Although there has only been but a small amount of studies focusing on massage during pregnancy, there exists still some very useful tips from which expecting mothers can benefit. And, in just a moment, I will outline WebMD’s list of massage techniques and its advantages.


According to WebMD, some safe techniques for pregnancy massage include:


  • deep-tissue massage, with firm strokes pressing deep into muscles

  • Swedish massage, with long strokes to muscles and attention to joint mobility

  • Shiatsu, with pressure and tapping on acupressure points to stimulate the body’s natural energy


According to WebMD, the University of Miami’s School of Medicine suggests that massage therapy might have a multitude of positive effects including:


  • lowered anxiety

  • decreased back and leg pain

  • improved sleep

  • decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine


In another study of pregnancy massage in depressed women, researchers found:


  • increased levels of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine

  • decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress

  • an overall improvement in mood


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