Types of touch
Effleurage - general massage stroking
Light touch massage - very soft, some poeple find this a bit tickly. It's sometimes used along with hypnotherapy techniques.
Acupressure - holding specific points
Compression / Holding - containing the body, generally using your body weight
Any type of touch that you normally find comforting and relaxing may be good during your labour. This is hugely personal and you may find that you'd prefer stronger or lighter touch to normal - or no touch at all. Communicate with you birth partners to help them help you.
Here are some techniques that can be in your 'toolkit' ready if you need them:
You can use balls or a rolling pin to give pressure and take some strain off the hands and wrists.
Using a scarf to 'contain' the body and gently rock / sift
Massage oils can be lovely, especially if you're in an unfamiliar space they can provide a comforting smell.
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