Pregnant women are three times more likely to get sinus infections because of the hormonal changes taking place in their bodies. Pregnancy causes increased blood flow to the nasal passages, which may cause congestion. Mucus in the nasal passages and sinus cavities cannot drain freely, and the sinus cavities become clogged. The pooled mucus provides a rich environment for an infective agent---bacteria, virus or fungus---to grow and multiply. Symptoms of a sinus infection include headaches, fatigue, a sensation of pressure and post-nasal drip.
Sinus massage combines gentle pressure and warmth from the hands to break up the mucous that backs up in the sinus cavities. The natural drainage mechanism is stimulated to clear the passageways. Blood circulation increases to sustain better sinus function throughout the day. Congestion and pressure decrease so that the headache and pain associated with sinusitis are alleviated. Clients are often surprised to find that relief is possible following the first massage.
Anice Lombard, Massage Mama. Mama of 2 and Massage Therapist