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Q: What benefits does massage offer women
A: Massage therapy is a wonderful complementary
choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and
promote general well-being. Massage relieves many of the normal
discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff
neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition,
massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, increases blood
and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension, which aids
in better sleep, and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused
by hormonal changes.
At Massage Envy, our therapists will place all prenatal clients
in side-lying positioning. This positioning alleviates the extra
strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of
massage techniques are applied. Extra strain in these areas can
cause unnecessary back pain and discomfort. During the first
trimester, it is also acceptable for clients to lie on their backs
with a slight elevation under one hip
-C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of
Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy
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