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Couples Massage Training For Pregnancy & Labor

This class helps couples to connect and feel more confident leading up to and while being in labor. This training shows your partner many comfort measures he or she can use at home and during labor. It will include your partner in the entire labor process in a very meaningful way. This course gives couples a feeling of control and empowerment through having tools to take action prior to labor and while in labor. Please inquire with Nicole regarding private or group session information.

Some Of The Questions And Fears Many Couples Face When Heading Towards Labor Are:

Will I be able to support her? How will I be able to support her while she’s in pain? What will labor be like? What can we do to feel more connected during labor? Will I be able to help her the way she needs me to? Will I be able to handle the pain? How will my partner support me?

 In This Class You Will Learn:

  • how to help alleviate back pain and other pain conditions associated with pregnancy
  • how to be a supportive birth partner through nurturing touch
  • how to help induce labor
  • how to encourage or increase contractions
  • how to decrease back labor pain
  • how to find effective and therapeutic acupressure points to aid in labor
  • how to apply the correct pressure to acupressure points
  • how to help diminish anxiety and bring peace to your partner in labor
  • how to speed up labor


In a study, fathers learned to massage their pregnant wives conducted progressive muscle relaxation. Massage therapy lowered the fathers’ anxiety and improved marital adjustment.

Twenty-eight women were recruited from prenatal classes and randomly assigned to receive massage in addition to coaching in breathing from their partners during labor, or to receive coaching in breathing alone (a technique learned during prenatal classes). The massaged mothers reported a decrease in depressed mood, anxiety and pain, and showed less agitated activity and anxiety and more positive affect following the first massage during labor. In addition, the massaged mothers had significantly shorter labors, a shorter hospital stay and less postpartum depression.

Latifses, V., Bendell Estroff, D., Field, T., & Bush, J. (2005). Father massaging and relaxing their pregnant wives lowered anxiety and facilitated marital adjustment. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 9, 277-82.