Last update: 2014-11-25
Relax and breathe regularly. Staying calm will help the mother to stay calm too.
The touch must be gentle but firm.
Put your whole body into the massage, not just your hands and arms. You might find that rocking your body back and forth will help with the massage.
In certain positions used during labour, the woman is leaning or resting against her labour partner. These positions are ideal for a massage.
A massage is not just a back rub. Although the back is the most massaged area, you can also massage the arms, legs, inner thighs, hands, feet, neck, face, and scalp.