Shiatsu is a gentle, safe massage treatment to have during pregnancy and beyond.
The main benefits are relaxation, improved sleep and reduction in aches and discomfort that can sometimes make this a really challenging time. Here's my experience of Shiatsu during my pregnancy.
Originally posted on the Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic website in August 2012
Having had a baby 6 months ago one of the clinic’s practitioners, Maria, talks about receiving Shiatsu during her pregnancy and beyond.
What were the benefits of having Shiatsu when you were expecting? All the changes during this time have felt overwhelming at times, but Shiatsu supported me throughout by keeping my energy levels up, calmed me down, eased aches and pains and reduced fluid retention in my legs and feet. In short, it has helped to keep me positive and active throughout my pregnancy.
Is it comfortable when you have a bump? One of the best things about Shiatsu is that the treatments really are tailored to your needs, so I felt that I was getting what I needed from them. A skilled practitioner will work within your comfort limits. I found this especially beneficial during pregnancy, as how I felt changed so much from day to day. Some sessions could be really peaceful and relaxing and some would be dynamic and really working achy muscles.
Being able to use the Body Cushion available at the clinic is really fantastic – it keeps you comfy during the treatment even on your front, accommodating the bump, achy back and sore chest. You just melt into it!
Are there any dangers with having acupressure during pregnancy? Nothing is ever 100% safe. There are certain pressure points that can potentially induce labour, however, the practitioners are well trained in these and avoid using them during early stages of the pregnancy. I am bias, but the practitioners working at the clinic are really sensitive to your needs and work with you – the best way to keep you and your baby safe and looked after. As always, be really honest about what feels good and what doesn’t – your body and your practitioner will thankyou for it.
What’s your experience of the Shiatsu since the birth of your baby? I had a treatment soon after birth and really enjoyed it. It was great for recharging my batteries and getting my back feeling stronger and more relaxed. Getting a bit of time for myself was fantastic too. I have asked family for vouchers as a present, after all – happy mummy equals happy baby!
Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ and is based on traditional Japanese massage. Combining acupressure, massage, flowing movement and joint rotations helps to disperse tension, reduce pain, promote relaxation and healthy functioning of the body systems (circulation, breathing, digestion etc.). Shiatsu therapists are guided by their experience & knowledge of physiology and traditional Chinese medicine and apply pressure using fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows and combine it with other techniques.
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