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Maternal massage is a specialized focus of massage therapy, sometimes with other added techniques, applied to treat pregnant women.
Massage for pregnant women has existed as long as the first recorded history of massage. It has always existed as a specialized focus of massage.
Modern maternal care has contributed much to the evolution of maternal massage. It is not an independent holistic practice; rather, it is specialized training a practitioner must have to safely and competently treat expectant mothers.
Treatment in this case is also about the specific care unique to the pregnant client — pregnancy creates specific comfort and positioning needs. The practitioner can treat the client in the normal manner, but special techniques and considerations in any areas affected by the pregnancy must be considered and adopted.
Maternal massage can help treat the discomforts and stress of pregnancy, as well as maintain optimum health and muscle-tone throughout the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum and nursing periods.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.