massage can't start labor, but it can prepare the mother. If massage could start labor it would be used as a form of abortion which it is not. There are however special trigger points of reflexology on the ankles for female reproduction, the shoulders and web of thumb that when deeply pressed with intent can encourage labor. This would be deep specific pressure with intent. That is the key intent.
I had a client who wanted her baby to come that weekend and her husband got off work at 5 pm. I told her where to start pressing and when and told her to press deeply. She had her baby with 20 minutes of pushing using a birthing bar. Ask your MidWife or Doula about it. If you don't have one, get one! You'll be happy you did.
at 2:52 PM on Apr. 26, 2009