Is seeing a specialist
Many therapists provide wonderful
prenatal massage without needing to specialize. However, those who specialize carry the advantages of more experience,
better equipment, and advanced training. Clients have shared the following concerns -- among others -- when dissatisfied
with prenatal massage received elsewhere:
therapist lacked confidence and didn't know how to (apply pressure, massage my hamstrings, etc.) with me lying on my side."
(b) "I couldn't get comfortable with the plain
bed pillows provided."
(c) "S/he was
overly cautious and wouldn't (provide deep pressure, massage my feet, etc.)...so I didn't get the massage that I wanted."
With a background that includes 80 hours of prenatal education
and several thousand appointments, I have extensive experience working in the side-lying
position. Special bolsters and an adjustable incline table ensure superior comfort and support. As for comment (c), see next FAQ.
All other things aside. . . As in every field, therapists have their preferences,
and many simply don't like prenatal massage. This isn't a criticism; I don't enjoy certain types of massage either (so
I just don't offer them). But regarding your pregnancy, wouldn't you like to receive
your massage from someone who is truly happy and honored to be there?