I use specialized pregnancy cushions for all positions in prenatal massage. Face down, the cushions keep pressure off the belly. In sidelying, the cushions take pressure off the shoulder joint, keep the belly supported and the entire body aligned. Most telll me they need cushions like these at home to sleep better.
To set up the table and cushions for a massage, a sheet is placed over the cushions, another sheet is used to cover the mom to be, a pillow is used to support the upper arm and another cushion is placed between the knees.
The sidelying position allows for a great neck, shoulder, back, leg and hip massage. It also allows for face and chest massage, and stretching of limbs and torso. I can also use the cushions for seated pregnancy massage
I also use an incline position when it's time to do Arvigo Therapy belly massage. This position is also great for jaw, face, neck chest and shoulder massage.
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I am a Certified Massage Therapist, Arvigo Practitioner and (almost certified) Aromatherapist. I use this blog to share information about natural and organic health and beauty.