What is Shake the Apple Tree?

shake the apple treeLoosen the fruit by giving the branch a rhythmic jiggle! The jiggling activates the stretch sensors of the muscles and creates room for baby to move. This is a technique that relaxes the muscles more than the birthing person can do by mental relaxation.


How to Shake the Apple Tree

You can use a birth ball to rest on while using a Rebozo to Shake the Apples.

The labor position can be standing, hands-and-knees, Forward-leaning Inversion, or Open-knee Chest. Or, you can simply lean over a counter/dresser or another similar piece of furniture.

This can be done with your hands or by wrapping a traditional Mexican Rebozo across the buttocks and giving the ends a shake. Jiggle for about 20 minutes. Listen to the birthing person to make sure your efforts are relaxing!

Warning: Never shake your abdomen vigorously. There’s a baby there!

Shake the Apple Tree Stories

MT Conference Oaxaca 2002.

Gail shakes the apples for parents in active labor. It’s so relaxing for the birthing muscles.

Partera Angelina Martinez was my influence. And although I learned it from her it was long enough ago where I’m sure I have changed her traditional methods along the way (which matters). As a student I assumed everyone knew how to use a Rebozo. I use it between contractions for at least 3 to 15 minutes. I’ll use the couch or bed as an incline as well. She was awesome. I’d love to sit with her and learn again knowing what I know now. I’ve never called it anything in particular.

Love you Gail!

Nicole Franklin Morales

CPM, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer

I was taught a technique in my doula training that was called “apfel-schtuken” (if I remember correctly). Sounds like it might mean “stuck apple” in German. Anyway, it was where the mom was on hands-and-knees rocking forward and backwards. As her doula, I was positioned behind her and when she was at the closest point to me in her rocking, I gave both her sitz bones a gentle yet firm “thunk,” sending her forward again. It’s a little awkward to do, but I got a baby to get out of a funky position he was lodged into using that technique. Sometimes apples need a little help, ya know!

Amber Kay

Massage Therapist, Doula

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