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Labor Tools: Tennis Ball

What it is: A tennis ball is a soft small ball used in the game of tennis. Because of its size and gentle flexibility, a tennis ball makes a useful massage tool during labor. If no tennis ball is available, you can substitute any small, soft flexible ball. You could also use a ball with …

Labor Tools: Rolling Pin

What it is: A rolling pin is a tool that is used by cooks to flatten dough. In labor it can be used to provide pressure massage for the mother. How it works: When rolled along the mother’s back, the rolling pin provides a moving pressure massage that can help ease discomfort of a back …

Labor Tools: Stroking Massage

What it is: Stroking is a massage technique. It is long, smooth movements with a full hand with moderate pressure over large parts of the body. How it works: Stoking helps to remove excess tension from the muscles of the body. By helping the mother to pay attention to certain parts of her body, she …

Labor Tools: Counter Pressure

What it is: Counter pressure is direct pressure applied gradually and steadily over bone areas of the body. It is not poking or jabbing at the mother. How it works: Deep pressure helps to release tension in muscles. How to do it: From “The Complete Book of Massage” by Clare Maxwell-Hudson Place the pads of …

Labor Tools: Nipple Stimulation

What it is: Gentle rubbing or rolling of the nipple, or suckling of the nipples to encourage contractions and begin labor is called nipple stimulation. This is only one of several techniques used to try to induce labor, and may be used in combination with other natural techniques. How it works: Oxytocin, a hormone that …

Labor Tools: Kneading Massage

What it is: This is probably the touch that comes to mind when you think “massage.” Wrapping your hands around a body part, move your hands in opposite directions while using a firm pressure. It should look like kneading dough. How it works: Kneading is a massage technique that causes the muscles to relax involuntarily. …

Labor Tools: Effleurage

What it is: Effleurage is a type of massage using light pressure applied over a wide area of the body. How it works: Light effleurage promotes relaxation, alleviates pain and encourages sleep. Deep effleurage improves circulation, while stretching and relaxing tense muscles. How to do it: From “The Healing Touch of Massage” by Carlo DePaoli …

Labor Tools: Acupressure

What it is: Acupressure┬árefers to the use of pressure in certain places to stimulate the body to react in specific ways. If you press the base of your neck or your temples to help relieve a headache, you are using acupressure. How it works: Although its effectiveness has not been studied, there is the possibility …