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Finding Comfort: Safe Massage Positions for Pregnancy

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Curious about how to safely enjoy a massage during pregnancy? When seeking care from a practice or spa that offers prenatal massage, ensure they clearly understand the importance of comfort and safety for expecting moms. They should offer tailored services to cater to your unique needs, including how you're positioned on the massage table.

One common question many expecting mothers have is, "What position is safe for massage while pregnant?" It's a valid concern, as traditional massage positions are not suitable during pregnancy. That's where side lying positioning comes in. Side lying is the safest and most ideal position for pregnancy for several reasons:

  • It doesn't create any intrauterine pressure (sandwiching your baby between a pillow on the bottom and your therapist's pressure on top).
  • It won’t strain your uterine ligaments or create compressed vertebrae or excessive curvature in the low back the way a face-down system does.
  • It facilitates easy breathing and communication—essential for those with asthma, allergies, or anxiety.
  • It won’t put pressure on enlarged breasts.

You can create a supportive setup for prenatal massage using pillows, ensuring there's support under the torso and lower belly, and enough pillows to create horizontal alignment between the hip, knee, and ankle.

However, the gold standard for side lying positioning is the Oakworks Side Lying Positioning System, a professional-grade bolstering system specifically designed to create a comfortable and sturdy side lying massage experience. Finding a practice that uses this system is a green flag that you’re going to receive a thoughtful massage catered to your pregnant body.

Designed specifically for pregnancy, our Oakworks bolstering system provides the ultimate comfort and support, ensuring that you can relax and enjoy your massage without any worries. Here's how it works:

  1. **Side-Lying Position** Our expert therapists will position you comfortably on your side using our specially designed cushions and supports. This position is safe and comfortable throughout all stages of pregnancy, allowing you to fully unwind and enjoy the benefits of your massage.
  2. **Uterine and Breast Support** The Oakworks bolstering system provides unparalleled support for your uterus and growing breasts, keeping you perfectly aligned and ensuring maximum comfort during your massage session.
  3. **No More Awkward Positions** Say goodbye to awkward positions and discomfort! With our Oakworks bolstering system, you can relax with confidence, knowing that every moment of your massage will be pure bliss.

Whether you're seeking relief from pregnancy-related aches and pains, looking to reduce stress and anxiety, or simply craving a moment of relaxation, high-quality prenatal massage is a time-tested way to support yourself. Finding an expert therapist trained to cater to your unique needs, providing personalized care and attention every step of the way is essential. We recommend searching Body Therapy Education’s website for a list of trained prenatal massage experts in your area. Body Therapy Education is founded by Carole Osborne, the leading expert in prenatal massage therapy over the last 40 years.

Experience the difference of receiving care from a trained and passionate prenatal therapist. Bonus points if they offer the Oakworks bolstering system, and discover what true comfort feels like during pregnancy.

Sparrow Harrington is an authorized instructor of Carole Osborne’s workshops, including the renowned 32 Hour Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy Workshop. Sparrow is also the owner of Sparrow’s Nest Wellness Center for Moms, which has been dedicated to rejuvenating bodywork and skincare from pre-conception through postpartum since 2011. We hope this information helps you find a wonderful therapist, and if you’re in Los Angeles or surrounding areas, we invite you to visit Sparrow’s Nest. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we can't wait to help you feel like you're floating, even with a full-term baby bump. Your journey to relaxation starts here!


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