Easy Labour Massage for Pain Relief During Childbirth

Massage during labour can either be completely relaxing and help speed up the process, or completely irritating and make the whole event last longer. So how do you know if you’re doing it right?Labour massage is very different from the type of massage you would get on a therapy bed and rightly so. During labour a woman needs to relax
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The Lion Effect™ During Childbirth

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Humans, like any other animal who is preyed on, are sensitive to certain stimuli getting their adrenalin levels rising ready to fight or run and sometimes to freeze. I call this The Lion Effect™; when in times of stress or perceived stress a person will get themselves ready for danger to protect themselves or their young for
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The most comfortable pregnancy sleeping position

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Most of my pregnant massage clients find it really hard to get comforable in bed until I teach them these great tips. Contrary to popular belief it is actually possible to get a comfortable night’s sleep when you’re pregnant. Here’s how… During pregnancy it’s important to lie on your side. This is because you have a main
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How to be a great birthing partner

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks You’ll often find in antenatal classes that the teacher will be very confident in telling you that “the role of the birthing partner is very important”. And that’s where they often stop; no tips, no advice, just the statement that you are very important! So if you are so important, how do you know if you’re doing
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Breathing for Pain Relief During Childbirth

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks It does sound a little strange to say “remember to breathe” during labour, but you’ll be surprised how often we hold our breath in day-to-day activities, let alone while giving birth.When you’re experiencing any sort of discomfort, the immediate reaction is to hold your breath. This will cause you far more discomfort, as well as making you
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Simple tips to make birth easier & safer

Stay Warm Darkened Room Quiet Relax Privacy Feel Unobserved Breathe Trust Your Body Eat Nourishing Foods, Drink Plain Water Over the past few millions of years, humans and mamals have been giving birth without the use of hospitals, doctors or epidurals, for the most part, very effectively. The female body is designed to give birth very successfully and efficiently without
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Safe & Effective Pregnancy Massage

BENEFITSMassaging a woman from 13 weeks onwards during her pregnancy is a fantastic way to keep a mum-to-be relaxed and comfortable as her growing body accommodates the new weight. To massage a woman before 13 weeks pregnancy, you will need to be highly trained. The main benefits of regular safe and effective mama massages are: Relief of pain Improved circulation
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Effects of nutrition during pregnancy & birth

“If you breed what isn’t healthy, you are bound to get offspring that aren’t healthy either”1By eating healthily and getting a good level of all the nutrients before conception, during pregnancy and into motherhood, a woman can build her stores to a safe level for her and her baby to thrive. Even if she finds she has morning sickness in
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Why & How to Relax During Childbirth

Relax… your body knows what it’s doing so you don’t need to do a thing! You don’t need to think about what comes next or what position you should or shouldn’t be in, or whether you’ve left the iron on! You’re having a baby and your body loves it.When your baby is ready to be born it will signal to
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