Although there has only been but a small amount of studies focusing on massage during pregnancy, there exists still some very useful tips from which expecting mothers can benefit. And, in just a moment, I will outline WebMD’s list of massage techniques and its advantages.
According to WebMD, some safe techniques for pregnancy massage include:
deep-tissue massage, with firm strokes pressing deep into muscles
Swedish massage, with long strokes to muscles and attention to joint mobility
Shiatsu, with pressure and tapping on acupressure points to stimulate the body’s natural energy
According to WebMD, the University of Miami’s School of Medicine suggests that massage therapy might have a multitude of positive effects including:
decreased back and leg pain
decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine
In another study of pregnancy massage in depressed women, researchers found:
increased levels of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine
decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress
an overall improvement in mood
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