Having a baby is physically and emotionally demanding. A massage for new mums is not just about alleviating aches and pains, but is also a chance to get out of the house and have some time (even if it is only an hour) for themselves. All the worries can be temporarily pushed into the back of their minds.
Physical touch helps to bring awareness back to the body, which needs just as much attention now than during pregnancy. Women, who used to have deep tissue massage, often find that postpartum they prefer to have a gentler, therapeutic massage. It helps to loosen up tight muscles and, at the same time, it induces deep relaxation.
HOW IT WORKS
Women can lie on their sides or back if their breasts are tender from breastfeeding. Usually the neck and shoulders need a good release; also a gentle abdominal massage can be beneficial as the digestive system is often sluggish after delivery.
WHEN IS IT SAFE TO HAVE A POSTNATAL MASSAGE?
As the body needs to heal and adjust to physiological and hormonal changes, it is recommended to wait six weeks before having a massage. However, this depends very much on the individual; as with pregnancy and childbirth, recovery time differs. If in doubt as to whether it is too early to have a massage, it is good idea to ask your midwife and massage therapist for advice.
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