancy, with a few caveats for caution.
How Pregnancy Massage Can Be Done Safely
The key to a safe pregnancy massage is that the practitioner be licensed, and trained specifically in pregnancy massage techniques. This usually means that the uterine or pelvic areas are handled correctly, and that no meridian (acupressure) points are pressed which could lead to uterine contractions. Pregnancy massage, therefore, is usually a combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage, because neither uses acupressure techniques.
The other aspect of a safe pregnancy massage is timing. At Sky Sea & Spa we subscribe to the notion that massage is safe in pregnancy after the first trimester. This is because hormones have stabilized to safer levels, and you likely feel better overall anyway. In addition, your comfort is of primary concern, particularly in the last couple of months, but any time after your belly starts to enlarge, you might feel more comfortable lying or sitting in certain positions. Pregnancy massage is usually performed either side-lying or sitting, with some practitioners working with a massage table with a hole for the belly.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
A safe pregnancy massage can feel like a life saver. Here are some benefits of pregnancy massage:
Pregnancy massage is like an oasis – a wellspring of offerings to you just when you need it most. Just be sure to work with a pregnancy massage expert in order to ensure your safety. Once you know the safety aspects are covered, you’ll be able to rest with ease and comfort into the world of pregnancy massage splendor.