Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered and more emotionally grounded, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep, and calm an active baby. The overall goals for prenatal massage are to help minimize stress, promote relaxation, and prepare the muscles for childbirth. (Not recommended for under 12 weeks)
The value of massage for recovery from the birthing event, even when a birth has gone as smoothly as possible, a woman's body still must undergo quite a bit of structural realignment and Postpartum massage helps restore muscle tone in the abdomen and re-position the pelvis.