New research shows massage therapy reduced depression in pregnant women, and also reduced the incidence of massaged women’s babies being born prematurely.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Touch Research Institutes, where pioneering research about massage has been conducted since 1992.
Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of massage, twice per week. A control group did not receive massage, according to an abstract published on http://www.pubmed.gov.
The massage-therapy group versus the control group not only had reduced depression by the end of the massage-therapy period, they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period.
The massaged women’s new-borns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birth weight, pubmed noted, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales.
Brenda has been working with Pregnancy Massage for 7 years. She received her training from the Well Mother, training with founder Suzanne Yates (Body-worker and Birth Educator).
Well Mother (wellmother.org) trains therapists in Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy Massage, Shiatsu and exercise for maternity care and support: supporting the wisdom of parents and babies.
Below is a guided visualisation that Suzanne has done to help with connection between you and baby. Enjoy!