Acupressure for Labour Instruction

What is acupressure?

Using finger pressure on key acu points around the body, acupressure aims to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. It can be particularly supportive for relieving pain, balancing the body’s energy and helping to maintain good health. Acupressure can also help to support the reduction of muscular tension, increase circulation and enable deep relaxation.

Many people choose acupressure as an alternative to acupuncture, with a treatment that works on the same principles but without the use of needles. Acupressure therapy can also be taught to help you self-treat. These techniques are easy to learn, simple to use and a great way to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

Acupressure Instruction

One-to-one acupressure instruction for the birthing woman and her birth partner with Rebecca Geanty, will give you and your partner the tools to help you be in control of your labour pain, support a relaxing birth and potentially lessening the need for pain relief and medical interventions. 

You will learn a set of acu-points that you and your partner can use to assist the natural process of labour. 

With research reporting acupressure reduced the incidence of caesarean sections.(1) Acupressure has also been reported to significantly reduce the need for epidurals and caesarean sections when used as part of a complementary antenatal intervention. (2)

Your birth partner does not need to be good at massage. They just need to follow your feedback to apply firm continuous pressure you find comfortable.

References

1. Smith CA, Collins CT, Levett KM, Armour M, Dahlen HG, Tan AL, Mesgarpour B. (2020) Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management during labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue

2. Art. No.: CD009232. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009232.pub2 2 Levett KM, Smith CA, Bensoussan A & Dahlen HG. (2016). Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. BMJ Open, 2016 Jul 12;6(7):e010691. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010691.

“My husband Doug used the back pressure points that we had learnt in the workshop, and I used the hand/thumb point at the start of each contraction and had brilliant results. They instantly took the edge off, reducing pain significantly. This then gave me the chance to get my breathing under control which I couldn’t do without the acupressure. We both were relieved and comforted to have something “to do”... We would highly recommend it.”

Amy and Doug (and baby Lily).

Price: £65, which includes a 2 hour instruction and a printed booklet.

To book a private acupressure for labour session or buy a gift voucher please call treat's Reception Team: Tel:01603 514195 or [email protected]