I have been blessed and honoured to have trained with Onie Tibbitt, who is the Co-Director of Knotstressed Therapies in Edinburgh Scotland. It has been a revelation and blessing
to have trained with her, she has so much experience and enthusiasm for her work.
The benefits of Pregnancy massage
Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
Reduces oedema and blood pressure, relieves varicose veins and regulates
blood and lymph circulation.
Facilitates transition through emotional support and physical nurturing.
Facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and other physiological processes during pregnancy.
Fosters nurturing maternal touch.
Reduces musculoskeletal strain and pain.
Contributes to shorter, less painful child
Reduces child birth complications, medications and interventions.
N.B. Pregnancy Massage is not intended to replace appropriate medical and pre-natal care.
For more information about Onie Tibbitt, please visit www.knotsressedtraining.com
Supporting Pregnancy with Massage Therapy
by Carole Osborne
"Nurturing touch during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period is not
a new concept. Cultural and anthropological studies reveal that massage and movement during the childbearing experience was and continues to be a prominent part of many cultures’ healthcare. 1 Studies indicate that most of the more peaceful
cultures use touch prominently during pregnancy and early childhood. 2 Midwives, who for centuries have provided maternity care, have highly developed hands-on skills.
Current research on the benefits of touch is providing a contemporary basis for its reintroduction in many technological societies, including the United States. Scientists have found
that rats restricted from cutaneous self stimulation had poorly developed placentas and 50% less mammary gland development. Their litters were often ill, stillborn, or died
shortly after birth due to poor mothering skills. 3 Pregnant women massaged twice weekly for 5 weekly for 5 weeks experienced less anxiety, leg and back pain. They reported better sleep and improved moods, and their labors had fewer complications,
including less premature births. 4Studies show that when women received nurturing touch during later pregnancy they touch their babies more frequently and lovingly. 5 During labor the presence of a doula, a woman providing physical and emotional
support, including extensive touching and massage, reduces the length of labor and number of complications, interventions, medications, and Cesareans". read More