What is a Postpartum Massage?
sometimes as early as the first 24 hours to one week after birth; so long as
there are no complications and with a physician’s or midwife’s medical
clearance of course.
The purpose of receiving a postpartum massage is to help with recovering
from the intensity and demands of labor and birthing. This type of massage
is different from a regular spa session in that instead of using deep
penetrating strokes, your therapist will use light to medium pressure with
broad strokes. Each massage can include focus areas of discomfort but will
include a full body massage.
What are the Benefits of receiving a Postpartum Massage?
Relaxation and Stress Reduction –
hormones, and offers relaxation and stress relief. The body can benefit
greatly from therapy after nine months of pregnancy, labor, and birth.
Postpartum mothers may also enjoy adding additional bodywork therapies
to their session such as Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy for
a more complete recovery, but any of the above techniques will bring
relaxation and reduce stress.
Pain Relief –
Residual body aches from pregnancy are normal and adding certain
positions when breastfeeding can intensify neck, shoulder, and upper back
pain! Massage therapy can be a very effective and holistic way to treat
muscle and joint pain without medication.
Hormone Regulation –
Massage therapy greatly improves hormone balance. Estrogen and
progesterone hormone levels are very high during pregnancy and decrease
after giving birth. Prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels rise to facilitate
breastfeeding. Research shows that massage therapy reduces the stress
hormone cortisol. Massage aslo reduces the naturally occurring
biochemicals associated with depression (dopamine and serotonin) and
cardiovascular health (norepinephrine), giving support to the challenges of
Decreased Swelling –
During pregnancy, body fluids increase to about 50% in volume. Massage
therapy increases circulaton and lymphatic drainage to facilitate the
elimination of excess fluids and waste products. An imbalance in hormones
can also cause fluid retention. Massage therapy helps hormone regulation
which decreases swelling.
Better Sleep –
Most new mothers feel exhausted following labor and birth, compounded
with around the clock newborn care, and sleep deprivation. Fortunately
massage therapy can ease symptoms of fatigue, promote relaxation and
help with getting back to sleep.
Improved Breastfeeding –
many benefits for both the newborn and new mother, but frequent
breastfeedings and positions throughout the day can be taxing on the neck,
shoulders, and upper back. Incorporating frequent massage therapy
sessions can help aleviate these discomforts.
Research shows that massage therapy increases prolactin levels (an
important hormone in lactation) and breast massage (and myofascial
release) can reduce breast pain and swelling.
Aromatherapy During a Postpartum Massage –
postpartum mothers. Essential oils are pure extractions from plants and
can assist with relaxation, hormone balance, cleansing, and treatment of
anxiety and depression. Although, most high quality oils are safe and
non-allergenic after pregnancy, let your therapist know if you are nursing.
Application of essential oils can be diffused into the air or added to a carrier
lotion, cream, or massage oil and applied topically.
Adding Self Care In The Postpartum Period –
with a few stretches that you can do at home based on your treatment plan.
This will help you to maintain the benefits received during your session as
well as managing daily aches and pains.
Massage can improve post delivery recovery and health for many women.
Supplement the advice of your medical care provider with massage therapy
to support the transition to your new role as mother.
Mobile Massage – Service Areas for The Milky Way:
Consider treating yourself to either an in Office or in Home Postpartum
Massage by completing a “Service Request Form” from this website today!