Postnatal massage can help reverse the ageing signs to complement the recovery of your body. Fetal cells released during pregnancy keep curing your body. Stress reducing massage effects can help utilise this body’s ability better. Specialised bodywork techniques elevate postural discomforts, take tension from the upper back and shoulders, relieves joint pain, headaches. It’s proven effective treatment for the lower back pain 1
Postnatal massage helps to recover after birth
Postnatal massage can be like a breath of fresh air to a new mother. Long pregnancy, hours of labour, caring about the newborn 24/7 does takes it toll on your body. Not to mention sleep deprivation, stress and constant nudging pains. In the end of the day you are so exhausted that you don’t remember your name.
Why your back aches after the delivery?
50-90% of women experience lower back pain while pregnant. Back and neck pain postnatally usually comes as a surprise. Where does the pain come from. The answer is simple. The loose abdominal wall and increased breast weight during the postpartum period creates stress on the postural muscles. New mothers lift baby more than fifty times a day.
Breastfeeding, winding or just holding newborn puts an additional stress on your body. Fluctuating postpartum hormone levels combined with physical changes may increase excessive joint and spine mobility resulting in back and neck pain. Implications of pregnancy on your body doesn’t stop after delivery. You still may have forward tilted pelvis and loose pelvic ligaments years after the childbirth .
Postnatal massage helps to heal your body
Many new mothers feel stressed. Breast diseases during breastfeeding are associated with higher levels of psychological stress. 2 Stress experiencing mothers would stop breastfeeding earlier 3 We all know that longer breast fed babies have better cognitive development. The unique nutrients in breast milk benefit the baby’s developing brain. 4 Postpartum massage reduces stress by altering hormone levels, lowers anxiety and assists with successful lactation.
Postpartum massage is a good alternative for treating postnatal depression. Course of massage treatments on depression and anxiety can have comparable results to psychotherapy 5 Additionally to that it can improve the way you respond to stress. Relaxation during massage will allow the body to shift into the parasympathetic state that alters cortisol and serotonin levels. Some professionals believe that the act of scheduling and receiving a regular treatment makes new mother feel in control of her life and emotions.
Massage improves sleep by reducing stress hormones. Sleep deprivation and stress are associated with weight gain, because, your tired brain can’t estimate how much energy you need resulting in overeating habits. 6 Sleep restoring postnatal massage may play a part in losing your baby tummy faster.
What to expect during your treatment
Positioning during postpartum massage is important. Even if you can lay on your stomach, your breasts will be very tender. Proper cushioning or side laying position can take this discomfort away. Your body will feel more fragile and sensitive. Especially if you receive postnatal massage just after birth. What used to feel relieving and good now might cause you pain.
Pressure will be adjusted to your comfort. If you had a C-section delivery, you must get obstetrician’s clearance before receiving postnatal massage treatment. No stretching techniques will be used before the scar is healed.