Postnatal Massage

Postnatal Massage London

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. Postnatal bodywork is an effective and holistic approach for the many adjustments to motherhood.

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 birth, you can receive a massage as soon as you want you, as long as your condition permits.  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 baby’s birth 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).


Treatment is 90 mins at the comfort of your own home

Price:
1 session: £95
3 sessions: £275 (minimum recommended)
10 sessions: £900

Email Alexa for more information or to book

Terms:
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer
Pre-paid sessions to be used within 3 months
We regret that we do not accept credit cards. All rates include tax
You can always cancel an appointment without charge please give me as much time as possible

I could write a book about Alexa’s post natal massage! What started as a “push present” from my husband, that one session at home a few days after giving birth brought me back to life. Alexa has been coming home twice weekly since. After 2 epidurals (one incorrectly installed and re done 10 hours later), combined with the hurdles of labour, felt run over by a truck and the back pain would not go away, except for those 90 magical minutes twice weekly that left me feeling like a human again. Numb hands, stiff shoulders, twisted neck, humongous post pregnancy mummy tummy… Alexa took care if every bit of my sore body. In a couple of the first sessions Alexa even put the baby on my breast to feed her and continued with the massage like it was the most natural thing in the world. That’s one of the sweetest memories I hold with my little newborn baby girl. And the belly massage techniques are so unique, with heavy discharges afterwards indicative of clearing of clots. During pregnancy the scans showed an endometrioma and a cyst, and around 2 months after Alexa’s post partum belly massages I went for a scan to see if they needed to operate to extract them. When the lab technician said he could not see anything and it was all clear I could not believe my luck. Imagine undergoing an operation while attending to a newborn! Not short of a miracle, I was over the moon and I am sure Alexa’s advanced techniques contributed to this. Oh, and the glandular massage does help with milk output, with some extra milk the day after each session. When you are breastfeeding you always worry if the baby has enough and this has helped a lot! I am forever grateful to Alexa. My baby daughter is nearly 5 months and Alexa keeps coming home to make our lives better with her magic. She knows the female body like no other, and as I always tell her: Every new mum should have an Alexa!! – Alex, November 2019