Pregnant women need a helping hand when it comes to getting comfortable. Relax Massage Productions is giving them something much more effective: a DVD.

The Wilmington, North Carolina-based firm recently revealed an educational video that teaches husbands and boyfriends how to properly massage their partners during those difficult trimesters.

Gretchen Rivas, a licensed massage therapist and founder of Relax Massage Productions, spearheaded the DVD after her clients insisted they wanted more comfort, more often.

“I was working on one of my clients, who operates a videography company,” Rivas recalls. “She looked up at me and said ‘I wish my husband would have known this stuff when I was pregnant.’ The light just sort of went off, and we decided to create a video that would teach guys how to do pregnancy massage effectively.”

Relax Massage Productions will launch its first installment of a series this fall. Already, the company has received an outpouring of interest from moms-to-be looking for affordable relief to the aches and pains of pregnancy.

“As far as they’re concerned, we can’t produce this video fast enough,” Rivas said. “The demand is there, now comes the solution.”

Gretchen Rivas is both a teacher and a practitioner of massage therapy in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is trained and certified in dozens of massage-related techniques including: Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, acupuncture, trigger-point therapy, aromatherapy, cranial-sacral therapy and, of course, prenatal massage. As a mother of two, she is especially proud to teach pregnancy massage to her students. For more information, visit