This is exactly the time you should be contacting a professional masseuse like Alison to aid you in restoring your balance, using tried and tested formulas, with her many skills and talents using massage and aromatherapy combinations made just for you. At this point, it’s still possible to bring you and your changing body back into equilibrium. Thus regaining control will help you cope with the ongoing changes through the journey into motherhood.
Postpartum massage helps restore the muscle tone in your abdomen and reposition the pelvis. Every woman's body undergoes quite a bit of structural disturbance whilst carrying a baby/ babies, and this needs realignment; massage is just the best therapy to assist with smoothing the body slowly back to a place of balance.
All mums need postpartum massage; whether they have had a natural or c-section delivery. The changes the body goes through, both physical and mental, to adjust to being a mum can have long term effects if the mum is not given extra TLC and good support.
Having a monthly postnatal massage should be part of your recovery plan until the baby is 5 months old, and for some mums even longer, as everyone’s hormones re-stabilize on different time schedules.
This will allow you to recover fully, and stimulates the production of Endorphins - “happy hormones”, which are the body’s natural pain killers and are most needed with less sleep occurring and the change in your lifestyle routine.
Benefits of Postpartum Massage:
- Encourages pelvic and abdominal organs to return to pre-pregnancy positions
- Increases energy levels and reduces fatigue
- Aids in returning uterus to normal size
- Aids in releasing toxins and increasing flow of oxygenated blood to the muscles.
- Strengthens immunity by the stimulation on the lymphatic system
- Relieves muscle tension from birthing process and hastens the body’s recovery
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Scar healing
- Hand and wrist pain
- Postural dysfunctions
- Weakness and fatigue
- Re-establishes pelvis structural integrity
- Supports healthy lactation if nursing, helps with milk letdown or engorged breasts
- Mom and baby bonding
- Reduces stress hormones
- helps you handle the physical demands of a newborn
- speed the healing process of haemorrhoids or an episiotomy
- reduce cellulite
- ease muscle aches and fatigue
- reduce swelling in the legs or any other area
- The sessions provide mum and babe a safe place to get emotional support
- Mums that are breast feeding often sit in odd positions and desperately need relief from tight shoulders, necks and arms from the long hours spent breastfeeding.
- Massage also helps the body to release oxytocin, which is needed in the chemical/hormonal relay system for the let down reflex, to release breast milk.
- If the mother presents with blocked ducts, helps loosen clumps or mastitis - light smooth massage strokes are performed (never do vigorous massage of any kind on breast tissue)
Postpartum care, though often overlooked in our western culture, is an important part of completing the birthing process. Many medical experts say that regular massage is an excellent stress buster and a mood elevator, thus helping with baby blues and post-natal depression. Often mothers must take it upon themselves to ensure that they are receiving the emotional and physical support that they will need following their pregnancy and the delivery of their babes. A good massage whilst baby is sleeping or being cared for is all one needs to have a break, to have some alone time, boosting and building your energy, so you can gain fresh strength to meet the new demands of your new family.
History of Postpartum Massage
The most ancient documented information on postnatal massage comes from the wonderfully diverse Indian culture where even today, mums and newborns are confined and given daily massages for up to 40 days.
Traditionally, japa Indian maids were trained to perform postnatal and newborn massages. They would move from family to family in one village performing their talents for 40 days, helping out with baby care and household chores too.
However, postpartum massage is not exclusively Indian and recordings of such treatments can be found in Swedish, Greek and even as far back as Egyptian times where mums were massaged and bathed in goats’ milk.
Today, postpartum massage is performed by specialist masseuses and Doulas. This treatment is highly beneficial for the mother’s body in the midst of the chaos of bringing a newborn home. The main aim of this massage is to stimulate healing and to energise the mum’s body, and so traditionally, the massage starts with the feet and moves upwards until it finishes with a back and head massage.