It can sound a little scary right?
You’ve wanted a massage after your pregnancy but had concerns how it may affect your health.
Let’s take a closer look at what post natal massage is, and what it can do for you.
Giving birth is a special moment to a woman’s life.
The moment is always exhilarating and life changing; but as most moms know all to well, it can be extremely painful experience as well.
Pain during childbirth unavoidable of course, but getting postnatal massage is the best remedy to help you get to feeling better after having your baby and lowering your stress.
So what is post natal massage?
Postnatal massage is a whole body massage given to mums, every day for up to forty days after giving birth.
It is a superb traditional practice for new mums to soothe them. It can also be relaxing in midst of chaos of welcoming a newborn home.
Moms can start receiving postnatal massage as soon as they feel comfortable.
The therapists should ensure mom is properly and comfortably positioned, specially if your abdomen or breasts are sore.
Your therapist should recommend that you first consult a medical provider before coming for postnatal massage, this is important if they had maternal complications during childbirth.
Though any position is safe prenatal massage, it’s advised that any position that is comfortable for the mother is good for this type type of treatment. Many moms like to lie with their face-down as a change of position due to lying on their sides over the ninth months of their pregnancy.
While many new moms like the face-down position for massage, still others dislike lying face down due to breast discomfort or leaking breast milk. Specific issues like pelvis, shoulders or legs can be treated effectively and comfortable by side-lying position.
For most situations, it’s best for mom to lie on her side or perhaps in a semi reclined position
Communication is key so tell your therapist what positions you are most comfortable in.
Massage enhances post-delivery recovery and improves health for many moms and can be a great supplemental treatment.
A professional therapist can assist their clients with educational, emotional and physical support to help you find joy of motherhood. Make sure to consult your physician before beginning any therapeutic treatments and have them address any complications or concerns.
Postnatal massages have many benefits but in a certain situations will have limits.
You should avoid massage if you have eczema rashes or any other skin infection. This not only protects you from infection, but also the therapist from contracting an infection and potentially passing it on to another client.
Receiving massage on an infected area will only worsen the skin condition in the affected area.
You should also consider avoiding massage therapy treatment if you have high blood pressure or have been diagnosed with a hernia.
In the cases where the baby was delivered by cesarean, mom should hold off on having any massage or bodywork done until the cut is healed or approximately 6 – 7 weeks. Make sure the cut is completely healed and again consult your doctor.
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