Prenatal Massage and Postnatal Massage

2 P’s of Massage: Prenatal and Postnatal

One of the biggest things that mothers-to-be and new mothers tend to experience is feeling uncomfortable due to carrying a baby or having recently given birth to a child. Something lots of mothers tend to enjoy is massages and feeling relaxed. Trust us, being pregnant can cause all sorts of weird pains in places you never even thought. 


Here at Wholistic Massage Centre, our therapists take pride in giving mothers the care and attention they need. Our therapists are trained to do prenatal(pregnancy) and postnatal massages, which will be discussed more in-depth. We will briefly look at the benefits of these massages as well. 


Prenatal Massage

Usually, the goal of getting a prenatal massage is typically the same as a regular massage. The biggest proponent of this being to help you relax. One benefit of receiving massage treatment is we help you lower your stress levels. Increased stress can put a pregnant woman at risk for other factors. These may include preeclampsia and higher blood pressure which can negatively affect the body. It can also lead to negative side effects for your soon-to-be-born baby. A positive benefit to this is that it can reduce pain and swelling in your body!


During your prenatal massage, your therapist will have you lay on your side rather than your back or stomach. Doing this will relieve pressure on your stomach, and it will not restrict your blood flow. They will typically provide pillows or other supports to help you feel more comfortable during your treatment so that you will not feel the temptation to roll onto your stomach or back.


Prenatal Massage is also commonly called a pregnancy massage. The two terms are interchangeable when it comes to massages. Commonly we use long, gliding strokes (similar to Swedish Massage) during a prenatal massage because it is lighter and more gentle.


Postnatal Massage

Postnatal or Postpartum Massage is a very popular treatment for mothers who have recently given birth. Massages have been demonstrated to reduce the stress levels, which in turn, tends to speed up the healing process (which tends to be different depending on how the birth proceeded and the mother herself).


The first thing to do is to consult your medical practitioner to see when you should start receiving massage therapy after you have given birth. We suggest this because some women may have a longer healing time versus others. 


Typically during the first few sessions of postnatal massage, you will lay down on your side. Subsequently following, you can start going back to treatments laying on your stomach and back if you choose to. 



There are so many benefits to receiving massages during your prenatal and postnatal phases of pregnancy. Some of the benefits can include:

  • Reduction of Stress
  • Can improve healing
  • Ease pain and discomfort
  • Postnatal Massage can improve breastfeeding
  • Can help improve sleep
  • Reduce swelling


When you are pregnant or recovering after pregnancy, you deserve to feel at ease and relaxed. Our expertly trained massage therapists will help you gain the most from your treatments.


Let us help you relax and recover. Book your massage in South Edmonton with us online or by giving us a call at 1-780-463-6390