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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

I have heard that massage during labor makes it easier and shorter and less painful. is this true?

Drew Gulsrud (Ventura, CA) on Jan 22, 2013
Results vary greatly since every woman is different. It can be very beneficial to keep the mom more relaxed, decrease pain, and even advance the labor in some cases when necessary. I have worked on many women throughout their pregnancies and they have all reported that it has been a great help. Recieving bodywork throughout your pregnancy can help reduce general stress and prepare your body for labor as well. I would recommend trying some therapists that are licensed and certified in prenatal massage and seeing if you can find one that you are comfortable with that is willing to be there for you. You can also find one you like and then ask them if they would be willing to train a family member, friend, or significant other in the techniques you like and some basic pain relief and labor stimulation pressure points. Best of luck, take care! Drew Gulsrud, LMT 888-274-8886 or you can find me on Zeel :)
Vladimir Batista (Miami Beach, FL) on Jan 7, 2013
Yes , is trust, believe me.
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Jan 6, 2013
As far I know massage does not help with the pain. Massage can help with the pain while you are preg.
Kristin Collier (Thornton, CO) on Nov 23, 2012
Massage during labor is a helpful tool for a woman to have by her side. The body responds to touch and therapeutic touch while in labor can calm the nervous system and help the mother relax and breath through the process.Care of the body with massage can increase it's ability to heal quickly and more effectively. After birth care is also important and a massage can help stimulate the body. I have been trained in prenatal massage and I am available to a new mother in labor.
Safiyah Walcott (Atlanta, GA) on Nov 21, 2012
Massage for pregnant women can offer a time to practice breathing, rid the body of tension, and offer time to allow for meditation. Women are usually uptight and anxious leading up to the time for delivery and using massage during the 36 weeks can be quite beneficial. With careful massage strokes, stretching and exercise labor can be a breeze. By lowering anxiety levels the body has the ability to maintain a relaxed state. Once you've practiced regular massage during your pregnancy you will instantly feel the benefits of massage therapy.
Felix Williams (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Nov 15, 2012
yes massage increases the blood flow that helps to push your baby in the direction it needs to go. I have done this first hand with the birth of my son. When my wife was pregnant with our son she went into labor, but when we got her to the hospital her contractions slowed down and our son was over due so it was either vaginal birth or C section. My Wife really wanted to have a vaginal birth so the therapist in me kick in and i did what we call counter clockwise shimmies circles for an hour to push the blood to her pelvis and it work the contraction came closer together and it was an easy birth.
Justin Roberts (Jupiter, FL) on Nov 14, 2012
In some cases yes. CranioSacral Therapy is one modality that uses minimal pressure delivered through a light touch that both mother and baby receive benefit from. It helps calm the central nervous system and allows the body to heal by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. CST gives the body a "nudge" to allow it to receive the treatment one is looking for whether conscious or unconscious of the state of well being. Reiki is another modality that would be beneficial for a pregnant mother.
Cassandra Harmon (Bear, DE) on Nov 5, 2012
Massage can offer more comfort during delivery. Midwives have used the technique for centuries. Massage can help ease the discomfort of strong contractions; bring a sense of calm with a nurturing touch; decrease anxieties; and help boost immuno-response activity. Remember to massage your baby after the birthing process as well. It's a great way to nurture your child (as we humans thrive much better with touch) and cultivate the depths of your parent-child relationship.
Cassandra Harmon (Bear, DE) on Nov 5, 2012
Massage can offer more comfort during delivery. Midwives have used the technique for centuries. Massage can help ease the discomfort of strong contractions; bring a sense of calm with a nurturing touch; decrease anxieties; and help boost immuno-response activity. Remember to massage your baby after the birthing process as well. It's a great way to nurture your child (as we humans thrive much better with touch) and cultivate the depths of your parent-child relationship.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Nov 4, 2012
hello, Having just went through labor I must say the best thing your significant other can do for you is to bring 2 tennis balls and use the on your back as you are going through labor. Also a doula can perform such services. Dr. Piacente
Stephen Fortier (Pinellas And Pasco Countie, FL) on Nov 3, 2012
It can help you feel better and remove much of the stress from your body, thus facilitating a smoother pregnancy. Be care to wait until your second trimester to receive massage, and look for a person who does prenatal massage.
