We provide specialized massage sessions for expecting mothers. Our custom prenatal table allows you to comfortably lay on your stomach with great support for your belly! No need for uncomfortable positioning with pillows and cushions – just the relaxing, relieving session that you deserve. Most moms-to-be who were once stomach sleepers want to just stay and lay on this unique table.
What is prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who provide prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
How do you lie on the table?
Most women find it uncomfortable to lie facedown right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breasts. And you can’t lie facedown on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow. On the other hand, it’s not a good idea to lie flat on your back either, particularly once you’re past mid-pregnancy, because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart.
For these reasons, we will use a special table with hollowed-out areas and special pillows to accommodate your belly, and often your breasts as well, so you can lie facedown. If you find this position stresses your lower back, you can lie on your side with pillows, wedges, or a full-length body pillow for support.
How can prenatal massage help me?
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching lower back.
A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. Still, it’s important to communicate and tell us where you need attention. Let us know right away if anything during the massage – including your positioning – is causing you any discomfort.