Discover the best positions for a safe and comfortable prenatal massage. Learn about side lying position and other options for a relaxing massage while pregnant.
As a massage therapist, it's important to understand the unique needs of pregnant women when it comes to positioning during a massage. As the body changes and the belly grows, it can become difficult for expecting mothers to lie flat on their backs or stomachs. That's where the side lying position comes in.
Side-lying position allows the woman to comfortably rest on her side while still receiving the benefits of a massage. To achieve this position, the massage therapist can use pillows or bolsters to support the woman's head, knees and back. This helps to reduce pressure on the abdomen and can make it easier for the woman to breathe comfortably.
In addition to side lying position, other positions can be used to provide relief during a prenatal massage. For example, sitting in a chair or using a specially designed pregnancy pillow can also be effective. The important thing is to ensure that the woman is comfortable and safe throughout the massage. Here at Mornington Peninsula Myotherapy and Massage, we have a specific pregnancy pillow that supports your hips, pelvis and growing belly whilst being able to lay on your stomach. Our clients have felt this to be super comfortable and supportive throughout their treatments.
It's also important to avoid certain positions during a prenatal massage, such as lying flat on the back. This can put pressure on the vena cava, a large vein that carries blood to the heart, and can lead to dizziness, nausea or other uncomfortable symptoms.
In conclusion, positioning during a prenatal massage is an important consideration for massage therapists. By using side lying position and other supportive techniques, massage therapists can help expecting mothers to feel more comfortable and relaxed during their massage experience.