John Romano (Oakland Park, FL) on Nov 1, 2012
Yes, there are any acupuncture points that any MPS therapist can manipulate to cause uterine contractions. Some to even help turn the baby if it is breached
Jesse Freeman (Mansfield, TX) on Oct 31, 2012
Yes it does help, pretty much any local massage therapist would be able to do this. :)
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
It is possible through acupoints it could help and relieve the pain in labor. Talk to your doctor to make sure it is right for you.
Bonnie Scarlett (Colorado Springs, CO) on Oct 26, 2012
~it helps to have a coach of sorts that helps you identify and release specific muscles.. it helped me by focusing on one thing, JUST ONE, and breathe and relax through contractions.. ~you may be looking for a doula..?? my mother has done this for people, shes on ZEEL as well, Peggy Gray..
Joseph Parham (Naples, FL) on Oct 25, 2012
yes
Dionna John (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 21, 2012
Yes, very true. Massage during pregnancy assists your body with making the necessary changes more smoothly and with less pain. Massage is also known to shorten labor. Pain is decreased tremendously by promoting the parasympathetic (rest or digest) system to take over the sympathetic (fight or flight) system. If you are pregnant, you would do you and your child a world of good by locating a massage therapist who can attend to your needs. I am currently studying for my doula certification and would love to assist at your earliest convenience. Yours truly, Dionna John
James Kennedy (, ) on Oct 20, 2012
A great massage therapist can help a woman in labor. It is relaxing, the woman is happy and the baby is born into a happier world. even the lightest massage with intention will work miracles. Don
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 19, 2012
Hi yes it is true,you may try to get a massage once a week or the least every other week to help you to relax the muscles so you have more flexibility,congratulations
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 19, 2012
Hi yes it is true,you may try to get a massage once a week or the least every other week to help you to relax the muscles so you have more flexibility,congratulations
Crystal Wright (Valrico, FL) on Oct 18, 2012
You will want to hire a dula or licensed massage therapist authorized to come in the room with you...OR... your partner, friend, or parent can perform massage for you. Yes, it's no secret anymore that massage during labor can infact REDUCE labor pains. It is not a cure all, however. Massage will keep you more calm and focused and prevent hyperventilation and fainting. Also, massage will help keep your blood pressure balanced. Remember the baby? Everything you do effects your baby as well. This little soul goes through the stress of labor as well- choose a calm start to new life for your baby and have someone administer moderate calming lower back and neck/shoulder massage for you. Your baby will be less colicky and you and baby can have many peaceful nights of sleep. Sincerely, Crystal Wright, LMT Valrico, FL 888-609-5538
Effie Hall (Charlotte, NC) on Oct 17, 2012
Massage along with Face Reflexology can assist the labor to be more comfortable and to assist the pelvic floor to relax allowing the delivery to go smoother and more relaxed. With the face reflexology there are areas on the face that correspond with the pelvic floor. When stimulating these areas contractions can be encouraged and with less intensity. I was able assist my daughter in her second delivery with massage and Face Reflex therapy. The Face Reflex therapy should never be used unless the baby is full term and baby and parents are ready, it is that effective.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 16, 2012
There are specific acupressure points which help to direct energy down which help during labor. They should not be used on pregnant women before labor starts. Also, massage is helpful for women with back labor.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 16, 2012
There are specific acupressure points which help to direct energy down which help during labor. They should not be used on pregnant women before labor starts. Also, massage is helpful for women with back labor.
