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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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Benefits of Prenatal Massage

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO... Several of the practitioners at OMBE specialize in prenatal services including acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, Pilates, and yoga.  Here are some frequently asked questions about prenatal massage as well as a recent research summary highlighting the benefits of massage during pregnancy.

PRENATAL MASSAGE

Q. Is massage safe during pregnancy?

A. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy. It is recommended that you find a massage therapist with additional certification in prenatal massage. Certified prenatal therapists have received training beyond the national standards for massage therapists and know how to address specific pregnancy needs and sensitive areas of the body.  Trained prenatal massage therapists are aware of pressure points on the ankles and wrists that are generally contraindicated during pregnancy and they will be able to assist a client in finding the best positioning (typically side-lying) during the massage session.

 

Q. What are some of the benefits of pre-natal massage?

A. Recent research has shown that massage can relieve headaches, back pain and sciatica, decrease fatigue, reduce and regulate blood pressure, alleviate muscle tightness, tension, and cramping, improve sleep and relaxation, reduce edema and sore feet, improve delivery and ease labor.

 

Q. What are some of the benefits of pre-natal massage?

A. Recent research has shown that massage can enhance milk production and lactation, decrease pelvic pain after childbirth as well as accelerating healing during postpartum recovery.

Q. Are there any contraindications for prenatal massage?

A. Be sure to speak with your physician before beginning prenatal massage as there are several contraindications including a history of diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, heart disease, history of miscarriage, and preterm labor.

Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy

 

Twenty-six women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks.  The therapies consisted of 20-minute sessions twice a week.  Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain after the first and last session.  Only the massage therapy group, however, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study.  In addition, stress hormone levels (norepinephrine) decreased for the massage therapy group and the women had fewer complications during labor and their infants had fewer postnatal complications.

 

Field T, Hermandes-Reif M, Hart S, Theakston H, Sehanberg S, Kuhn C.  Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 20(1):31-8, 1999 Mar.

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women's health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

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