Massage

POSTPARTUM MASSAGE

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Postpartum massage is a full body massage that can help ease women into motherhood by offering both physical and emotional benefits after birth.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

Muscle Relaxation: Postpartum massage relaxes muscles, increases circulation, and lowers stress hormones, bringing both physical and emotional relief.  Some women prefer a light-touch massage, while others opt for a deeper massage that reaches further into the muscles and soft tissues of the d for more complete healing.

Pain Relief: Its’s normal to experience achy muscles after childbirth.  A postpartum massage can help relieve pain, especially in areas that are prone to getting sore like the arms, shoulders, and back.

Hormone Regulations: Hormones like estrogen increase at a significant level during pregnancy and then decrease after delivery.  Postpartum massage can help balance your hormones, as well as your mood.  Massage can work to balance naturally occurring chemicals that are linked to depression, including dopamine and serotonin.

Decreased Swelling: During pregnancy body fluids typically increase by about 50%. After pregnancy, a a postpartum massage can help increase circulation and lymphatic drainage so that the body can effectively process excess fluid and restore balance.

Better Sleep: It’s common to feel exhausted after giving birth and especially as you take care of your newborn. Massage can help ease fatigue, support relaxation, and improve quality of sleep.

Improved Breastfeeding: Postpartum massage has been shown to increase a lactation hormone known as prolactin, which increases milk production.

Postpartum Depression: This is a severe type of depression that affects some women after giving birth. Symptoms include mood swings, withdrawing from friends and family, loss of appetite, and difficulty bonding with the baby. Massage can help to alleviate mild “baby blues,” but professional medical assistance is needed for clinical depression.

METHODS

Postpartum massage occurs within the first 12 weeks of giving birth.  A full body massage can be given in any position and can be adjusted for your comfort.  A trained therapist will help facilitate your massage and create the best complement to your post-delivery care. If you have concerns or complications related to postpartum massage, consult your doctor.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Postpartum massage offers many benefits to women, but, like any type of treatment, there are some risks to consider. Massage can increase blood flow and potentially affect certain health conditions. If you’re experiencing any of the following conditions, talk with your doctor before scheduling a massage:

  • high blood pressure
  • congenital heart disease
  • preeclampsia
  • recent surgery or injury
  • infection