Carol Hayes (West Dundee, IL) on Oct 16, 2012
Massage stimulates your body to release endorphins, the natural pain-killing, mood-lifting substances. Endorphins are responsible for the high that you feel after exercise, or after a good bout of laughter. In labour, massage brings you close to the person who is caring for you. This could be your midwife or your birth partner. Touch can make you feel better while you're coping with contractions and are perhaps tired and frightened. Massage has been shown to ease pain and reduce anxiety in the first stage of labour. It can help you to cope with your contractions by making them feel less intense and more manageable. Shorter labours and a lower risk of postnatal depression have also been linked with massage. I am a certified prenatal massage therapist and I do in-home massages.
Joseph Nader (Livonia, MI) on Oct 15, 2012
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Shane Stout (Anaheim, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes a pregnancy massage is encouraged after the 1st trimester. This is because in the 1st trimester the body is still adjusting to the change and idea of the growth of the child. After the 1st trimester it is a good idea to receive a swedish style massage which is a relaxing approach to massage. Side lying for this massage is common to ensure the comfort of the expecting mother and to women experiencing lower back and gluteal area down to the legs which are also under expected pressure from the extra weight gain and different walking patterns which are very common in lower back pain.
Anna Waggoner (Indianapolis, IN) on Oct 15, 2012
Hello! Yes, it is true. Labor can be made less painful and scary. It can also help relax the muscles so that there will be less pain after the birth, as well. If you've ever experienced massage therapy while not in labor, you know that it is one of the most relaxing experiences. When it is applied while someone is in a stressful situation such as childbirth it can help to make the experience more comfortable because it has such a calming effect on the body. Your new baby will reap the benefits as well, knowing that mom feels more relaxed. :-) I would love to be there to help you through your child birthing experience if possible. If not I hope you are able to find a good therapist to do so. Here's to a beautiful experience!
Kweli Ya-Saleem (Latham, NY) on Oct 15, 2012
By Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, About.com Guide You can find great info on your topic in the above article. Here are a couple insights she shares. To find a certified therapist. go to www.amtamassage.org. Use the "find a therapist" by typing your zip code. Laura Davis, RN, CMT has been a nurse for 23 years and started doing massage several years ago. She then became certified in pregnancy and postpartum massage. She recommends that when you are looking for a pregnancy or postpartum massage therapist that you make sure the therapist is certified in pregnancy massage. Massage can also be useful for labor. Techniques can be done by your partner or a doula. Davis says, "The time to learn the techniques is while your pregnant before you go into labor. It is a great idea to take your partner or friend with you when you get your massage, any professional therapist will encourage this, they can show your partner many comfort measures he or she can use at home and will also explain why some techniques are unsafe. These hits will really help out when your in labor!"
Ashley Lawhorn (Hemet, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes it is true. Massage can be a great tool to help a mother through labor if she wants to do natural labor. My name is Ashley and I am a massage therapist. I would be happy to meet you and see if I can be the person to help you during labor. If you have any other questions feel free to find me on zeel.com or email at smarty613@aol.com.
Sandy Claflin (Lynnwood, WA) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes massage does help during labor. Staying relaxed and focused during labor would make it go smoother. Massage can help with that. Also massage stimulates the body to release endorphins, which can reduce pain. The best thing to do is to start massage around the last trimester of your pregnancy. That way the therapist can work on preparing the body for birth. To find a therapist talk to Midwives or Doolas. If you are going to a birthing center, they might be able to recommend someone. You can also go to the AMTA, American Massage Therapist Association, web site. They have listings of therapist all over the country.
Vernon Burgess (Colorado Springs, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
I wouldnt suggest massage during labor. No therapist should attempt it. But you can get a therapist before labor. To help relieve stress and calm ur body. If you sign a waiver we can even induce so the doctor doesnt cause harm using chemicals to induce which will harm the baby or poke inside you to break your water. Using slight soft massage with pressure over certain areas will ease inducement.
Paul Simmons (Lotus, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
I think that PRE-labor massage is probably more effective. DURING labor probably helpe some people, but not others. Many women in labor really cannot stand being touched in any way that being held by the husband. If the woman can HANDLE it, it would be beneficial. But no guarantees. It can certainly add to the sensory overload, which could be overwhelming, or distracting. . . in any case, if it aids relaxation (not a guarantee) if could be a good thing.
