Benefits of Massage for New Moms

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles

Massage Benefits for New Moms

The nine months of a curious mix of pampering and pains have finally yielded the fruit that goes beyond your expectations. But the pampering does not end there. New moms should treat themselves to generous doses of caring massage that does not just nourish their bodies but replenishes their souls and gives them their well-deserved relaxing breaks. Their arduous days thanks to taking care of a new-born and being bombarded with the stress of too much advice, deserves massage breaks.

Whether it is the first pregnancy or the fourth, the body goes through the same wide range of physiological, hormonal and emotional changes. Most women take massages when pregnant to nourish their bodies and provide the best for their yet-to-be-born. But they often forget about themselves right after their child is born and become too involved in the lives of their young one. While paying attention to the new-born is of utmost importance, the next most important thing to do is care for themselves – the new mom. Even if the new mom was not able to take advantage of a pre-natal massage, it is important to take advantage of the post-natal or postpartum massage due to the following reasons.

Alone Time

New moms don’t have any time for themselves, even for a short shower or a proper nap, so the relaxing massage will be the perfect opportunity for new moms to take care of themselves. This will not just be a physical break, but also an emotional one, that will allow new moms to spend time with themselves and take stock of their lives and organize themselves better.

Relief from Aches and Pains

Massage helps relieve various muscular aches and pains that accumulate due to lack of physical exercise and repeated need to support the young one. It also helps remove any meabolic wastes and medications still in the system. It can help relieve the body of uncomfortable constipation. The regular aches of new moms like those of the upperbody from breast feeding, lower back from rocking the child or sitting too long, or leg aches from moving around with child, bending and lifting, can be cured with massage. Massage helps release endorphins, which are natural pain killers secreted by the brain.

Massage for Moms

Prepare the Body

Regular massages for new moms will prepare the body for the upcoming stresses of when the child grows up and starts moving around. It also helps bring the body back to the pre-pregnancy state. The kneading and stroking actions help tone and tighten the stretched areas of the tummy. It also lightens stretch marks with the use of almond-based oils and lotions.

Rejuvenate

Quite often many new moms experience a curious phenomenon of frustration, depression combined with tiredness. All this is due to a hormonal imbalance and is perfectly natural. Massage helps relieve the mind of its stress. It helps cope with postpartum depression and also helps new moms engage in an activity where the mom is at the forefront.

What is great about massages for new moms is that it can happen within the comforts of the mom’s home. Many massage places also offer day care facilities for young children or make provisions for the child to stay with the mother till the mother is comfortable leaving him or her with someone else.

Massages are not just for people who are under stress because of work or arduous physical activities, they are also for moms who are dealing with the huge responsibility of a new-born’s life and have themselves undergone a tough time physically. So, go ahead and pamper yourself with a massage, today.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
 
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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