Massage during pregnancy has gained a lot in popularity within recent years. Originally, it tended to be limited to groups of women who favoured alternative therapies. But now it is seen as a valid and useful means of reducing general pregnancy discomfort. Recently research and evidence have shown a scientific basis for its benefits, though pregnant women seemed to have known this for a very long time.
A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour. Some practitioners use a pregnancy massage table. That's a table designed to accommodate a woman's pregnant belly. Others use specially designed pillows called bolsters to position a woman comfortably on her side. This helps especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable position.
Explore the benefits of prenatal and postpartum massage for both you and your baby. Nurturing yourself enhances your sense of well-being and in turn nurtures your baby. An added benefit of healthy and healing touch that you receive during a massage session can help you connect with your mothering instincts, especially for first time Moms.
About video: Learn supportive positioning for sidelying massage during pregnancy. Learn more of these types of techniques in Leslie Stager's MotherTouch classes or on her videos: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mothertouchttfb