Relaxation Techniques – Touch Relaxation

Another technique that can aid dramatically in developing your skill at relaxation is touch relaxation. In touch relaxation, you respond to your partner’s touch by relaxing tense muscles toward his hand. Practicing this nonverbal form of communication helps you learn to respond during labor to your partner’s touching, stroking, and massaging with complete relaxation. To …

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The Best & Most Comfortable Pregnancy Pillows

The pregnancy pillow is one of the most widely known maternity gadgets. And the reason why it is so renowned is the special design of the pillow that provides ultimate comfort for pregnant ladies during sleep, and allows them to adopt their favorite relaxing position whether it’s lying on the back or on either side. …

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Relaxation Techniques – Total Body Relaxation

In our previous article on body awareness/tension recognition, we have addressed how to develop a sense of body awareness and recognize muscle tension. The next step in refining your relaxation skills is to relax your entire body. The Total Body Relaxation exercise will help you to do this using verbal cues and mental images. As …

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Relaxation Techniques – Body Awareness/Tension Recognition

Several steps are involved in learning to achieve total relaxation. Once you have mastered the Body Awareness/Tension Recognition Guide, you can move on to the more advanced relaxation guides. Practice with your partner, and make an audiotape that you can use if your partner is unavailable. Body Awareness/Tension Recognition The first step in learning relaxation …

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The Labor Partner’s Role in Relaxation

A very important part of your role as a labor partner is to recognize tension in the woman. During labor, the woman may be so involved in what her body is doing that she becomes tense without even being aware of it. During practice, you should visually and physically check her for signs of tension. …

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Relaxation – A Skill For Life

Learning to relax is not just a skill for labor, but for life. This tool will benefit both you and your partner, who also learns the techniques. Many tribal cultures believe that pregnant women should be protected in a calm environment to ensure the health of the baby and a good delivery. Modern medicine is …

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Tools For Labor – Beyond “Hee Hee” Breathing

Childbirth training prepares you for birth on three levels—mentally, emotionally, and physically. You prepre mentally by learning all that you can about the natural process of labor and birth, and about the complications that sometimes arise. You also become aware of various comfort measures that can reduce pain perception and provide relief. Emotionally, you are …

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Exercises For The Relief Of Discomfort

The following exercises are deigned to provide relief for specific discomforts. Become familiar with them, so that you can use them when necessary. Rib Cage Stretch Benefits: Relieves tension in the upper body. Helps relieve indigestion. Directions: See “Rib Cage Stretch” subsection on the “Sustained & Conditioning Exercises” post. Neck Circles Benefit:Relieve tension in the …

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