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Is Prenatal Massage safe for me and my baby?

What should I expect the first massage therapy visit?

What do I wear during a massage treatment?

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

I have heard that my feet shouldn't be massaged during my pregnancy.  Is this true?

The skin on my belly feels so tight.  Is it safe to have it massaged?


Is Prenatal Massage safe for me and my baby?

Yes!  In fact, massage is very beneficial for you and your baby.  However, make sure that your therapist is Certified in Prenatal Massage, so that you are massaged in a safe and effective way.  If your doctor or midwife has told you that you are "high risk", or if you have any complications, you will want to get her permission before getting the massage.  

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What should I expect the first massage therapy visit?

You will be required to fill out a health history form.  Afterwards we will discuss general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.

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What do I wear during a massage treatment?

Typically, for a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. You will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.  It is important to understand that there are no uncovered massage techniques used in private body areas.  Completely ethical and professional standards will be adhered to.

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What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Relax and make yourself comfortable. If I want you to adjust your position, I will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

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I have heard that my feet shouldn't be massaged during my pregnancy.  Is this true?

Not true. Now more than ever your feet need relief from joint pressure and swelling. But there are acupressure points around the ankles and feet that, when actively and aggressively worked, might bring on contractions. This is one of the many reasons to see a knowledgeable, pregnancy-certified therapist.

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The skin on my belly feels so tight.  Is it safe to have it massaged?

With proper technique and pressure levels, absolutely. By policy I do not massage abdomens in the first trimester. It is completely safe, as your uterus is still the size of a plum and protected by the bony structure of the pelvis. However, due to the high incident of miscarriage in the first trimester I avoid it because it tends to cause some anxiety, and the object of the massage is to reduce stress. After 12 weeks it is your option to request massage on your belly with light, circular strokes. This promotes skin elasticity and circulation to the general area.

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Copyright 2014 - Essense Massage & Bodywork

DISCLAIMER:  The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy Massage