What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy Massage is designed for pregnant women and they can receive it at any time during their pregnancy. The pregnancy massage therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto have had specific training in this field. The client receives the massage in a side position, with pillows and bolsters provided for support and comfort. Treatment consists of 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.
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 also provides general stress reduction which allows women to approach labor more relaxed and with less anxiety.