The meaning of the word “relaxation” as used in Natural Childbirth may be very diﬀerent from your past experience. It is a skill that you will ﬁnd useful for the rest of your life. The benefit of learning and embracing relaxation is actually: Let it be! Get out of the way! Do not interfere!
Here is what the word means to me and to you, too, from now on.
Relaxation takes mental activity to keep you physically inactive.
In other words, you work hard with your mind to keep your body still and quiet! It is very diﬀerent from actual sleep, when our minds probably fall asleep before our bodies relax. Relaxing takes mental discipline, especially while the uterus is in hard contraction.
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