The use of Moxibustion is well known to assist with turning babies in breech position. Evidence in small studies have shown the use of Moxibustion on specific Acupoints in the final weeks of pregnancy to be more beneficial in reducing caesarean rates compared to other groups in the study. Moxibustion is a safe technique burning an Oriental herb known as medicinal mugwort.
Cupping is a healing technique which requires using oriental style cups that create a vacuum seal on the skin. The cup stimulates blood and fluid circulation and can be highly beneficial in cases of lung meridian excesses, qi and / or blood stagnation, infertility and oedema and dampness issues. Cupping is a safe, relaxing therapy. There are some contraindications for pregnant women but cupping can be safely and effectively used by a qualified therapist where indicated for specific conditions.
Traditionally shiatsu is given on the ground or low bed. With its versatility in treatment shiatsu can be offered on a massage table with the women lying on her abdomen, side or back. Clothing may be worn or some women may prefer the use of oils during their treatment therefore prefer to remove some clothing. If this is the preferred option or Moxibustion or Cupping is used as part of the therapy session modest draping is used.
Some women do find Shiatsu a stronger form of massage than what they may normally be used too. Communication with the therapist is important and if you find the massage is too firm let your therapist know so they can modify the treatment to suit your needs.
Regular treatments may be recommended. In some cases once the issue is resolved and the client has relief from their symptoms, no further treatment may be necessary. However some clients prefer to adopt a maintenance regime where they come for regular treatments to ensure problematic symptoms are kept at bay. The timeframe between treatments is individual and will depend on many factors. Treatment will vary for all women’s health issues and therefore will need to be discussed with your therapist at the time of your treatment.
As a general guide in pregnancy expectant mothers may come for treatments weekly or even more frequently for relief from morning sickness and other symptoms during the first trimester. As the pregnancy progresses treatment may extend to once a fortnight or even monthly in the second trimester. Expectant mothers in the third trimester may return to weekly or fortnightly treatments based on how they are feeling in the later stages of pregnancy. Support for breech babies and initiation of labour may also be an option for some expectant mothers. Shiatsu offers support for all stages of pregnancy and can assist with physical and emotional indications. Speak to your therapist about ways shiatsu can help you throughout your pregnancy.
If you or someone you know could benefit from a Shiatsu Treatment for Women’s Health contact Deb on 0438 264 354.