Lori Hendrickson, LMBT
Everyone deserves to feel better

Nurturing the Mother

What is Pregnancy Massage?

Nurturing the Mother pregnancy massage utilizes a comfortable, secure side-laying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping top hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation. Nurturing the Mother uses a combination of the following methods:

  • Calming Swedish massage strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation
  • Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back and hips, and to promote greater strength flexibility band balance
  • Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hip pain
  • Abdominal massage for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increased circulation to the placenta and baby. Increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from the massage.
  • Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy induced edema
  • Cranial-sacral and polarity therapy for physical/psychological/emotional/spiritual centering
  • Acupressure and reflexology techniques shown to be effective in treating many common pregnancy related complaints


  • Helps control blood pressure
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Directly affects the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and its consequences for mother and baby
  • Alleviates anxiety and depression
  • Strengthens muscles in preparation for labor and delivery
  • Allows for deeper breathing and a better night's sleep
  • Helps keep skin supple to help prevent stretch marks
  • Maintains body posture and balance
  • Enhances self image
  • Shortens hospital stay
  • Reduces postpartum depression

source: the Touch Research Institute of Miami


  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Lower back and abdominal/pelvic pain
  • Swelling and edema
  • Leg pain and cramps
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion

Nurturing the Mother pregnancy massage therapists are trained in precautions/contraindications, and will refer to the mother’s healthcare provider when necessary.


  • Helps relieve nausea
  • Increases circulation
  • Increases flow of nutrients to placenta
  • Aids in postural realignment
  • Gives relief to joint discomfort
  • Relieves minor edema by aiding venous return
  • Opens chest for deeper breath and supports learning deep breathing
  • Fetus receives gentle massage and relaxation benefits
  • Teaches awareness of body tension patterns



May be performed by a massage therapist, a birth partner or doula. Techniques will include:

  • Relaxation strokes
  • Jaw release techniques
  • Lower back pain compression
  • And movements with massage, such as squatting and pressure points
  • Massage has been shown to reduce labor time, labor pain, and even technical intervention


  • Massage in the postpartum period helps bring the body into it’s pre-pregnancy alignment. A massage within the first week of postpartum feels wonderful. It flushes lactic acid out of the tissues relieving sore and achy muscles.
  • It supports and enhances the realigning process, with a focus on the pelvis and ribs
  • Assists breast feeding, alleviating tightness, helps with some breastfeeding difficulties
  • Aids in the process of the uterus returning to its normal size
  • Release shoulder, neck, and arm tension from the care and feeding of and infant
  • Helps relieve tension from the birth process
  • Helps the mother regain vital energy (chi) to help reduce fatigue
  • Supports fluid balancing
  • Encourages pelvic and abdominal organs to return to the pre-pregnant positions


  • Aids in the bonding process between parent and child
  • Increases communication skills through touch
  • Alleviates digestive discomfort (colic)
  • Supports the growth of nerve pathways
  • Enhances sleep