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You're pregnant. You want a massage.
You've got questions. And options. 

A few decades ago, massage schools taught therapists that massage was a "big no-no" for pregnancy. For no real reason. A new generation of massage therapists knew this was just hogwash and knew that not only could touch be safe, but for many women, it was desperately needed. 

Unfortunately, like so many things in pregnancy, massage has remained couched in confusion, mystery and fear. 

This site is dedicated to dispelling the myths that linger and helping women feel confident about getting really good prenatal massage throughout their pregnancies.

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You're pregnant. You want a massage.
You've got questions. And options. 

A few decades ago, massage schools taught therapists that massage was a "big no-no" for pregnancy. For no real reason. A new generation of massage therapists knew this was just hogwash and knew that not only could touch be safe, but for many women, it was desperately needed. 

Unfortunately, like so many things in pregnancy, massage has remained couched in confusion, mystery and fear. 

Our work is dedicated to dispelling the myths that linger and helping women feel confident about getting really good prenatal massage throughout their pregnancies.

THE GREATEST WEALTH,
IS HEALTH.

Our focus is on science-based prenatal massage -- fancy talk to say that we’re obsessed with your comfort and safety. When we're not in session, we're delving into the research literature and busy slaying prenatal massage myths. No deep tissue massage for pregnancy? Blasphemous!  Foot massage induces labor? We’re calling B.S.!

Overview of the research on prenatal massage -- pain, anxiety, birth.

Will massage put me into labor? What about a foot massage? Pedicure?

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Is deep tissue massage safe in pregnancy? We say, "You bet! But..."

Special massage tables for pregnancy?

We work with most pregnant women in a side-lying position. And we strive to ensure each woman is relaxed and comfortable, supported by our endless supply of pillows. We position you on the massage table using pillows and special contoured body cushions to support you and your changing shape and size. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, we will adapt your positioning on the table aiming to take the pressure off your low back and hips. We will only work belly/face down on the table during the first trimester, and after that we will use combinations of reclined, face-up positions and side-lying positions. We will discuss these, and find ways to optimize your comfort and use positions that promote the best oxygen/blood circulation for both you and your baby. The further along you are in your pregnancy, the side-lying position is the safest. Most women love these cushions and want to take them home with them!

 

In our practice, we do not use any special tables with “belly cut outs” to help you lie face down; while some women feel relief from these, we are not so sure how ideal they are for receiving massage. It seems lying face down, no matter how well supported your belly is, creates too much strain on your low back and could increase intrauterine pressure, particularly once we begin applying pressure to your low back and hips during the massage. For many women, these special pregnancy tables up recreating some of the postural distortions that they are seeking relief from through massage.

 

Can you go facedown while pregnant? Yes, it can be safe for some women and some pregnancies. Make sure you have a thorough discussion with your massage therapist to rule out any safety modifications. In fact, if the massage therapist does not have time to talk to you about your pregnancy in depth, then it's not a good idea to go face down with them. 

Can I get a massage in first trimester?

Absolutely! Massage can be safe in first trimester. Massage by a properly trained therapist can be extremely supportive to you and your developing baby throughout your entire pregnancy. There are lots of rumors out there that massage is to be avoided during the first trimester. And the policies of some therapists and day spas actually restrict massage to second and third trimester simply because of the high miscarriage risks (not massage-related) of first trimester. This, however, is a restriction based on potential liability issues in an extremely litigious society, not on the safety of massage. Massage by a properly trained therapist can be extremely supportive to you and your developing baby throughout your entire pregnancy. For a woman who is at particular high risk for miscarrying and/or has experienced previous miscarriages, she may want to be careful about adding lots of new activities including massage. Many women don't actually feel up to getting a massage in the first trimester. Others may want to add the relaxation and stress relieving benefits of massage to their routines. If you are considering massage during first trimester and are concerned about its safety during your specific situation, feel free to give us a call to learn more about exactly what might be involved and then have a conversation with your doctor or midwife. You want to be comfortable with your decision.

Can I get a massage in first trimester?

Absolutely! Massage can be safe in first trimester. Massage by a properly trained therapist can be extremely supportive to you and your developing baby throughout your entire pregnancy. There are lots of rumors out there that massage is to be avoided during the first trimester. And the policies of some therapists and day spas actually restrict massage to second and third trimester simply because of the high miscarriage risks (not massage-related) of first trimester. This, however, is a restriction based on potential liability issues in an extremely litigious society, not on the safety of massage. Massage by a properly trained therapist can be extremely supportive to you and your developing baby throughout your entire pregnancy. For a woman who is at particular high risk for miscarrying and/or has experienced previous miscarriages, she may want to be careful about adding lots of new activities including massage. Many women don't actually feel up to getting a massage in the first trimester. Others may want to add the relaxation and stress relieving benefits of massage to their routines. If you are considering massage during first trimester and are concerned about its safety during your specific situation, feel free to give us a call to learn more about exactly what might be involved and then have a conversation with your doctor or midwife. You want to be comfortable with your decision.

Is there any time in pregnancy that you can't get a massage?

In order to make sure we are accommodating you properly, we will take your medical history and ask for regular updates on your pregnancy and any new discomforts. And we modify the massage from there for each situation. If you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy and are concerned, please call us to discuss how we would modify our massage for you and then consult with your care provider. We do make housecalls and hospital visits for our mamas on bedrest!

 

If you have an active infection, you will want to reschedule your massage — cold/flu, skin infection, UTI.

If you have concerns, first, call your care provider and then feel free to call our office to talk through any specific concerns you might have. 

Is there any time in pregnancy that you can't get a massage?

In order to make sure we are accommodating you properly, we will take your medical history and ask for regular updates on your pregnancy and any new discomforts. And we modify the massage from there for each situation. If you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy and are concerned, please call us to discuss how we would modify our massage for you and then consult with your care provider. We do make housecalls and hospital visits for our mamas on bedrest!

 

If you have an active infection, you will want to reschedule your massage — cold/flu, skin infection, UTI.

If you have concerns, first, call your care provider and then feel free to call our office to talk through any specific concerns you might have. 

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