The short answer is: Yes. Massage can help relieve some of the tension and pain experienced throughout pregnancy. It can be especially useful to ease discomfort at a time when you can't use particular medicines.

Pregnancy massages tend to be on the gentler side.Pregnancy massages tend to be on the gentler side.

Unfortunately, there is often a misconception surrounding the safety of pregnancy massages. Like with anything, there are some exceptions to who can undergo massage sessions during pregnancy safely but on the whole it's an excellent practice for any woman.

So what exactly is pregnancy massage? And how does it benefit you? Let's explore.

Defining pregnancy massage

Massage in pregnancy can involve many different techniques. It is usually a lighter massage due to the tenderness of ligaments as well as the therapeutic benefits of this softer pressure.

Massage in pregnancy can involve many different massage techniques.

Lower back pain - which is common in pregnancy - can be treated with acupressure and trigger point massage techniques. However, clients should heed the advice of their therapist when it comes to these practices and always communicate any discomfort or pain. 

These prenatal massage techniques can reduce stress, reduce swelling in the arms and legs and relieve muscle and joint pain in pregnant women.

What does a pregnancy massage involve?

As mentioned above, pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your back. But that's not the only pressure point. During pregnancy women tend to feel tension in their shoulders, neck and abdominal muscles as well.

Prenatal massage is designed to relieve some of the aches and pains that are common occurrences during most pregnancies. Qualified massage practitioners are well trained in which areas to target and which to avoid altogether.

Before you even get started with the massage you'll have a chat with your therapist about your general lifestyle and overall health. You will be asked to lie down on a specially-designed massage table and be covered per massage standards for your own privacy before the massage begins. From this point on the experience will vary based on the type of massage yourself and your practitioner decides is right for you.

Unwind from all the pre-baby madness with a prenatal massage.Unwind from all the pre-baby madness with a prenatal massage.

The health benefits of massage during pregnancy

The research that does exist on prenatal massages leads us to some very promising conclusions. Undergoing regular massage session during a pregnancy can:

  • Reduce stress hormones.
  • Relax and loosen your muscles.
  • Increase blood flow.
  • Strengthen the lymphatic system.
  • Improve moods.
  • Lower anxiety.
  • Help you sleep better.

Pregnancy massage can also be very effective during labour to help manage pain.

Massage during labour can help reduce pain.Massage during labour can help reduce pain.

Looking for more information?

Massage therapy is generally considered safe if it is done properly by a trained professional. If you're still keen to learn more contact Massage & Myotherapy Australia (Australian Association of Massage Therapists) on 03 9602 7300 for more information.