Postpartum massage, also known as postnatal massage, is tailored for the woman who has had a recent birth whether it was vaginal or by C-section. Pregnancy massage techniques in postpartum treatments are a combination of Swedish and therapeutic manipulations designed to provide relief and promote healing. Gentle stretches and joint manipulations are also incorporated into the treatment.
How Massage Benefits New Moms
The postpartum period can be a fragile time for a new mother both physically and emotionally. She usually finds her body has been altered by pregnancy, birthing, and hormonal shifts. Daily life is more physically demanding with the bending, lifting, holding and carrying of an infant combined with the depletive effects of sleep deprivation. Breastfeeding and bottle feeding positions may also cause strain through the mid back, neck, and shoulders. Furthermore, new hand and arm positioning to secure the baby while feeding can strain sensitive ligaments in the wrist and hands. Postpartum massage will help to promote relaxation and may improve sleep. It relieves stress and pain caused from tense muscles, both from giving birth and caring for your new baby. It can also be beneficial in helping the body return to its pre-pregnancy state by restoring the uterus and other organs to their original state and improving blood circulation. Most of all, massage promotes your emotional, mental and physical well-being so that you can be the best mom possible.
Babies Welcome to Postnatal Massage Appointments
Due to breastfeeding schedule or a desire to remain close to their baby, some postpartum massage clients opt to bring their infant along to their appointment. In my therapeutic practice, infants are absolutely welcome and accommodated during their mothers’ sessions. The massage table has breast recesses for the nursing mom and allows her to lie comfortably on her stomach. Or if baby needs feeding, Mom can be switched to a side-lying position.
When to Start Postpartum Massage
Usually, postnatal massage clients wait until their 6-week postpartum appointment to receive medical clearance for massage. It is highly recommended you consult with your doctor or midwife prior to receiving a postpartum massage.