So what is it about massage that makes it so good? At Touch Research Institute, led by Tiffany Field, Ph.D., in Miami, Florida, they have conducted many studies on the effects of touch on children. A common finding is decreased levels of stress hormones.
Much to my surprise, my waters broke at 6:00 am, approximately 12 days before my son's "official" expected date of arrival. There was water, but not much else in the way of birthing waves for most of that day.
Massage can decrease stress and improve relaxation, improve lymph drainage, have a balancing effect on glands, all of which are of huge benefit during pregnancy. It is the most under-rated method for helping women during their pregnancy and otherwise.