Postnatal massage aids childbirth recovery. A treatment corrects the things that can be put right after childbirth, and to sooth any ongoing discomforts into easier manageability, and help you return to optimal comfort. There is a lot going on with the new challenges of mothering for your first baby or the next baby, and massage makes an effective difference in restoring your sense of self and touching base with your newly felt post-pregnant body.
What is Postnatal Massage?
- Postnatal massage is the treatment you have after your baby is born and is specifically focused on a woman’s recovery, ensuring she feels internally comfortable and intact after childbirth.
- A combination of massage techniques and stretches are used to personalise the right treatment and prioritise specific areas of need, as well as giving an all over massage.
What products do we use for Postnatal Massage?
We use light, absorbable and nutritious oil to massage all of our clients and particularly so, when massaging both pregnant and postnatal women; for whatever they put on their skin will be absorbed into their bloodstream and to some extent, into breastmilk, which is why quality of product is most important. For these reasons, we choose organic and cold-pressed coconut oil and castor oil that is highly nutritious for your skin. (Castor oil is particularly high in essential fatty acids and good for scar tissue and stretch marks.)
In addition, we may use balms and waxes that are based on bees wax and nut-based oils with additives of essential oils and herbs. The use of essential oils intensifies a treatment and we are mindful of the correct oils to use and proper dosage for both pregnancy and postnatally.
What happens in a Postnatal or Postpartum Treatment?
- Postnatal treatment corrects what can be put right, or is smoothed into easier manageability to help you heal and recover from labour and childbirth, to ease any postural breastfeeding difficulties and soothe the nervous system of a sleep-deprived mother (or new father). The first treatment after your baby is an important one and enough time is provided to talk about your experience of childbirth if you would like to.
- A debrief if required, gives you a healing space to acknowledge and gain perspective of your childbirth experience and how it is for you now. After the birth, life gets BUSY… Adjusting and adapting to your new baby, second, third or otherwise is a very big deal and a treatment that allows time for you to talk about your experience as well as enjoy a massage treatment, helps your recovery even more.
Recommended first treatment is 1.5 hours. That provides sufficient time to attend to your whole physical recovery. You can bring baby along and mostly that works! If not, we still make it work for you and baby. Better still, as an existing client, your baby can have their first complimentary BABY BOWEN to gently help its recovery and entry into the world!
Contra-indicated (not recommended) for Postnatal Massage?
If you are unsure for any reason about having a postnatal massage (e.g. a caesarean birth) , please discuss it with your practitioner or doctor to ensure a massage will aid your health and wellbeing.
It is true that a woman’s body is still soft and vulnerable to injury in the immediate period after birth, but by about 10 days or 2 weeks post, it’s a good time to begin some gentle massage work at home (mobile service) or at our clinic.
Establishing breastfeeding is a major process in your life as a new mother. You can expect to be breastfeeding about 6 – 8 times in any 24 hour period, everyday for a while. Unfortunately it is easy to develop early problems in attaching your baby to the breast. Postural tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck are common areas of discomfort. Massage and Craniosacral therapy help to unwind that tension and more. We will give you post-treatment exercises and tips to keep your back stretched, strong and supported and in good shape.
Problems re breastfeeding
- Your posture and baby’s in ‘bringing baby to the breast’ – it should be upright as opposed to stooped over the baby.
- Not getting breast tissue (nipple and as much of the aureola as possible) into baby’s mouth will cause baby to graze on the nipple causing pain and inefficient draining of the breast as baby is not attached properly.
- Adequate elevation of baby on your lap with a pillow or similar, so baby can be effectively brought to the breast for your greater postural comfort and ease of feeding. Oftentimes when baby is cranky (especially if baby is crying and you both get a bit frantic!) you can forget to support yourself adequately. This is particularly important when baby is small, as in a newborn. An older baby (from about 5 months on) depending on size, will generally sit quite comfortably in your lap and not require any elevation to the breast anymore.
- The lymphatic system is very busy during breastfeeding, transporting various fluids around a woman’s body, and more so in establishing early breastfeeding (the first 2 -6 weeks post-birth), and at times of stressful overload, massage is particularly useful in assisting the load of the lymphatic system
I hope this information will give you sufficient understanding of a Postnatal Massage and the benefits you can expect to receive; and the confidence to make an appointment to support your health and wellbeing, during this busy, rewarding and challenging time of growth.
“Claire has been my massage therapist for 5 years. I initially went to see her during my first pregnancy during which I saw her on a monthly basis to alleviate the back pain associated with carrying a baby. After every visit she always managed to fix the areas that were causing aggravation, allowing me to have a much more enjoyable pain free pregnancy. I have continued to see Claire over the years and she always assesses my problem based on our discussion prior to the session and then works on my body accordingly. Claire has a very thorough understanding of the body and actively massages the related areas needed to rectify the problem areas. I have never walked out of Claire’s office without having significant pain reduction that always within the next day, it has completely disappeared. I have no hesitation in recommending Claire, she is the best massage therapist I have ever gone to and I know when I go to see her that she will always fix the problem.”
Postnatal Specialised Recovery
When you are ready to get back into physical fitness, it’s important that your needs are compatible with the right kind of fitness and instruction. You might be advised to see a physio or a specialist in post-birth exercise.
Reasons to join a specialist post-birth exercise and fitness group:
- If you have had any kind of birth or afterbirth difficulty, a small group is going to work for you best.
- Correct and safe approach to exercising.
- Small group participation means the trainer is available to you.
- More fun in small groups.
Read more about Kylee Todd and her particular style of postnatal specialised recovery. Or ring her on: 0406 975 934
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Incorporating specialised remedial and therapeutic techniques as is required, to meet the individual needs of the pregnant woman and her baby. A specially trained practitioner will treat the pregnant woman to assist with the tensions and discomforts experienced during pregnancy. Massage reduces peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain.
Benefits of Postnatal Massage?
- Corrects and manages difficult pregnancy and labour outcomes such as pelvic misalignment, sciatica, carpel tunnel syndrome,which can continue past your baby’s birth
- Relieves muscle tension due to new repetitive movements such as breast feeding and holding your baby, lifting & carrying, positioning your baby in cradles, cots and baby capsules.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system and circulation helping to eliminate excess body fluids and reduce fluid retention, such as ‘jelly belly’
- Ease breastfeeding difficulties
- Aids the body to remove unwanted toxins, keeping you active and energetic
- Relaxes the body and mind so you can be at your best for your baby and you!
“The postnatal massage was so worth the labour.”
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Testimonials to check out what our other clients say!
The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Rd
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040
M: 0438 216 351
“Claire’s postnatal massage helped me bounce back mentally and physically after my second baby. I would recommend it to every new mother.”
Claire is a specialised practitioner, trained and experienced in pregnancy, labour induction massage and postnatal massage. You can expect the most effective massage treatment for you, personalised, therapeutic and beneficial for your health and wellbeing.
Postnatal massage treatment package
Our Postnatal massage treatment is a special package of therapeutic massage techniques and lymphatic drainage to really restore you. Choose from a single treatment or a postnatal package of 2 – 4 treatments designed to improve as many areas of your recovery. Consider lymphatic drainage for a post-birth ‘wobbly’ tummy, remedial massage for tight breastfeeding shoulders and back, myofascial stretching for tight hips and post-birth pelvis, and Gua Sha for a focus on problem areas. At your first treatment, we will design a treatment package for you, according to your needs and budget.
Call us to discuss your treatment package.
The Healing Practice
The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Rd
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040
M: 0438 216 351