In many parts of the world, pregnant and postnatal women are massaged regularly to promote a feeling of well-being. Massage is a drug free, non-invasive complementary therapy that can be used as a safe form of pain relief in labour.
Specific benefits of massage in labour:
- labours can be shorter
- helps reduce pain by stimulating the body's natural painkillers, endorphins
- may reduce anxiety and agitation
- reduces the incidence of postnatal depression
- empowerment of labouring women and their partner
During pregnancy massage should only be used on healthy women, with no pregnancy or medical problems, and with their doctor's consent. For safety reasons no firm pressure is used during pregnancy massage.
A specialist supportive cushion is used for pregnancy massage, allowing mothers to lie face down, comfortably and safely up to delivery, and post natally.
Lorena provides tuition in childbirth massage techniques in the privacy of your own home.
Massage Tuition for Labour
Lorena teaches birth partners massage for labour in the privacy and comfort of the client’s home. The teaching session is from 37 weeks of pregnancy onwards, it takes about 90 minutes and costs £95.
After the teaching session couples are advised to practice the massage at least 4 times a week for 20 minutes minimum. This is a great bonding exercise and relaxing for both parties. The frequent massage eases the aches and discomfort associated with late pregnancy, and leaves mums feeling more relaxed as they approach the birth of their baby/ babies! Massage also helps the mums to be to sleep better.
The massage techniques are easy to perform and the research states that massage in labour makes it faster, labouring women need less pain relief and the couples who use massage in labour find it a great bonding experience, as they work together to help their baby to be born.
During the session she also covers optimal birthing positions to encourage labour to progress more quickly and help to achieve a natural birth. Each massage technique is demonstrated then the birth partner practices under supervision until they feel confident and happy with what they are doing. Full printed instructions and diagrams are provided.
"I have been teaching birth partners massage for labour for since 2005, and the feedback from couples has been amazing! It always a fun session, with the opportunity for the couple to ask questions about labour, and master massage techniques that allow them to approach labour feeling more relaxed and confident."
Lorena Ranson- Motherhood Massage Therapist