Pregnancy massage includes pre or post natal massage therapy to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Through the second and third trimester, lying on your side with supportive, soft cushions are used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas. Massage in pregnancy can involve many different massage techniques. It is usually a gentle massage.