Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Massage Therapy During Pregnancy
Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, including the skin
and muscles. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but
they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. Some people believe that
massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of
When you are pregnant, you can use massage therapy for relaxation and
to help relieve muscle tension and pain. But for massage to be safe during pregnancy, make sure that you:
Be sure that your massage therapist is specially trained in pregnancy
massage and is certified by your state or a national body, such as the American
Massage Therapy Association. This ensures that your massage therapist has a
certain level of training and uses certain practice guidelines.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.