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What is Induction Massage?

June 4, 2014

What is an Induction Massage?


What is Induction Massage?


When are you due?

The “due date” can be the leading cause of stress during the final weeks of a healthy pregnancy. Until recently a pregnancy was considered full term at 37 weeks. If a woman goes past her due date and on into 42 weeks of pregnancy, that is over a month of waiting! 


Today a pregnancy is considered “full term” in the narrower two week window that starts at 39 weeks, under new definitions published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. According to research a baby born too early or too late is at greater risk of developing complications. 


Many women are turning to natural labor stimulations methods to help increase their chance of going into labor during the targeted two weeks. Methods include nipple stimulation, making love, walking, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, castor oil (not recommended), acupressure and massage. 



Managing stress is a fine balance. Too much stress early in pregnancy can cause premature contractions and even miscarriage.  On the other hand, stress in a full term pregnancy can delay natural labor calling for a medically induced labor with pitocin or cesarean section. 


"In nature, when a laboring animal feels threatened or disturbed, the stress hormone catecholamine shuts down labor. Similarly, when a laboring woman does not feel safe or protected or when the progress of her normal labor is altered, catecholamine levels rise and labor slows down or stops." -Judith A. Lothian, RN, PhD <<source>>


 When a woman is stressed she is less likely to go into labor. Stress in late pregnancy and during labor is also linked to a decreased amount of milk supply, and increased risk of complications to the baby. 


So how does it really work?

Have you ever heard of the hormone Oxytocin? Everyone produces small amounts of oxytocin when we are relaxed, making love, or when we are getting a massage. It’s name, meaning “swift childbirth” comes from the greek language. It is the primary hormone responsible for childbirth and is also known as the bonding hormone. 


Pitocin, used to medically induce labor, is the synthetic form of Oxytocin. Studies show that massage decreases stress hormones and increases natural Oxytocin. In other words, massage really can help you go into labor naturally! 


How can we help? 

We combine a deeply relaxing pregnancy massage with essential oils and acupressure to help stimulate labor naturally. We are highly trained advanced pregnancy massage experts and are experienced in helping a woman relax. 


In addition to massage, visualization and relaxation techniques can be used to help promote a deeply relaxed state to stimulate the para sympathetic nervous system, or “rest and digest” portion of the nervous system to stimulate labor.


The massage will also help to release your sacrum and pelvic area creating more space for your baby to move down into your pelvis. When your baby’s head is right down and against your cervix you have a much greater chance of going into labor naturally. Freeing up your pelvis will also support you to be able to open to birth and allow your baby to pass through.


We take all the guess work out of and find that all it really takes for a woman to go into labor is to simply relax. 


When Should I get an Induction Massage? 

We can begin induction massage as soon as you are 39 weeks pregnant according to your due date. At times, with your physician or midwife approval, it can begin as early as 38 weeks (bring a note or prescription from your healthcare provider with you to your appointment please).


Additional daily induction massage sessions are recommended and are offered at a reduced rate. We can do as little or as much induction work as you would like, or we can simply help you relax and get ready for your “birth-day”.


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