What are the benefits of a postnatal massage?
Massage therapy can help a woman strengthen herself emotionally, too. Massage decreases stress hormones and promotes endorphins—especially beneficial to new moms coping with the radical physical and psychological change from pregnant woman to new mother.
A postnatal massage will help:
- To ease sore spots and relax muscle tension. The whole process of childbirth has been a strain on your body, particularly your abdomen, lower back and hips.
- Increase the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles, getting rid of the toxins.
- You feel relaxed. Massage encourages the body to release endorphins – the natural pain killers and feel good hormones secreted by the brain.
- Your body to release oxytocin. Oxytocin triggers the letdown reflex which releases milk from your breast. This means that you might leak breastmilk during your massage so keep your breastfeeding bra on with some breastpads in.
- Speed up recovery from a caesarean section if you’ve had one. Although you need to stay clear of your wound as long as it hasn’t healed, gentle massage to the area thereafter will increase blood supply and help with internal healing. (read: Lymph Drainage for Pregnancy)
- Improve well-being and immunity by stimulating lymph flow.
- You cope with the baby blues and postnatal depression. Some experts say that a massage is an excellent stress buster and mood elevator.
“The most powerful aspect of massage is that it’s a time to just feel and learn where a mother’s own boundaries are, and that’s especially important when a child is living off her own body,”
After childbirth, a mother’s body is faced with new challenges. From carrying babies to changing diapers, breastfeeding to bathing, these activities stress the backs of even the most posture-conscious women. In addition, soreness from delivery, engorgement or sore nipples, and general fatigue can cause a mother to unconsciously slouch, putting additional strain on muscles.
Postnatal massage concentrates on alleviating the strain and regaining health. This includes stretching the back, lengthening the muscles, and balancing pelvic rotation. In addition, deep work and trigger-point therapy help release strain built up over the months of pregnancy.
If nothing else, a postnatal massage will give the mother some time alone. The break will give her the strength to meet the many needs of baby and home. Or it might help her unwind for a nap if the baby is sleeping too.
Single Session for Pregnancy Massage – $60
Series of 3 sessions – $150