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The benefits of shiatsu massage for pregnancy

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The benefits of shiatsu massage for pregnancy

  1. 1. The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage for Pregnancy
  2. 2. Many women find it beneficial to get a shiatsu massage during their pregnancies. The overall benefits of shiatsu are good for any individual, but there are a number of ways that shiatsu massage can also promote comfort and well being during pregnancy. Here are some facts about the use of shiatsu for pregnant women.
  3. 3. What is Shiatsu Massage? Shiatsu massage is an ancient Eastern traditional massage that works to restore the flow of energy in the body. Chinese tradition teaches that the life force, or the qi, is composed of energy that runs through the body and allows energy to function. Energy runs in channels through the healthy body, but sometimes the channels can become blocked. Disturbances in the flow of qi can be caused by stress, illness, or improper body care. When the energy is blocked, a person experiences disruptions in bodily function and decreased health.
  4. 4. A practitioner of shiatsu massage works to correct problems with the qi. Through the use of skilled touch, the masseuse is able to identify areas of blockage in the qi and focus attention on the blockages. Pressure techniques allow the practitioner to clear the blockage and restore a good flow of qi within the body.
  5. 5. Shiatsu for Pregnant Women Shiatsu massage can be very beneficial for most individuals. As the stresses of daily life build up and health concerns begin to pile, many claim that this massage is a quick way to release illness and bad energy in the body. It also has some particular indications for women who are pregnant.
  6. 6. During pregnancy, many women experience aches and pains, especially in the lower back and legs. Women who receive shiatsu massages during pregnancy report that it eases these daily aches. Many women choose to get frequent treatments during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy in order to relieve discomfort. Note that shiatsu is contraindicated for the first trimester of pregnancy; women should consult a doctor to make sure that they are good candidates for shiatsu massage treatments.
  7. 7. Constipation and heartburn are also relieved by shiatsu massage. The additional bloating that can come with pregnancy can be reduced as well. Pregnancy is a time when the body is flooded with hormones, and the body is not used to coping with large amounts of these chemicals. When the body is simply feeling off or having a hard time dealing with the changes, shiatsu helps restore a feeling of well-being.
  8. 8. Massage as a technique for relaxation is an important tool for pregnant women. Women have fewer complications in their pregnancies and deliver healthy babies when they are able to remain calm and happy during their pregnancies. This is why it is important for women to develop strategies for keeping relaxed in the face of stressful experiences. Frequent shiatsu massage keeps women calm, comfortable, and well. The use of shiatsu massage for pregnancy has many benefits. It can improve general energy and well-being as well as relieving symptoms of pregnancy such as aches and pains, bloating, and morning sickness. For these reasons, many women are choosing to incorporate shiatsu into their second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
  9. 9. Finding a good massage therapist is important. Someone who has experience working with pregnant women will know how to deliver the best care. The massage therapist should understand the limitations and needs of pregnant women. When looking for a good massage therapist, it's important to ask about special treatments for pregnant women and the therapist's experience. Once a good massage therapist is found and a massage program is established, shiatsu can have wonderful effects on the ease and comfort of a woman's pregnancy.
  10. 10. Sources: http://trumantra.com http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Benefits-of-Shiatsu-Massagefor-Pregnancy&id=8231984

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