Perineal Massage

This technique is from HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method written by Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy.

Pour a little of the oil (virgin olive oil, sweet oil, almond oil, apricot oil, or a lubricating gel … avoid perfumed oils) into a custard cup or shallow bowl.  (Be sure to discard oil that is left after massaging – do not reuse.)

Sit with your back resting against pillows and get comfortable.  It’s a good idea to use a mirror during the first few times that you do this exercise.  It will assist you in identifying the muscles involved and allow you to observe the easing of the edge of the perineum.

Dip your thumb into the oil and thoroughly moisten it.  If a partner is doing the massage, he will use the first and middle fingers.  The thumb or fingers should be dipped into the oil to the second knuckle and inserted into the vagina approximately two to three inches, pressing downward on the area between the vagina and the rectum.  Rub the oil into the inner edge of the perineum and the lower vaginal wall.

Maintaining a steady pressure, slide the fingers upward along the sides of the vagina in a U, sling-type motion.  This pressure will stretch the vaginal tissue, the muscles surrounding the vagina and the outer rim of the perineum.  Be sure to stretch the inner portions as well as the outer rim of the perineum.  In the beginning you will feel the tightness of the muscles, but with time and practice, the tissue will relax.

Practice relaxing the extended muscles by picturing the perineum opening outward as pressure is applied.

~ by cmb0414 on August 7, 2010.

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