Your question: What do I wear to a prenatal massage?

Do you undress for prenatal massage?

You will be given privacy to undress and asked to lay on the massage table. When the therapist returns, bolsters and pillows will be used to comfortably support you in a side lying position.

How do you lay for a prenatal massage?

During a prenatal massage, you will usually positioned be lying on your side rather than on your stomach or back. This is particularly important during the later stages of pregnancy. Pillows, bolsters, or padding may be used to support your back, knees, and/or feet.

What areas should be avoided during pregnancy massage?

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 lay on your side for prenatal massage?

Most prenatal massage is done in the side-lying position, since pregnant women should limit the time they spend on their back, and face-down massage gets difficult as the pregnancy rounds out.

Do you wear a bra during a 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.

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What makes a prenatal massage different?

A prenatal massage differs from a regular massage in the sense that different techniques are used. These techniques are specific to the many anatomical changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy and will in no way cause harm to the mother or the baby.

When should you get a prenatal massage?

Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

How often should you get a prenatal massage?

For prenatal massage, it is recommended that your appointments coincide with your doctor visits. This means once a month until 27 weeks, and twice a month until 36 weeks. After that, it is recommended that you transition to weekly appointments until you give birth.

Is massage bad for pregnancy?

The answer is: Generally, yes. Massage therapy during pregnancy has been shown to provide many benefits, including a sense of wellness, improved relaxation, and better sleep. But certain techniques and trigger points in the body can cause contractions and premature labor, so seeking expertise is vital.

Can you get a Swedish massage while pregnant?

Swedish massage is a recommended prenatal massage method because it is effective at relieving many discomforts related to the changes in hormone levels, spinal and joint alignment, and circulation that are often experienced by pregnant women.