During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes. Some of the side-effects of these changes result in a number of uncomfortable conditions. Massage during pregnancy helps to relieve many of these complaints through the positive physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation.
The overall goals of pregnancy massage are to help minimize stress, promote relaxation, and prepare the muscles for childbirth. In addition there are specific techniques and movements which are designed to help relieve the particular conditions common in pregnancy:
- lower back pain
- swelling of hands and feet
- calf cramps
- sciatic pain
- sinus congestion
Be sure to let your therapist know that you are pregnant and how far progressed so they can advise you and your modify treatment accordingly.