At Amatouch Pregnancy Massage Dublin, we understand that a woman's body undergoes significant changes during the 40 weeks of pregnancy and these physical changes are the result of hormonal changes as well as the growth of the foetus and the resulting metabolic demands, a weekly massage can help you adjust to the physical transformation. The external manifestations only give a hint of the profound internal transformation which is taking place. Consider just a few of these (Kisner and Colby, 1990):
Stress is not necessarily a bad thing, however, excessive stress during pregnancy can exacerbate many common complaints of pregnancy such as headache, backache, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, and morning sickness. Stress and anxiety have also been related to a number of complications of pregnancy and labour including premature birth, decreased uterine efficiency, prolonged labour, poor infant health, and poor mother infant bonding (Beck, et al, 1980; Crandon, 1979; Farber et al, 1981; Gaffney, 1986; Lederman et al, 1978, 1979, 1981; Norbeck and Tilden, 1983; Norbeck and Anderson, 1989).
It is clear that excessive maternal stress or anxiety is potentially harmful and should be minimized as much as possible. As a massage therapist, I need to identify those clients with high stress levels and help them with its management. For these women, massage with a focus on relaxation combined with other forms of relaxation training is essential to their well-being.
Many massage therapists have the opportunity to assist a woman through labour; for some it is a regular part of their practice and I am happy to offer my help to a pregnant woman who needs it. The use of massage in labour has a long established history, towards the end of the 19th century a noted anthropologist wrote that "There is hardly a people, ancient or modern, that do not in some way resort to massage and expression in labour, even if it be a natural and easy one." (Goldsmith, 1984) The massage therapist today can play the role of assistant to the birth professional, whether that be a medical practitioner or midwife.
The work of a massage therapist in the labor process consists largely of back massage or pressure to the back to relieve discomfort, supporting the abdomen during contractions, massage to various parts of the body for relaxation, distraction or pain relief, and oftentimes, simple hand holding for reassurance.
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