Video:Pregnancy Massagewith Cathy Wong
Pregnancy massage may reduce stress, decrease swelling in arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. This video explains pregnancy massage and how it differs from regular massage, so you can see what it is like.See Transcript
Transcript:Pregnancy MassageHi, I'm Cathy Wong, your guide to Alternative Medicine at About.com.
Pregnancy MassagePregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with mothers-to-be. You might have heard of it before, but may not know what it involves or who to go to.
So if you're a mother-to-be or know one, certified pregnancy massage therapist Sue Hare is going to show us what pregnancy massage is really like.
How Does Pregnancy Massage Differ From Regular Massage?The mother-to-be's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby. Also, some massage techniques cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
Benefits of Pregnancy MassagePregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.
It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression.
Finding a ProfessionalLook for a massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage.
That means that the therapist has had specialized training in pregnancy massage, and knows what is safe for the mother and baby.
Before You Get a Pregnancy MassageMany massage therapists do not recommend massage in the first trimester. Also, women with certain health conditions may not be able to have pregnancy massage.
It's best to consult your doctor and a certified pregnancy massage therapist.
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