Postpartum massage can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy. Massage is well known for relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief and other health benefits. Unique postpartum benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding. More advanced therapy helps restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition, speeds healing, and assists with C-section recovery.
Anxiety and depression respond very well to skilled therapy. About two-thirds of new moms experience temporary postpartum blues related to hormonal changes, new responsibilities, and adjustment frustrations. The stress relieving aspects of massage are highly beneficial to new moms.
Massage greatly improves postpartum hormone balance. Estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are very high during pregnancy and degrease after delivery. Prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels rise to facilitate breastfeeding. Studies indicate that massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol helping new mom to be more relaxed and have better sleep.
You can begin receiving postpartum massages as soon as you feel comfortable. Check in with your doctor if you have maternal complications to get approval. I will position you comfortably if your abdomen or breasts are sore.