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 POSTNATAL MASSAGE 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.
The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy offers appointment slots for 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes. To consult treatment fees, please visit the fees page on their website. Please note that a 10% discount is available on block bookings.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER
As a special introductory offer, The Putney Clinic is offering Yoga Mama Wellness clients a 15% discount on Postnatal MOTs. For more details, click here.
All massage bookings are managed by The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. Online booking is currently unavailable. So, in order to book, please call 020 8789 3881 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Yoga Mama is unable to process these bookings.