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is one of the most popular forms of massage around the world. It is valued by prospective mothers as a unique way to lower stress during the process of pregnancy, relieving discomforts including edema, backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps and headaches. Serotonin release counteracts the painful toll that pregnancy can have upon the body.
Depending on the extent of the pregnancy, prenatal massage may incorporate comforting tools such as lower back cushions, pelvic supports and soft wedges to minimize stress in sensitive areas.
Prenatal massage also reduces stress on joints, improves circulation, relieves nerves, improves sleep, and minimizes hormonal imbalances. Techniques from other forms of massage such as Swedish massage and reflexology may also be incorporated.
Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with a small, cushioned wedge placed under one hip to provide a slight elevation. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your therapist may utilize such massage techniques as reflexology, Swedish massage or certain techniques that address your specific requests and needs.