Prenatal massage provide relief and relaxation to soothe away both the physical and emotional of pregnancy. It is a productive and safe procedure when accomplished after first trimester and after consulting your obstetrician.
In regular massage you generally spend half the time lying flat with the chest down and the back up. The other half you might spend in a supine position. The former position can be uncomfortable for pregnant ladies while the latter can place pressure on a major blood vessel thus affecting blood flow to the baby. In prenatal massage however, the massage therapist will place the client in a side-lying position and support her with the use of pillows and cushions. The side-lying position is the most recommended and comfortable position for a pregnant women when lying in bed as this accommodates the anatomical and postural changes without disrupting normal blood circulation.
Firm pressures can be applied to multiple areas. Caution is given when providing pressure to the legs. Only gentle pressure is delivered to the lower extremity because pregnant women can be prone to blood clots. Deep tissue pressures can detach the clots and travel to smaller vessels. Simply advise your therapist regarding the intensity and depth of massage pressure you are comfortable with.