Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Acupressure for Birth

Last posting I talked about Spleen 6, a powerful acu-point for hormonal balancing and labor preparation and support. Using the same touch techniques to access that point, include Kidney 3 and Bladder 60, on either side of the ankles to encourage downward movement energetically, as well as to relieve back pain, and encourage labor to progress.

Kidney 3 is located behind the inner ankle and Bladder 60 is located behind the outer ankle. Squeeze both at once between the ankle and Achilles tendon.Apply pressure gradually, with attention and intention, as she exhales. Release the pressure with the same attention.

Press these points every half hour when helping to initiate contractions, working both sides of the body simultaneously if possible. Hold each point for at least 5 minutes, encouraging the client to envision the cervix softening and dilating, imagining hormones coming into full strength to promote labor, envisioning energy flowing without blockage throughout her body.

Acupressure points are not magic buttons that will cause a change immediately; they need thorough and consistent attention over a period of hours or days to be effective.

When searching for a point, ask how it feels; the woman may notice a special sensitivity when you touch the point, a discomfort, a zing of energy, or a pulsing. Or she may not feel much at all. Think of the body as a temple in which it is appropriate to enter quietly and respectfully; use that same respect and caution when touching a point.

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