As more and more expectant mothers turn to massage as a way to ease the aches and pains of impending motherhood, pregnancy massage (also known as 출장마사지 prenatal massage) is becoming an increasingly popular specialization among therapists. It can also serve as a great way to increase income, since many women are willing to pay more for the specialization that comes with this type of massage.
In order to operate as a responsible and lawsuit-free therapist, it is highly recommended to get the appropriate training before attempting prenatal massage as a specialization. Although there is no official “prenatal massage therapist” title, many practitioners take specific courses or continuing education credits in order to learn all there is to know about the practice.
Pregnancy Massage Equipment
Although some types of prenatal massage can be performed by having the expectant mother lie on her side (rather than in the traditional face-down position) during the procedure, many practitioners turn to specialized equipment.
Pregnancy massage tables have an indented or cut-out section where the mother’s belly and breasts can rest comfortably, although some practitioners find that the lack of support causes additional muscle strain on the belly. Extra-padded table tops are also fairly common, and practitioners can also consider special pillows that allow mothers to rest on their backs (in a semi-sitting position) during the session.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Prenatal massage is known to do a number of things in easing the discomfort of pregnancy. It can relieve stress, decrease some of the swelling and water retention that accompanies pregnancy, reduce pain in muscles and joints, and increase circulation. Many women find that turning to massage is a preferable alternative to taking medication, which is carried over to the fetus and may have harmful side effects.
Some studies also indicate that regular massage during pregnancy can help reduce the onset of post-partum depression after the baby is born. Though not all medical professionals are on board with this theory, the idea is that prenatal massage reduces stress hormones, thereby increasing the likelihood of a safe pregnancy, an easy deliver, and a quick recovery. When combined, these are expected to contribute to a lower onset of depression for the new mother during the first year of the baby’s life.