Why Postpartum Massage
While almost half of my clients come in for prenatal massage, my true passion is postpartum massage. Why? The physical, psychological, and energetic effects can be powerful. Massage can have a huge impact on recovery from birth, as well as
easing the often stressful transition of early parenthood. Here are just a few of the benefits:
Pain Relief - Residual body aches from pregnancy and childbirth are normal. Adding feeding and childcare can intensify arm, shoulder and back pain. Massage is an effective holistic approach that relaxes muscles and relieves pain without medication. A skilled therapist may also resolve associated numbness and tingling. Chronic or severe pain may require multiple sessions for resolution.
Hormone Regulation - Estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are very high during pregnancy and decrease rapidly after delivery. Prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels may rise to facilitate breastfeeding. Studies indicate that massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Massage also reduces naturally occurring biochemicals associated with depression (dopamine and serotonin) and cardiovascular problems (norepinephrine), supporting Mom with the challenges of early motherhood.
Better Sleep - Most new moms feel exhausted after labor and delivery, complicated with around-the-clock baby care. Massage will ease the fatigue, promote relaxation and assist with sleep. Studies have shown an increase in delta brain waves (those that accompany deep sleep) with massage therapy. That is why it is very common to fall in and out of sleep during a massage. Getting enough sleep is key to postpartum recovery. Everything improves when you feel rested!
Arrange some help with baby and get regular postpartum massages for better recovery, rest, and sleep. I often suggest that folks come in 3-6 weeks postpartum if you’ve had a vaginal delivery, 4-7 weeks postpartum if you’ve had a cesarean birth. But feel free to reach out if you have any questions about coming in outside of these suggestions.