Restorative After Birth Massage And Benefits


Woman having a massage

Restorative after birth massage is designed specifically for women who have just given birth.  In the months following childbirth a woman’s body undergoes tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, this massage helps alleviate the discomforts, aches and pains that every nursing mother complains about.

Benefits of Restorative After Birth Massage

The restorative afterbirth massage is designed to help restore the body back to its normal condition, promote more restorative and restful sleep, addresses the stress of carrying and caring for a newborn and is the ideal antidote to postpartum blues.

It helps restore a mother’s body to its pre-pregnancy condition and it helps to realign the body weight and tones the over-stretched skin over the belly. It reduces hip size, relieves fluid retention and helps return the uterus back to normal. Postnatal massage also helps speed healing after cesareans and natural births as well as relieves muscle tension and stress from mothering duties.

Re-establishes pelvic alignment

Supports healthy lactation

Facilitates mama and baby bonding

Helps remove metabolic wastes and  medications still in the system

Provides deep relaxation

Reduces stress hormones

Scar healing (C-section scar tissue reduction)

Reduces stretch marks​

Reduces headaches

Postural dysfunctions

Reduces weakness and fatigue

Alleviates depression

Increases blood circulation

Relieves low back, shoulder and neck pain from carrying and breastfeeding a baby

When To Start Restorative After Birth Massage

For mothers who delivered naturally or without complications, you can start your postnatal massage as soon as you are comfortable and ready. For caesarean delivery, it is best to wait for at least two weeks after giving birth or when the incision is properly healed before starting postnatal massage sessions. Although you need to stay clear of your wound as long as it hasn’t healed, gentle massage to the area thereafter will increase blood supply and help with internal healing. But let your doctor first confirm if you are ready for massages before you start.

If nothing else, a postnatal massage will give you some time alone. The break will give you the strength to meet the many needs of your baby and home. Or it might help you unwind for a nap if your baby is sleeping too.

A massage may be risky if

You have skin problems such as rashes, blisters, boils and eczema

You have any medical complications

You have high blood pressure; a lighter type of massage may be more suitable

You have a hernia

It’s always best to speak to your doctor before you start going for massages to make sure they are right for you.

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