As the demand for pregnancy massage has increased over the past few decades, various products have come on the market aiming to make delivering that massage simpler. There are now special tables you can purchase or pillows that go on top of a table that have special cut-out sections for a pregnant belly and breasts, thus allowing a woman to lie face down throughout her pregnancy. This sounds like a dream come true to many pregnant women who have been struggling to adapt to lying on their side as their pregnancy progresses. In fact, this is often one of the first questions prospective clients ask when they call; "Do you have a special table so I can lie face down?"
Well, no, I don’t. In fact, experts in the field caution against using these tables and recommend other positions as optimal for pregnant clients, for the following reasons:
Most experts agree, the optimal positioning for pregnancy remains a side-lying and semi-reclined positions; the same options women have at home. Fortunately, however, most trained therapists have high-tech pillows and enough experience to make you a lot more comfortable than you are in your own bed (or so my clients claim). This photo is from the maker of the Body Support Cushion — what most professional pregnancy massage therapists use (I’ll try to get a better pic soon). They also feature ways to work with women lying face down, but again, experts in the field discourage lying face down during a pregnancy massage.