The Benefits of Post Natal Massage

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Pregnancy Massage

Post Natal Massage Utah

Therapeutic post-natal massage offers new mothers more than a wonderful way to relax and release stress. In fact, many studies have linked post-natal massage to better overall health for both mother and baby.

Post Natal Massage Benefits

  • Hormone Regulation – Approximately two-thirds of new mothers experience some degree of anxiety and what’s been coined as the “Baby Blues.” This is due to drastic changes in hormone levels after giving birth, along with the new challenges a baby brings. Post-natal massage coupled with emotional support has been shown to be a powerful tool in relieving temporary postpartum depression.
  • Swelling/Water Weight Reduction – New mothers often experience a great deal of swelling, up to a 50% increase in water weight, during the weeks following pregnancy. Skilled massage helps restore proper fluid balance to the body, increasing circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system to eliminate waste. Tissue massage allows the transfer of fluids to the proper areas of the body.
  • Better Sleep – Better or deeper sleep is imperative for new mothers who are often overwhelmed, exhausted and sleep deprived. Studies have linked post-natal massage to better sleep among new mothers, showing an increase in the brain waves associated with deep sleep. Many new mothers fall asleep during massage, which is perfectly natural. Deeper improved sleep is one of the most important factors that influences healing, happiness and overall well-being.
  • Improved Breast Feeding – Breast feeding can be a beautiful yet challenging experience for new mothers. Post natal massage relaxes the chest and shoulder muscles, which in turn increases milk production by heightening the levels of the lactation hormone prolactin and opening the chest wall.
  • Pain Relief – The majority of new mothers have various aches and pains associated with childbirth and infant care. Massage relieves aches and pains holistically as the body releases endorphins, barring the need for pain medication that can negatively affect new mothers, actually increasing feelings of fatigue.
  • Pre-Pregnancy Body – One study suggests that post-natal massage may also help women return to their pre-pregnancy body by reducing belly fat through kneading and stroking motions. This is exciting news for most postpartum women.
  • Stress Relief – Giving birth and caring for a new baby can lead to stress for new mothers. Post-natal massage relaxes tense muscles and lowers stress hormones in the body, while increasing “feel good” endorphins, which ultimately causes a feeling of overall well-being and calm.
  • C-section Recovery/Lightening Stretch Marks – Post natal massage helps speed up recovery after a C-section and may lighten stretch marks. Gently massaging scar tissue as it heals helps keep the tissue soft and supple, smoothing out the injured skin and increasing circulation to the area.

How Soon After Birth Can You Receive a Massage?

You may safely receive your first post natal massage immediately following birth, and are encouraged to do so.

The exception to this is new mothers who have had a Cesarean section. In this case, you must wait until your scar has healed completely. Most women heal in a one to two-week time frame. Be sure to confirm that you have healed enough to receive a post-natal massage with your physician.

Include Post Natal Massage In Your After Pregnancy Care

As a new mother, it’s important to make time for yourself. When you feel relaxed and peaceful, that feeling extends to your little one. Make post natal massage a part of your after birth recovery, and begin your journey towards overall well-being. Schedule your first massage postpartum with Matrix today. Rediscover total relaxation. After all – you’re worth it.

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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