Post-natal Massage

Post-natal massage is one of the best ways to help you to recover from being pregnant. On a physical level massage will help to restore your abdominal muscles, address pelvic floor toning, improve circulation and lymphatic flow and relieve back and shoulder aches.

Touch helps the recovery process after the birth. It can relieve stress and trauma, especially if your birth experience differed from your expectations. Massage promotes your physical recovery and supports healing from the effects of any strains or medical interventions you may have experienced during birth. Massage can help to prevent postnatal depression and provide support should you suffer under post-natal depression.

With the new baby it is even more important to give yourself “me-time.” All your focus will be on your baby and it’s all too easy to forget your own needs. Not only your baby needs love, nurturing and care, you do, too, particularly when you give so much ... Post-natal massage will give you a much needed chance to relax, restore and re-energise.

Post-natal massage can support you with breastfeeding. Firstly, it will help you to feel calm, and this will be picked up by your baby. Secondly, it is much easier to breastfeed with loose shoulders, arms and neck. Thirdly, we can also do some specific work to help with engorged breasts and to prevent mastitis.

Women and baby ready for massage

Post natal massage can promote a positive relationship with your partner and baby: they can be involved in providing massage for you and your baby. Many of the techniques learnt in the birth preparation session can also be applied after the birth. I found it works really well if the partner has massage, too – they may have some of the same issues as you: back or shoulder ache, sleep deprivation, adjustment to parenthood ....

Until your baby is mobile you can bring him/her along to the session. More often or not you can plan it in such a way that s/he is asleep. Should s/he be awake we can integrate him/her into the session. Should you need to feed your baby during the session, you can either feed her/him laying on you side, or sit in a comfortable arm chair. Either way, I can work your shoulders, head and neck or your feet during this time.

Later, when your baby is mobile, it might be best to book a time when you have child care. Some women pair up with a friend, one looks after both babies while the other has the massage. Then they swap round. Others bring their partner, then one partner has a massage, while the other looks after the baby (and often reads the paper), then they swap round. The person looking after the baby can either stay with you in the room or be in a different calm and comfortable room. Alternatively, they can leave the premises for an hour or so, there are several small Cafés nearby.

Mum and baby after massage

I have undergone specific training in post-natal massage with Well Mother. This was an in depth course extending on the basic skills already covered in my pregnancy massage diploma course. Of cause my training in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapies are also relevant post-naltally.

List of treatments
Myofascial Release (MFR) - Saving Hands massage -
Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® - ATMAT -
- Seated Acupressure - Indian Head Massage - Pulsing - Reiki -
- Reflexology - Tsuboki Foot Massage - Hopi Ear Candles -
Hot and Cold Stone Massage - Myofascial dry cupping -
Aromatherapy Massage - Aromatherapy Lymphatic Massage (ALM) -
- Fertility Massage - Pregnancy Massage - Post-natal Massage -
- Dorn Method - Breuss Massage -
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - Deep Oscillation -
- Holistic Facial - Face Vitality - Total Detox -

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