Pregnancy Massage combines specific features of Swedish massage, joint mobilization, foot zone therapy, and connective tissue work to alleviate many of the physiological, musculo-skeletal, and emotional stresses of pregnancy. The client receives the massage in a side position, with pillows and bolsters provided for support and comfort, and they can receive this treatment at any time during their pregnancy.
Massage during pregnancy increases blood and lymph circulation, thus relieving swelling in the legs and hands. It alleviates strain on weight-bearing joints and myofascial structures to provide relief from muscle spasms and cramps, and can also relieve pain from varicosities. It provides general stress reduction which allows women to approach labor more relaxed and with less anxiety.
At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, these therapists have had specific training in this field.