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Elevating the Prenatal experience with Pregnancy Massage

By Rakhee Dodhia
from Sacred Space Healing

Pregnancy can be an exciting yet demanding journey, impacting both the body and mind. As expectant mothers navigate this transformative period, the ancient practice of massage therapy emerges as a cherished ally, offering solace and support for physical and mental well-being… there is something so deeply comforting and relaxing in receiving a pregnancy massage. It offers support not only for the expectant mother, but also for her developing baby.

Pregnancy massage, a specialised form of massage therapy, differing from regular massage, caters specifically to the unique needs of expectant mothers. As a rule, most therapists will recommend that you wait to have a pregnancy massage until the second trimester as there is some concern that increased blood flow, stimulated by massage may be harmful in the first trimester.

During the second and third trimester, as the body undergoes significant changes, prenatal massage becomes an increasingly popular remedy for managing tension, stress, and the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.

A trained pregnancy massage therapist will employ gentle, targeted movements designed to address common issues experienced by pregnant women. Adopting a side-lying position, propped up on pillows will also avoid pressure on the inferior vena cava, which brings blood flow to your heart.

If you are experiencing muscle, joint or nerve pain or have headaches, heartburn or digestive issues, a pregnancy massage can alleviate these symptoms.  It can also help with emotional regulation and help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Benefits of pregnancy massage:-

Alleviates muscular tension and discomfort – During pregnancy, the body undergoes various changes, often leading to muscular tension and discomfort. Pregnancy massage employs gentle techniques, including targeted strokes and manipulations, to release tension in areas such as the lower back, shoulders, and hips, providing much-needed relief.  Once of the most common complaints in pregnancy is lower back pain which can lead to sciatic nerve pain in that later stages of pregnancy as the uterus grow and can place pressure on the nearby nerves.

Improves circulation – Enhanced blood circulation is vital during pregnancy for the well-being of both the mother and the baby. Pregnancy massage promotes blood flow, reducing swelling in the extremities and ensuring a healthier supply of nutrients to the baby.

Eases oedema and swelling – Oedema is a very common concern during pregnancy and typically leads to swelling in the legs and ankles. Gentle massage strokes encompassing lymphatic techniques and directed towards the heart assist in reducing fluid retention, alleviating swelling in the lower limbs.

Reduces stress and anxiety – Pregnancy often brings heightened stress and anxiety. Massage, renowned for its relaxation-inducing properties, proves beneficial in reducing stress hormones. The release of endorphins, coupled with a calming environment, contributes to an overall sense of well-being.

Enhances sleep quality and duration – Quality sleep becomes elusive for many expectant mothers, especially during the third trimester.  Pregnancy massage aids in promoting better sleep by addressing physical discomforts and inducing a state of relaxation conducive to restful slumber.

Improves hormonal balance – Pregnancy induces significant hormonal changes, impacting cortisol and norepinephrine levels. Regular massages during pregnancy stabilises hormonal levels, particularly those associated with increased stress.

Enhances boding with the unborn child – Beyond its physical benefits, pregnancy massage fosters a unique connection between the mother and her unborn child. Gentle, intentional touch can enhance the mother’s awareness of her body and create a serene environment for the baby.


Pregnancy massage seamlessly integrates into the broader spectrum of wellness, providing a nurturing space for expectant mothers. It addresses the physical challenges and emotional nuances of pregnancy, offering a natural and effective means to enhance the overall prenatal experience.

In conclusion, as the journey through pregnancy unfolds, embracing the restorative power of pregnancy massage becomes not just a luxury but an essential aspect of self-care. This holistic approach ensures that expectant mothers can relish the joys of pregnancy while effectively managing the physical and emotional demands that come with it.

More about the author

Rakhee Dodhia
Rakhee Dodhia
– Sacred Space Healing

Rakhee is a Remedial Massage Therapist, with a practice in Bilgola, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Of Indian origin, Rakhee, grew up surrounded by the ancient healing world of Ayurveda and has developed a keen interest and practice of the same.