Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman's body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
We not use the tables and pillow systems that allow pregnant woman to lie on their stomachs. Research and our training show that the safest positions for a prenatal massage are sitting on a chair or stool, or lying on your side. Lying on your stomach can actually cause injury to the mother's body. Massage Tables and pillow systems that have the belly cut out allowing mother's to lay face down cause the weight of the uterus to pull the mother's abdomen into the hole/pocket, increasing the curve of the lumbar spine and adding to the stress on the sacral and uterine ligaments. Since pregnancy creates a tendency toward increased spinal curvature and ligament tension, tables and pillow systems of this nature can exacerbate this tendency or cause back pain where it did not exist. Our therapist's use pillows of various sizes and shapes to support the healthy alignment of your spine and pelvis to create a comfortable safe environment to receive a massage. Side lying allows us to work your lower back without risk of increasing uterine pressure and hopefully alleviating instead of aggravating any discomfort.
We owe it to our clients to create the safest environment we can in hopes of alleviating pain and discomfort whenever possible and above all to do no harm.
*Information gathered from multiple sources.