by Selena Belisle, Founder/Instructor, CE Institute LLC
Prenatal massage therapists should always screen their pregnant clients over the phone prior to their appointment. Sometimes a pregnant women could be contraindicated for massage, and would need to either be rescheduled for a different form of bodywork or cancelled altogether. It would be extremely inconvenient for any client to show for an appointment, only to learn that they are not eligible to receive it which is why prenatal clients must be screened prior to the actual visit.
In addition to a thorough screening and health intake process, practitioners should also discuss what areas will be worked, such as a back massage or full body, etc. Determining this prior to allowing the client to get onto the table will determine what type of positioning or bolstering the client will receive.
Pregnant women who are a little past their first trimester should not lie flat in prone or supine position on a massage table. Special prenatal positioning and bolstering is usually provided for mid-second to third trimesters pregnancies.
Prenatal massage can be provided in semi recumbent or side lying positions. Prone position can also be achieved with professional prenatal massage cushions for the latter stages of pregnancy.
Side lying position can be accommodated fairly economically with three pillows as explained in this instructor demonstration video:
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