Prenatal massage can be a pure relaxation session or focus on specific issues. It is a safe and effective way to reduce stress and pain due to pregnancy. Many women experience some discomfort and pain as their body adapts to changes. Massage helps to alleviate pains such as backaches, stiffness, headaches, hip pain, edema (swelling) and leg cramps, relieve weight-bearing tension, improve circulation, and allow for optimal muscle relaxation.