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
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
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
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:
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
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
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.
What it is: Acupressure refers 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