What is Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is uncomfortable with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).
But as your shape and posture changes, a trained massage therapist will make accommodations with special cushioning systems that help you to lie comfortably on your side while being able to receive your massage. Don’t expect deep tissue work on your legs during a prenatal massage: While gentle pressure is safe (and can feel heavenly!), pregnant women are particularly susceptible to blood clots, which deep massage work can dislodge. If the clots make their way to your brain or heart, this can be dangerous for you (and your baby).
Always communicate with your therapist about what feels good — and if something starts to hurt.
Here at Sacred Grove Healing Massage, we want to maintain your comfort and safety at this delicate and beautiful time of your life. To that end we employ the Oakworks side-lying positioning system to allow you to maintain absolute comfort while lying on your side for your massage.
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