Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and new-born health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques. Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body.

Benefits of prenatal massage:

1- Reduced back pain
2- Reduced joint pain
3- Improved circulation
4- improve Lymphatic drainage
5- Reduced edema
6- Help to avoid varicose vein
7- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
8- Reduced stress and anxiety
9- Help the respiratory system and aid breathing
10- Encourage the release of oxytocin
11- Better sleep

contraindications for prenatal massage:

As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider.
Women who have recently experienced bleeding, pre-term contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

1- High risk pregnancy
2- Abdominal pain
3- Severe Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
4- Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
5- Preeclampsia
6- Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes
7- Pre-eclampsia, Eclampsia and HELLP
8- Obstetric Cholestasis ( liver disorder)
9- Previous pre-term labour
10- Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, severe headaches
11- Recently gave birth
12- Miscarriage