Acupressure is a simple, safe, and non-invasive technique that has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and discomfort during all stages of labor. Applying pressure to specific acupuncture points can promote the flow of vital energy needed during labor. This energy can be viewed in Western medical terms as the release of endorphins to block pain receptors, dilating the cervix, and increasing efficiency of contractions. It allows a woman in labor to settle more comfortably into the waves of contractions and encourage her to open and connect with her body rather than close and resist pain.
This class will cover specific acupuncture points for labor, their function, and location on the body. One of the benefits of acupressure during labor is that it is a hands-on technique that encourages partner involvement, so please bring your birth partner and/or support people. We will also provide a booklet to take home. This class will be offered quarterly.
This class will be facilitated by Merry Reasons, Associate Acupuncturist at Acupuncture Denver. Merry has been in practice since 2004, and specializing in fertility, prenatal and postpartum care, pre-birth acupuncture, and women’s health since joining the practice in 2008. She has had extensive training in acupuncture for labor and delivery and is passionate about creating a safe, healing space for clients to open their heart and trust the journey in front of them.