This is a very soothing and calm adaptation of massage techniques to suit the various stages of pregnancy after the first trimester. The mother lies on her side, supported by pillows, as this is a safe position. Deep tissue techniques towards the end of a pregnancy can also be applied to areas of tension if that is what the client prefers, although some areas are to be avoided. Some areas are not massaged in much depth, e.g. the lower back, as the ligaments become looser during pregnancy, and we do not want to encourage that further with massage. I do not massage the abdomen for the same reason, as well as the fact that many women do not like other people touching that area anyway. I often find women are more sensitive to touch (or simply just very appreciative!) during pregnancy, so mild-medium pressure is often sufficient.
I usually start on the back and neck, then work a little bit on the gluteal muscles and hips, then legs and feet if desired, and then arms and hands, with the client changing sides in the middle of the treatment, and then I can finish with the head if desired.