How to Massage a Pregnant Woman
Massage a pregnant woman with tips from massage instructor Gretchen Rivas, with Relax to the Max Massage Therapy.
When you are working with a pregnant woman, you do not want to lay her flat on her back. After the 22nd week of pregnancy, and from the 13th to the 22nd week, you do want to put some type of a little wedge under the right side.
If she is on her back, make sure that the fetus rolls off of the vena cava, which is a major vein return, to the heart.
When you are working with a pregnant woman, if she's in this reclined position, you want to have lots of cushioning, so she's comfortable, and you want it so her head is looking forward this way, and not that she's so far back, that her head is staring up at the ceiling.
When you're massaging the torso, you can work the chest area here, and work the neck. This kind of relieves a lot of tension through here.
They're usually very tight when they're pregnant, so do a little neck work, and some shoulder work.
Don't do any real specific pointed pressure right here. This is a acupressure point, that you don't want to activate, when they're pregnant.
Then, you would come down and work the arm area. Work the arm through here. You can do a little stretching, like this, through here, and this helps open up this, because the chest gets really tight, when somebody is pregnant, and work that whole arm. Massage it. Put some lotion on it, massage that.
Then, also when you're doing the leg, you want to do their drape, so that it's, they feel secure there, and then turn the leg, so that you can get to the thigh, underneath here. Do it like this. Then, massage this whole leg.
No deep pointed pressure, in the anterior thigh in here, because the risk of blood clots is very high, when they're pregnant, and if there's any redness, shininess, or acheyness, in the back of the leg, that could be a sign of a clot, so don't massage them. Make sure they go see their doctor right away,
Then after you are done with the legs, and arms, and chest, and neck, and head, you want to turn them on their side, and give them some back work and back massage, and that's how you give a pregnant massage.
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Gretchen Rivas has been a massage therapist for seven years in Wilmington N.C. She attended The Coastal Carolina Institute of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2001. Rivas is currently a part-time instructor in the massage department at Miller Motte College and owns and operates her own business, Relax to the Max Massage Therapy. She has taken hundreds of continuing education credit hours, some of which include, craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy, myofascial release, Reiki, ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, and qigong. Rivas is certified in ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, is a certified qigong instructor through the Supreme Science Qigong Foundation and is a Reiki master/instructor.