The 411 on Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage Training
A massage therapist trained in prenatal techniques can be a pregnant woman's new best friend.

Pregnancy is one of life's most amazing experiences for mothers-to-be, but it's not without its share of physical and emotional stresses. As a complement to prenatal care, pregnancy massage offers many excellent benefits aimed at alleviating pregnancy-related discomforts and helping women enjoy better overall wellness during this exciting, yet often overwhelming, time in life.

You are wondering whether studying pregnancy massage is right for you and your career goals? Let's take a closer look at the technique, along with how massage therapists can help clients by learning this technique and incorporating it into practice alongside other modalities.

What is Pregnancy Massage?

From nervous tension to aches and pains, a number of ailments are common during pregnancy. One popular method for managing these maladies? Pregnancy massage.

Go-to pregnancy resource "What to Expect" defines prenatal massage as "a technique involving deep bodywork designed to improve your circulation, take some of the strain off your muscles and joints, and generally re-energize you." For women with healthy, low-risk pregnancies, massage can offer welcome relief throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. (Women in high-risk pregnancies, however, should check in with their healthcare team before scheduling a pregnancy massage.)

What, correctly, can massage do for expectant women? It can be used to do everything from reducing existing headaches and the chance of headaches by easing trigger points; promote blood flow and alleviate muscle tension; and address backaches, leg cramps, swelling, and fatigue. Massage also stimulates the production of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. This isn't just a mood booster, but can also support better sleep -- a priceless commodity for most pregnant women.

But moms-to-be aren't the only ones who benefit from pregnancy massage. By promoting the flow of both nutrient-rich oxygen and lymphatic fluid, this technique also supports the healthy growth of unborn babies, too.

Why Pregnancy Massage Training Matters?

While many different massage modalities are used during pregnancy massage -- including everything from circulatory work to full body Swedish massage -- safety is paramount. Coursework in pregnancy massage can help you learn massage techniques which factor in both biological and anatomical changes and are therefore safe for both mother and child. Understanding body mechanics, in particular, is an important part of prenatal massage sessions. Proper training teaches correct adaptations for side-lying positions.

Not only that, but as pregnancy continues, the body continues to undergo additional changes. The right knowledge and education can ensure that clients will remain safe and comfortable throughout the entire pregnancy journey. Because of the other challenges associated with pregnancy massage, massage therapy schools like SOCHi offer specialized coursework in this area.

Pregnancy massage-specific training is also an advantage from a business perspective. Why? Because even in cases where training is not legally required, it is highly recommended and preferred by most pregnant women. Having the right training can be an invaluable marketing tool in attracting new clients to your practice.

Learning pregnancy massage opens up many opportunities to massage therapists -- both in terms of building their own practices and in the professional fulfillment that comes with helping women enjoy healthier, happier pregnancies. Interested in learning more about pregnancy massage and other massage techniques? Request information about SOCHi's massage therapy program today.