Fabian Soto (Hollywood, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
It is true.but if you wait till the last minute of been in labor and expect to be easier and short and less painful,think again.the best should be a month or two before get a set of treatments to get any pain from your lower back,upper back, legs,and sacral and lower abdominal ares free of pain that any body not been pregnant should have.now that little pain from the labor time should be a walk in the park.hope you understand thank you for your question .
Jon Stange (Santa Monica, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Labor is not always easy! Massage of the legs, feet and the neck and back can ease some discomfort during labor in the beginning stages of contractions, but as time goes on and contractions are more frequent and intense no massage will prevent pain. Labor runs it's own course so the time it takes for delivery is the time it takes.
Silvia Casabianca (Bonita Springs, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Massage therapy during labor induces deep relaxation. Relaxation reduces pain and spasms by increasing the release of endorphins, which are the natural pain killers produced by the body. Stress hormones such as adrenaline, might slow down contractions and extend labor. If relaxation counteracts stress and reduces the release of adrenaline, it might contribute to make labor shorter and easier. A properly trained massage therapist could also contribute to stimulate contractions by applying pressure on certain acupuncture points. You can browse for professionals who have been trained specifically to provide prenatal massage (also called mother massage). This site provides information and a directory of health professionals: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/prenatalmassage.html
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Oct 14, 2012
It depends on different one's condition. Some might can't have massage, but it does release the pain if someone massage you before labor.
Nicole Keane (Anchorage, AK) on Oct 14, 2012
I am certified in pre, post, and perinatal massage therapy. Massage can alleviate pain while in labor, but more importantly is the preparation that you can do with massage before the labor begins and during your pregnancy. Massage regularly during pregnancy can lead to less painful and shorter labor duration. When seeking massage for pre or perinatal therapy, make sure you are working with a practitioner that knows what they are doing in order to make it the most therapeutic experience for your needs. Good luck! Nicole
Detra Rose (Altadena, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Massage therapy during labor helps to relax muscle tension at time of contractions. Massage techniques also helps to ease pain and anxiety. Massage can be helpful during this stressful time, and can keep you connected with your body and baby. If you are not sensitve to scents such as levender, clary sage, jasmine, these oils can act as a natural pain reliever which increases overall well being. I was fortunate to have a home birth with my child and recieved massage. which was a god send for me. I have experience with pregnacy massage and can offer you support and massage during your time of labor.
Detra Rose (Altadena, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Massage therapy during labor helps to relax muscle tension at time of contractions. Massage techniques also helps to ease pain and anxiety. Massage can be helpful during this stressful time, and can keep you connected with your body and baby. If you are not sensitve to scents such as levender, clary sage, jasmine, these oils can act as a natural pain reliever which increases overall well being. I was fortunate to have a home birth with my child and recieved massage. which was a god send for me. I have experience with pregnacy massage and can offer you support and massage during your time of labor.
Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Oct 14, 2012
Massage Therapy with gentle stretching techniques is highly effective during labor and helps make labor shorter and less painful. Massage Therapy is highly effective at bringing about relaxation and reducing stress, all of which is helpful and needed during the process of labor. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Jessica Arnold (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
I had prenatal massage when I was in labor and it helped me with my back labor pain. There is a chance that while in labor pain would only be felt in the front but that is usually when baby is sunny side up, and therefore a c-section would be performed. I can provide massage therapy during your labor. Congratulations!
Henry Dixon (Greensboro, NC) on Oct 14, 2012
I am a massage therapist experienced in prenatal massage. Prenatal/pregnancy massage clients of mine have mentioned decreased pain during their pregnancies, as well as a reduction in their levels of stress and anxiety. There is scientific research that supports such experiences. Here a brief synopsis of just one of the many studies that have been conducted: 'Pregnant women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 hours shorter with less need for medication.' (Field, T. (2010). Pregnancy and labor massage therapy. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5, 177-181.) To find a provider of this service, look first for a licensed and/or certified massage therapist. Additional credentuling in prenatal/pregnancy massage may help you decide on a massage therapist that is right for you. Testimonials from past clients and referrals from childbirth-related organizations (DONA, for example http://www.dona.org/) can also be informative.
