Prenatal 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 sciatic nerve pain, 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.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety and swelling of the joints, decrease symptoms of depression, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Additional studies have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care.