Postnatal Massage

Postnatal massage is the best way to care for yourself and your baby after birth. As a new mother, you need to take care of yourself while caring for your newborn. Postnatal massage can help you decrease the discomforts of afterbirth and help you relax and feel cared for during this intense time of your mothering journey. Postpartum massage can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy. Postpartum bodywork is an effective and holistic approach for the many adjustments to motherhood. You may be surprised to receive much more than a spa retreat.

Postnatal Body Changes

Your body is now going through significant changes. During the first few weeks of postpartum, healing has to occur in the site within your uterus where the placenta was attached.

This is an internal scar that slowly heals as your uterus gets smaller. As a result, you may be experiencing mild to severe cramping, or your pelvic floor may be very sore…

Afterpains

Afterpains are experienced by mums who have just given birth. They feel like labour contractions and may last for a few hours to a few days. Afterpains are more intense and last longer if you had other births and they get worse with each child.

Afterpains are also felt during nursing. As the baby stimulates the breast, oxytocin is released causing uterine contractions. This can be unpleasant, but it is also a sign that your uterus is returning to its pre-pregnancy size. Consider that this process will take a few months.

Body Healing After Giving Birth

After birth not only your uterus, but your intestinal tract and urinary bladder have to regain their original positioning after being pushed to the side to make room for your growing baby. Your abdominal muscles may now be very relaxed and flaccid, you may feel especially weak and sore when attempting to sit up.

During this time, your breasts become enlarged, sore, and sensitive as the milk ducts go into production. Breastfeeding can put strain on your back and shoulders. A soothing postnatal massage will help you greatly.

Benefits of Post-Natal Massage

Massage after giving birth can help with:

    • Low back pain
    • Neck and shoulder pain
    • Scar healing
    • Headaches
    • Hand and wrist pain
    • Postural dysfunctions
    • Depression
    • Weakness and fatigue
    • Re-establishes pelvic alignment
    • Supports healthy lactation
    • Facilitates Mum and baby bonding
    • Reduces stress hormones
    • Provides deep relaxation. This is very important when you become exhausted after night feedings
    • Relieves shoulders and neck pain from carrying and breastfeeding a baby
    • Helps restore the uterus to its original state
    • Helps to eliminate excess body fluids and reduces fluid retention
    • Helps in weight loss by giving new tone to your muscles
    • Increases blood circulation
    • Helps you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, it is easier to meet the needs of your newborn.
Taking Care Of Yourself

Regular massage during the postnatal period is very beneficial to all new mums. Postnatal massage addresses physical discomforts, as well as your emotional state. Body, mind and soul are nurtured and rejuvenated, helping you be the best mum you can be.

Like all new mothers you too need to recuperate from childbirth as your body changes. Make sure you have someone cooking special meals for you and minimise your work in your house so you can get plenty of rest and care for yourself and your baby.

Postnatal massage is a wonderful way to recuperate from childbirth and ease into motherhood.

The stress from childbirth and time your spent caring for your newborn may be hard on our body. Postnatal massage not only gives you nurturing and emotional support to help you gain back your lost energy, but also helps the body return to its condition before pregnancy.

Childbirth puts your entire body under a great deal of stress. Your muscles especially are under the same level of stress as someone running a marathon.

When to Start Postnatal Massage

For a normal delivery, you can start 5 days after your delivery as long as your condition permits. In fact, post-natal massage can be done at any time and basically as soon as the new mother feels ready. Of course this depends on the individual, as for some it may be within the first week, whereas for others it may take a few months. I recommend post-natal massage as soon after your deliver as possible to concentrate on the muscles most recently used during labor and delivery. It is the ideal way to ease yourself into motherhood also giving your body the rest and rejuvenation it needs.

Many mothers want to leave their baby in good hands and take a break. However, some mums prefer to have their newborn with them. I support the little visitor. Newborns usually sleep a lot and I will adjust the routine to baby, if needed (breastfeeding, etc). Extra time may be necessary if bringing the little one.

Price:
£95 for 90 mins – at your home

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