Induction massage – Essential oils and acupressure massage can help bring on labour. This is appropriate if you are post 40 weeks or are booked in to have a hospital induction pre-term and would like to try to avoid too much medical intervention (see Disclaimer below*).
A bespoke blend will be made for you after an initial consultation followed by an aromatherapy massage performed in a side-lying position to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Some of the oils that can help prepare the body for childbirth are: Rose, a uterine tonic that also has an analgesic effect and Clary sage, a uterine relaxant with anaesthetic and antispasmodic properties. Please note that these essential oils are not used earlier in a pregnancy.
Much of the treatment is similar to a relaxing pregnancy massage but includes stimulation of specific acupressure points to encourage the cervix to dilate (e.g. Large Intestine 4, Spleen 6 and Spleen 9 – these can be sore). I will encourage you to breath slow/deep breaths through these – which will in turn help you in labour.
Disclaimer: * this is not recommended pre 40 weeks for any other reason but is regarded as safe post 38 weeks to encourage the cervix to soften. The physiological conditions that lie behind labour commencing are complex and whilst aromatherapy and acupressure can be helpful in stimulating contractions they do not guarantee that labour will progress immediately.
Several treatments may be required but I will also encourage you to eliminate other stresses, mental or physical, to switch off from work and to rest as much as possible.