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Massage while you are pregnant is also called antenatal massage. Massage in the few months after delivery is called postnatal massage. A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour.
Using pillows called bolsters to position a woman comfortably on her side. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable position. Pregnancy massage can include anything from a full body Swedish massage to light massage work that might include other modalities such as circulatory work, like reflexology.
- Lowered anxiety
- Decreased back and leg pain
- Improved sleep
- Decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine
- Increased levels of the “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine
- Decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress