Copeland added that the massage therapy helps focus a woman on her breathing, to which Case agreed.
“When you’re in labor, I’ve learned, you can become so overwhelmed by the pain that you can’t focus to control your breathing,” Case said. “With the help of massage therapy and with the help of everyone I had around me, I was able to kind of let my pain go and be able to be focused.”
Copeland said it’s about letting a person’s body do what it was meant to do.
“It helps you allow your body to do what it was made to do,” she said. “It is a body function that you haven’t done yet, but it is what you’re made to do. As an adult, you think ‘I’m the master of my body,’ but not that day.”
Massage therapy is also useful after delivery, she said.
“I had a massage both days after delivery, which was really nice,” Case said. “It was a time of the day that you can turn the lights down, because when you have a baby you have people in and out of the room constantly and it was a nice time to at least have that time to relax during the day.”
Gayle McDonald, who works in guest services, was aided by massage therapy after complications from a surgery. She said she was allergic to the medications she got after the surgery, which made her sick.
“I can’t explain how much better I felt even though I was still sick,” McDonald said. “My body just felt better after she gave me the massage. I was able to concentrate and just rest and just let that yucky feeling go away for a minute.”
Copeland said in McDonald’s case, she was once again working on the back.