Recommendations for Prenatal massage therapists


I'm in need of a massage and I'm about 3 months pregnant. Not sure if it's safe to see my regular therapist and would like to get recommendations for prenatal massage therapists from other parents that have had good experiences. I'm experiencing round ligament pains and would love to get some help. Thank you in advance!

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Congratulations. I'm 35 weeks pregnant. I'd highly recommend checking out Glow in Oakland. I got a prenatal massage from Gerri and she was wonderful. It's a small space--I think they only have 2 massage rooms, but it's beautifully decorated and calming. I'm getting a massage this weekend at Piedmont Spa with Ingrid. It's a little bit older and dated, but cheaper. I'd recommend treating yourself as much as possible during this time. Best of luck.


I highly recommend Glow in Oakland.  They specialize in prenatal.  I saw Emiliana about once a month during my pregnancy and she was wonderful.

The Claremont also has a great prenatal but it is a lot pricier.  I had a gift card that time.  Amy is the person to ask for there.  

Lori Columbo, in Berkeley does pre-natal massage and is excellent.
Good luck to you. 

I love Glow Massage in the temescal area. They specialize in prenatal. I saw Avoa several times during my pregnancy but friends have raved about their other therapists, too. Congrats! 

Hi I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant and have gone to glow  massage and birth support in oakland. It not only was the best massage I have ever gotten,  but they are  plus size  friendly. the place is clean, has a relaxing environment and specialize in prenatal massage. I  added the dry body scrub and was so happy I did. Can't say enough good stuff about this place go here you will not regret it . 

Glow in Temescal is excellent 

I was struggling with serious tension headaches and then low back pain as my pregnancy progressed with funky nerve things going on and I went to a place near where I live called Then Comes Baby.  It's on Grand Ave. in Oakland, away from the lake toward Piedmont (not far from the Safeway).  That place has helped me out tremendously.  I started there with massages, but after my baby was born I continued on with breastfeeding help -- the lactation consultant actually did some much needed (and respectful) breast massage to help with my plugged ducts, but she also included a shoulder massage and arm and hand massage because I had some major "mommy wrist" going on. 

Check them out to see if they can help (I didn't have round ligament pain):

I went to Glow in Temescal and it was great. They definitely stayed away from my belly though. For round ligament pain a belly band should provide some relief. Mine was super painful too!

I highly recommend Laura Howells ( She was my birth doula, but also gave me multiple massages throughout my pregnancy, as she specializes in pre and postnatal massage. She's very skilled and worked through any pains I had. I have a joint syndrome and she took care  to give the best massages for my condition. 

Good luck!

Glow in Oakland is great. I wish I had gone more than once during my pregnancy!

Glow Massage Clinic is great! I had an amazing prenatal massage with Avoa.

I absolutely love Glow in oakland.  They specialize in pre-natal massages. Their facility is so serene and all their therapists are great. I went a few times during pregnancy when I was further along.  Highly recommend! 

I think everyone agree about Glow massage in Oakland! I am 32 months pregnant. I went there several times and booked massage with Gerry. It made me feel so much better! They have interesting series with lower prices on their website. 

I recommend Christine d'Allance' for prenatal massage. I saw her regularly during my pregnancy, and it really helped my muscle and joint pain. She can even do on-site visits (where she comes to your home with massage table, etc.) but I really like her central Berkeley location.

She has a website at


Highly, highly recommend Grace Bender ( She is a doula as well as a masseuse and the massage I had for her while pregnant was AMAZING! I've recommended her to a couple more friends and everyone loves her (one even used her as a doula!)