The experience of labour is different for every woman because it’s depended upon the body structure and resistance power of the body. But nobody can avoid the pain at that time. By using aromatherapy massage during labour helps you to relax and cope with the contraction. It can also reduce the tension and fear you will naturally feel because of its calming effect on your nerves system. You may find that early on in labour you like feeling of quite firm pressure but as your contraction become more intense gentle strokes may be all you can bear.

If you have already experienced aromatherapy massage earlier in your pregnancy than your partner will have an idea of touch that is most helpful to you.

Tummy Massage
This is helpful in the earlier stages of labour, and the movements are soothing when the contractions feel like period pains. Use three drops of chamomile or lavender oil in 4 FL oz (100ml) of a light carrier oil.

1. Using relaxed hands, make a figure of eight movement across the tummy and under the bump. This movement
should be light especially if the tummy is tender.

2. Gentle stroke around the bump, using your fingertips in a circular motion.

Back Soother
Use three drops of chamomile or lavender oil in 4fl oz (100ml) of a carrier oil.

1. With the heel of your hand apply pressure to the small of the back. Gently move your hand in an
anticlockwise circular movement while keeping firm contact with the skin.

2. Place one hand on top of the other in the small of the back and allow heat to build up under your hands.
These movements are helpful for contractions felt in the lover back. If you are too sensitive to be
massaged or even touched on your body, try the following aromatherapy relaxers.

Face Soother

Add a few drops of the lavender or rose oil to some chilled rosewater. Dip a small face sponge into this mixture, then smooth it over your forehead, down your face and neck, gently and rhythmically. Alternatively, your partner can do this for you. The flowery aroma is very comforting and helps to take your mind away from the labour pains.
Scented Water Soother
Kneeling n a deep, warm bath can be soothing in the earlier stages of labour, and the addition of relaxing aromatherapy oils intensifies this experience. You can take any oils from this list: Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Geranium. Your partner can help take your mind off the pains by rhythmically pouring warm, scented water down your back.

Hand Soother
When the contractions become difficult, this simple touch reassuring and helps to create a feeling of safety.

1. Ash your partner to rub a little lavender oil (in a carrier oil) into the solar plexus area on your hand.

2. Now, he or she can gently stroke and soothe your hand, keeping a reassuring contact with you. Concentrate
on relaxing into the touch.

One for your partner
If he or she is becoming weary, inhaling the following can help. Inhale neat:
Rosemary, Neroli, Petitgrain, Lavender, Peppermint.

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