Inducement & Labour Massage

Inducement Massage

An Image representing Inducement MassageIn today’s crazy world, everything is a rush and even giving birth has been added to the list of instant gratification. Now, according to several studies, around 50% of pregnant women attempt to get labour going themselves, compared to those allowing their body to decide when it is ready to go through the labour process of birthing the baby.

Why?

  1. to avoid medical intervention – induction or c-section
  2. they are exhausted and emotionally done with pregnancy
  3. their estimated due date has come and gone

For some mums to be, all these reasons apply and also that they want to meet their baby or continue with life! It’s important to remember that only 2-5% of babies are born on their “guess” date, and around 40% are born in the 2 weeks thereafter.

Full term is up to 42 weeks of pregnancy – no medical intervention required – as long as neither baby nor mother are showing any signs of health issues.

Changes During LabourProfessional inducement massage is only performed once gestation reaches 38 weeks and mum and baby are healthy.  It’s not advised to try most other natural methods until you’ve at least reached your due date.

Another very important thing to remember is you’re not designed to be pregnant forever.  Have faith that your body and your baby will be able to do what they are meant to do as a team when the right conditions exist.

The womb is the best hotel in the world and is designed to fulfil every need of your baby, and so each day your baby spends in your womb is valuable. Your baby’s brain and lung function development is so important and if baby is safe, happy, healthy and comfortable inside of you, give this precious time to allow them to grow properly to be the amazing child you are hoping for.

Womb nurturing time will pay off, both physically and emotionally. This is why it is important to get professionally massaged by a pregnancy specialist and rest as much as possible in your last trimester, as it truly benefits you and baby!

The Benefits of Inducement Massage

  • Induction massage helps to relax and calm your body, easing tension and helping to create a clear and grounded space, preparing baby and you for the birth process.
  • Induction massage can help elevate your natural levels of Oxytocin
  • Decreases your stress hormones.

  • Encouraging the descent of the baby into position, dilation of the cervix and facilitation of uterine contractions.
  • The massage will also help to release tension in your sacrum and pelvic area, therefore creating more space for your baby to move down into your pelvis.
  • We have a fantastic success rate with our induction massages, with most clients going into labour within 18-48 hours, of our finally treatment, often avoiding medical intervention.

Please keep in mind that at the end of the day if your body or your baby are not ready then it doesn’t matter what you do, you cannot force something to happen.

My inducement massage is a 3-part treatment, for mums having a Natural birth

Part 1: Specialised pregnancy intro massage
Part 2: (only performed after Part 1) specific trigger manipulations using aromatherapy oils
Part 3: (only performed after Part 1 & 2) specific trigger manipulations using aromatherapy oils

Total cost: R1500

If you happen to go into labour and give birth after the second session, the 3rd treatment session will be converted into a postpartum massage session.

My inducement massage is a 2-part treatment, for mums planning a caesarian birth

Part 1: Specialised pregnancy intro massage
Part 2: (only performed after Part 1) specific trigger manipulations using aromatherapy oils

Total cost: R1000

Please note: all first appointments are minimum of R450.00 and take an hour including time to complete medical history and signature granting permission for treatments to be performed, which is required by Law.
If the appointment runs over this time you will be billed for extra time used @ R110 for 15 minutes.

Labour Massage

Labour MassageThe Touch Research Institute of U.S. has found that:

The correct Massage therapy during labour is highly beneficial, especially if it is administered within the first 15 minutes of every hour of labour. The labouring women’s anxiety is decreased, as well as her pain and her need for pain medication. In addition, the massaged mothers had shorter labour, shorter hospital stay and less depression /mood swings.

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Taylor, S., & Quintino, 0., & Burman, I. (1997). Labour pain is reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 18, 286-291.

The above is just another reason to employ a massage specialist to massage you in labour or to hire a doula who is trained in massage and other related skills.

Benefits of Labour Massage

Labour MassageMassage during labour has enormous benefits and these include:

  • Reduces the labouring mother’s perception of pain, thus acting as a natural pain-reliever
  • Alleviates tension and anxiety
  • Aid in the production of endorphins or "feel-good hormones"
  • Stimulates contractions
  • Improves the flexibility of muscles
  • Facilitates blood flow, circulation and fluid drainage
  • Promotes less muscle tension
  • Decreases stress levels and fatigue – helping to revitalize the mind and body

Labouring mother feels a greater sense of emotional support

The Massage Specialist Client Card : Download a client card and email to Alison to schedule your first appointment.

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