Pregnancy and Massage


Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Chapter 11 discussed the implications of pregnancy and massage. One important considerations for the massage therapist is the position of the client. During the first trimester, the client’s position is not a concern unless she is uncomfortable. During the second and third trimesters, expectant mothers receiving massage should be in a modified supine (semi-reclining) or side-lying position with the appropriate supportive devices. Having seem my own wife during her pregnancies, the pictures depicted reminded me of the way she had to lie during her second and especially third trimesters. In addition to positioning considerations, only gentle pressure should be used in the medial thigh region, since pregnant women are at a higher risk for blood clots.

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