“A review of research on massage therapy for pregnant women showed:
*Less pain during labor was reported from massage compared with usual care during the first stage of labor.
*Labor pain was reduced with massage compared with music.
*One trial of massage compared with usual care found reduced anxiety during the first stage of labor “Massage may have a role in reducing pain, and improving women’s emotional experience of labor”, the investigators wrote, “however, there is a need for further research.””
Source: Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, University of Western Sydney, Australia.