Angel Orozco (Miami, FL) on Oct 14, 2012
Find someone that does Prenatal massage. If you are using the services of a doula, most of them are licensed to do massage depending of the State. In my opinion is best if you get the prenatal massages through your entire pregnancy and sometimes I even teach the husbands some safe massage techniques they can use so they are also involved. Good luck
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
I believe this to be true, and it's also well documented from the perspective of various therapeutic modalities and also the multitude of perinatal massage classes and certification programs that exist! CranioSacral therapy as well is known to have significant benefit to labor and delivery.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Pre-natal massage is a great tool to help with labor issues. Contact God Google to find out the the availability.
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 14, 2012
Certain acupressure points are effective at turning a breached baby, inducing labor and quickening the process, and reducing the pain of labor. I may be interested in supporting you through pregnancy, and I know of someone else who may be, also.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Oct 14, 2012
For an easy delivery it is best to start with prenatal massage through out the pregnancy. This increases oxygenation and circulation not only in your own body as it changes but also to the developing fetus. It helps to avoid the aches that sometimes happens with the shifts in the body during pregnancy. Also helps you to get back in shape more quickly afterwards. I have worked with many moms (and dads) to be who have had good experiences with natural birth and an easy quick recovery. I have been there personally for a couple of friends during delivery. Some midwives will also do massage to help during labor. My approach is to teach the dads what to do in the delivery room so it is a global experience. I have experienced it myself as I had Shiatsu/Massage at least once a month during my own pregnancy. I couldn't understand what all the fuss about labor was about when it was over. No drugs- natural birth and never was unbearable.
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
I would not claim that massage can shorten or make labor easier, but I have found that the women I have worked on during the beginning of their labor had a relatively shorter and easier labor in their opinion. I do believe that when one is more relaxed and centered during labor, labor should go better just by not resisting and going with the contractions. I have both worked on women at the beginning of their labor prior to going to the hospital as well as serving as doula through the labor. Feel free to contact me to further discuss your needs. Sherry Glover 512-784-4285
J. Tim Cochran (Hendersonville, NC) on Oct 14, 2012
This is best done by a Massage therapist who specializes in Pre and Post Delivery massage, AND has the proper training. I have been massaging pregnant women for the last nine years, but, not during labor. I would contact your local Hospital maternity ward or mid-wives, or doula's.
Deborah Hill (Oakland, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Yes this can be true. Being more relaxed during the process of labor can help the process be less painful.
Robbin Phelps (Takoma Park, MD) on Oct 14, 2012
Absolutely! There are numerous studies proving especially that massage during pregnancy makes labor shorter and easier, and many many stories from Moms who have experienced this. By far the best plan is to receive massage regularly during pregnancy, from the same person who can be with you during labor and delivery. When you see the same massage therapist over and over, your body (and your mind) becomes familiar with that person's approach, and begins to respond to their suggestions for relaxation more and more easily and quickly. So, when you are in labor, their voice, and their touch is a familiar signal to your unconscious mind, and to your conscious mind that it is ok to relax. A relaxed, healthy body can labor and deliver in the most healthy efficient ways. Be sure to find someone who is certified in pregnancy massage, and is comfortable being a labor assistant. I have done this a few times and absolutely love this work. I mostly practice the Trager Approach, which is a movement-based approach to finding ease and efficient, healthy movement. It is a joy to see the cumulative effect of repeated sessions, and the recalling of that deep knowledge of how to soften, during labor and delivery. Good luck!
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Oct 13, 2012
massage during labor will only relieve the pain some, but it will not neccesarily make the pain go away totally. there are going to be some times during labor that you are not going to want to be touched at all. as for making labor easier and faster those are myths as is getting a foot massage(reflexology) during labor.