Having carried, grown and nurtured your tiny miracle for nine months, your body will have experienced many changes.
Not only is your body recovering from childbirth (which in itself is likely to have put a strain on your body, particularly your abdomen, lower back and hips), but your new job as a mum (including lifting, carrying, feeding and falling asleep with your baby in strange positions, sleepless nights, and tension and worry about your little bundle), may be causing a whole new series of aches and pains.
After having a baby is the time when you need a massage the most. Your body has been through a great deal and you definitely need some TLC! The postnatal period is a time for healing, rest and recovery, and massage can help with that process.
Whilst there are many obvious physical and emotional benefits to massage, post-natal massage can also help:
· release tight diaphragms to support correct breathing and alignment
· support diastasis recti recovery by realigning the body and easing tensions to give the diastasis the best possible chance to heal
· aid c-section recovery, reducing the sensation of pulling, increasing blood supply to the area and helping with internal healing
· improve ‘mum’ posture and ease muscle strain from pregnancy and labour
· minimise postnatal related aches and pains
· release knots and muscular tensions as a result of postural changes, feeding/holding your baby, and the inevitable worry that comes with being a new parent
· ease constipation and help with digestion as your organs take time to re-adjust and come back into place
· encourage the release of endorphins and oxytocin which can assist in milk production for breast-feeding mums and enhance mood for all
· improve well-being and immunity by stimulating lymph flow
· provide some much needed ‘mum-time’.
Debbie Rice offers postnatal massage at Halos Clinic on Mondays and 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month. For more information or to book an appointment with her please contact Halos reception 01883 713434.