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pyronymph wrote:Not sure what you're doing, buy my pg massage isn't just swedish with more tools... I do A LOT of stretching with my preggo clients.
pear2apple wrote:I have no idea what a Body Cushion is....you mean a long body pillow? That is comfortable.
pear2apple wrote:I've talked to a Reflexologist and also Pregnancy MTs and they've both told me the foot points for uterus doesn't actually cause you to go into labor if your body wasn't already going to do it then or soon after. Its not like you push a button and out pops a baby. Of course, they also said for peace of mind to the mother, not to work extra on that area (unless asked) or avoid all together if the mother asks.
Taoist wrote:Apparently these "danger zones" included not only acu-points in the feet and ankles, but all up the legs and back, and included most of the upper shoulders. What is there left to massage? Another problem that happened to another student who was doing a prenatal massage: about halfway through the session, her client tells her to stop and ended the massage because she wanted more pressure on her legs but the student had been told not to do any more than feather-light pressure on the legs. The client was just too frustrated to continue and had even started getting a little emotional.
Hmmm.. I'm not sure what to make about it all.
JaeMarie wrote:In my prenatal class, the instructor made it simple. She pointed out that if it were so easy to send a woman into labor by pushing a couple points, that labor would never have to be induced in hospitals - a nurse or doc could just hit a couple "buttons" and the ball would be rolling.
If you're wondering if the class will be a good investment or not, consider this. Will you be working on females? Will they be of childbearing ages? If you answer yes to either one of those, chances are, sooner or later you'll run into a pregnant client. Would you rather refer them, or roll right into a new phase of their life right with them?
Pregnancy isn't a pathology, and pregnancy massage isn't rocket science. It's mostly being aware of the changes going on within the woman's body, and learning how to make adjustments to accommodate those changes for their comfort and well being.
MassageIsMedicine wrote:My 2 cents...
From the point of view of a L.M.T. who is 5 months preggors and receiving weekly 90 minute massages.
I have had absolutely no problems receiving massage during my entire pregnancy. I talked with my OB and she had no problems with me getting massage during all 3 trimesters. I lay on both sides with no pain and receive massage on all parts of the body that a regular swedish massage entails. Pillows are used for my head, one to hug and one between my kness and ankles when on my side and it is the most comfortable position in the world. It's exactly how I sleep as well. I wish the taboo of massaging preg. women during 1st trimester would disappear for good. It was so beneficial to me in dealing with the fatigue and back pain. I was working full time, 21 clients per week, now down to 16 clients a week and without my weekly massages I'm not sure how I have make it! Also, now that I know what it feels like to receive while preg. I give much better prenatal massages. My advice is every pregnant woman should get regular prenatel massages!
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