Do you love massage?
Have you thought how good it would be to receive massage during your labour? from the seed- aromatherapy is running a workshop for couples so that you can learn how to effectively use massage in labour.
Touch in labour can be a very powerful tool. Receiving a loving touch during this time will leave you feeling nurtured and cared for. For your birth partner, having a labour massage routine to use will give them the opportunity to communicate their support and love for you.
Most women fear the pain of labour and massage is a wonderful tool to relieve this pain. When we feel anxious or out of control our pain threshold diminishes.
Massage increases the blood flow to your muscles helping to warm them and reduce pain. It also triggers the brain to release the body’s natural pain killers. Oxytocin is one of these; you will become very familiar with Oxytocin should you breast feed as it released during breast feeding and illicit feelings of calm and contentment. (See an earlier blog on Oxytocin and breast feeding)
Other benefits of Massage in Labour include
- Creates a pleasant atmosphere
- Eases muscular tension
- Helps relieve cramping
- Encourages relaxation of tight muscles
- Aids relaxation and energy conservation
- Improves the mother’s blood circulation and in turn, that of the baby
- Lowers blood pressure
- Allows the therapeutic benefits of ‘positive touch’
- Assists with communication, support and care
- Gives your birth partner a positive and involved role
- Provides a safe, non-invasive pleasant and acceptable form of pain relief
In a recent study conducted in 2011 by the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research,University of Western Sydney, Penrith South DC, Australia.
‘Massage, reflexology and other manual methods for pain management in labour’, by Smith CA, Levett KM, Collins CT & Jones L.
It was found that ‘Less pain during labour was reported from massage, compared with usual care during the first stage of labour’
At the workshop we will explore a routine for you to use and talk about essential oils to enhance the massage. We will also look at some easy to use acupressure points to assist labour.
The workshop is open to 6 couples to ensure that individual attention can be given.
For more information or to book a space please get in touch.