Shiatsu and Motherhood
Shiatsu is a Japanese manual therapy, based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which applies pressure, stretching and rocking to specific points and channels of the
body, where organs, muscles and bones are reflected. It allows the body to restore its own balance, improving vital energy and activating the body's own healing systems.
Zen Shiatsu is a powerful tool that can be very helpful in all motherhood changes, giving mother and child physical and emotional support in order to carry out this challenging task as calmly as possible.
Shiatsu helps ease tensions that may arise and helps prevent complications; it offers a great support to enjoy this unique, enriching and rewarding human experience.
Shiatsu and Pregnancy
The foetus's sense of touch is as developed as its sense of hearing. The amniotic fluid and uterus walls provide a gentle and continuous stimulation, like floating in warm water. Shiatsu can provide adequate stimulation for both the mother and the baby's sensory development.
The shiatsu therapist's job depends on the needs of each woman and her gestational age. Shiatsu does not always follow the same massage routine. The therapist "listens" to the receiver with his or her hands. The woman's body dictates what type of stretching or movements should be carried out, which meridians should be work on and what kind of energy should be used in carrying out this task.
The body constantly changes its energy; the therapist must know how to interpret these changes in order to be flexible during the treatment. In addition, preparing for childbirth, I often suggest certain visualizations which can be used by the mother when the time arrives. If I am next to her during childbirth, I remind her of them to make the delivery smoother and easier.
During pregnancy Zen Shiatsu can help
- by increasing body awareness
- by regulating fluctuating emotional states, providing psychological benefits
- by stimulating the baby's sensory development through the mother
- by relieving or avoiding typical problems:
- by preventing eclampsia and preeclampsia
- by helping eczema and itchy skin
- by helping constipation
- by helping to avoid a breech presentation
I recommend a monthly session from conception -or before- and then a session once every two weeks from 32 weeks onwards.
Shiatsu and Childbirth
Shiatsu is ONLY used during delivery if there are complications or particularly painful areas, before resorting to medical intervention at a hospital. A woman’s body is designed and ready to give birth without outside intervention, if the physiology of childbirth is respected and her basic needs are taken on to account.
During delivery, Zen Shiatsu can help:
- if there is tension and fear: relaxing effects on the nervous system
- if waters brake but there are no contractions
- if there are contractions without dilation
- if there is a very prolonged labour: soothing, relaxing and revitalizing effects
- if there is a very prolonged delivery: helps bring the child down
- if there are difficulties in the delivery of the placenta
Shiatsu in the Postpartum period
Zen Shiatsu helps restore energy lost during childbirth and to strengthen the mother; it also helps you recover a balanced mood so you can enjoy a happy and healthy time with your baby.