This technique is unique to the needs of the mother to be. Depending on the trimester, a combination of Swedish massage, acupressure, and mild stretching are used. Common discomforts such as backaches, leg cramps, muscle spams, joint pain, headaches, and shortness of breath can be relieved. Regular massage throughout pregnancy can help reduce nervous tension, improve sleep, and promote circulation. Massage also can help the pelvis become more supple in preparation for labor. Special care is taken to find a position that is most comfortable, whether it is a side lying position or a position with the support of specifically placed cushions.