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Bodywork

Bodywork, such as prenatal massage, abdominal massage, and craniosacral therapy during pregnancy can help reduce and relieve pain, discomfort, stress, nausea, and other symptoms of pregnancy. It may also be used to help position the fetus before birth. Some common types of bodywork are:

Abdominal Massage: Massage techniques focusing on the abdomen can help reduce pain and stress and may aid in fetal positioning.

Craniosacral Therapy: Craniosacral therapy is an osteopathic method that involves light touching of the patient’s fully-clothed body. During pregnancy, it may be used to position the fetus, relieve pain, and reduce stress.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy may be used to reduce back and leg pain during pregnancy and alleviate insomnia and stress.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy works to address issues relating to muscles, bones, and joints. During pregnancy it may provide exercises to aid with strength and mobility, as well as pain relief and management.

Reflexology: Reflexology is a complementary practice that involves applying pressure to the hands and feet in order to stimulate corresponding “zones” of the body. During pregnancy it may be used to relieve fatigue, nausea, and pain or discomfort.

Reiki: Reiki is a Japanese method for relieving nausea, pain, and anxiety. It involves harnessing energies through hand placements and meditation.

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