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Pregnancy is tough on your body. Pregnancy massage can help you relax and ease tense and tired muscles. Learn easy techniques you can use throughout pregnancy and in the delivery room to help calm and relax your partner.
Pregnancy massage reminders:
- Check in with your partner
- Don't use deep pressure
- Don't have her lie flat on her back after midpregnancy
Massage therapist: Terri Eaton is a nationally certified massage therapist and graduate of Boulder College of Massage Therapy's advanced program with an emphasis in neuromuscular massage, pre/post-natal and integrative holistic healing.
Location: SenSpa, San Francisco, CA. SenSpa specializes in massage, skin care, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and holistic health.
Video by: MegTV
Terri Eaton: Labor can be tiring and stressful, and so I'm here with Amy to show you a few techniques of how to make your partner just a little bit more comfortable. Amy, hi. Thank you for coming.
Terri Eaton: How far along are you today?
Amy: I am 23 weeks.
Terri Eaton: Twenty-three weeks. So mom's starting to really feel her body shift and change. So I'm going to show you how to prop her at home first to make her feel a little bit more comfortable. And you can use pillows from anywhere around the house. So I'm going to have you lift up your knees for me. Is that comfortable?
Terri Eaton: And then you're just going put this one little pillow here on her lap, and she's going to put her arms just like so. This helps to take a weight out of her limbs and her joints a little bit.
So partners, one of the first techniques that you can use is just some light hair, scalp stroking. Start where the hair meets the forehead and just slowly stroke back. Using breath as your guide, taking a deep breath in and having mom take a deep breath in too. Working your way down the hairline towards the ears. I like to go about 3 to 5 strokes in each spot. That can be really soothing. Then you can start to work your way down to the face. Put your fingers right in between her brow bone and start to pull back as well. This can be very soothing and you can either go to the hairline or through the hair. And mom, how does that feel? Which one do you like better?
Amy: Through the hairline.
Terri Eaton: Through the hairline? Again, she'll tell you what she needs.
The next technique, partners, that you can use is just starting at the temples, doing slow strokes. Thoughtful circles. Again, having mom take a nice deep breath in and out. And you can breathe with her too. Going up to the forehead. Now working your way just down the face, making sure to hit the jaw joint. The joints can become a little bit more sore and tender throughout pregnancy, so it's really nice to give a little attention there.
Moving down the body, we can do some light strokes on the arm. I'm just going to start at the neck and slowly stroke down the arm, and make sure you caress all of the joints, that it has a nice continuity to it, and it's very soothing.
Arm & hand squeeze
One other techniques, partners, that you can use that's just very easy, is just light squeezing along the arm, starting at the top. One hand on each side of the arm and just squeezing all the way down through each joint. Mom is taking nice deep breaths in. Partners, make sure that you squeeze each individual finger. Using a nice 2-to-3-second squeeze as your guide.
These are great techniques that you can use during labor and delivery as well as throughout pregnancy.