Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
Do you take your clothes off for prenatal massage?
We use an oil, if you prefer a massage through your clothes we can arrange that. You can leave your panties on or take off. It makes no difference to us. If you leave them on, we may push them down slightly so we can get into your gluts.
What is the most comfortable position for pregnancy massage?
When supported sufficiently with firm pillows, bolsters, and/or a Contoured bodyCushion, side-lying position is the safest, most posturally neutral, and most comfortable position for most women to receive prenatal massage therapy.
Is it safe to do a massage while pregnant?
The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.
What parts of the body should you not massage during pregnancy?
Experts stay safe by avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands, and ankles. Due to the risk of blood clots during pregnancy it is also important to avoid deep tissue massage in the legs.
Do you wear a bra for prenatal massage?
Do I have to be undressed? Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
How do you lay down for a prenatal massage?
In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is not possible with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).
Which side do you lay on for pregnancy massage?
Avoid massage during the first trimester. Avoid or use only light touch on inner legs. A table with a cut-out for the belly is the perfect choice for prone pregnancy positioning. Women should only lie on their left side.
Can I lay on my stomach for massage while pregnant?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
What side should a pregnant woman lay on during a massage?
To ensure the safety and comfort of both mother and baby you will start lying on your left hand side with your head on a firm pillow. This will keep your head and neck in alignment.
What pressure points should be avoided during pregnancy?
Answer: Every woman is different, and so is how their body reacts to massage during pregnancy. If your body is particularly sensitive and can be easily stimulated, you should avoid massaging pressure points like 3 fingers above your ankles and the area between your thumb and forefinger.
Why can’t you get a massage in first trimester?
Many massage therapists won’t give pregnancy massages during the first trimester. The reason is the potential for miscarriage. Some pregnancy massage experts argue that pregnancy massage doesn’t, in itself, cause miscarriage, but no research has been done to show a link between a massage and a miscarriage.
When should you stop working when pregnant?
Most women can physically handle their usual workload up until about 32 to 34 weeks of pregnancy. Around this same time, many women are also shifting their mental focus from their job towards being a new mother, and that can affect the decision on when to stop working.