Your first postnatal massage is designed to release birth-related tension and can be quite an emotional experience. The space is created to honour, protect, understand and support your journey. Postnatal massage can help reduce anxiety, help stimulate milk flow, balance your hormones, and reduce tension in your neck and shoulders from breastfeeding. A specialised postnatal cushioning system optimises comfort and is designed to avoid contact with engorged breasts.
A Motherhood Massage helps you to fully embrace your new role as a mumma. It is a combination of nurturing and nourishing, utilizing both relaxation and releasing techniques to help facilitate and ease the body's transition to recovery post childbirth. Remedial massage techniques help reduce pain and reset the body's posture to its pre-birth state.
Your body undergoes dynamic changes in the first few weeks and months after birth. Physiological changes throughout every system in your body occur immediately after birth. And many metabolic and hormonal adaptations continue for several months after birth. Massage can help the body return to its natural equilibrium at a faster rate. Massage is safe after birth and no waiting time is necessary. Checkout WHEN to see precautions which may be relevant to you.
Becoming a mumma is a beautiful but intense and tiring transition. Juggling new routines and pre-existing family demands means mumma's often come last. But here's a tip: you will confidently say "I am a better mumma" after taking regular time in to look after your mental and physical wellbeing.
And you can bring your newborn up to 6 months old if you wish. While it is more relaxing when you come by yourself, it is not always possible. A bassinet can be set up in the room and it is ideal if you book your appointment around sleep time.
The toddler years take their toll on an already sleep-deprived mother if you do not look after yourself. Don't wait until it's too late and you're aching and suffering chronic pain from years of poor posture. Receive an energy boost with a massage designed specifically to meet your needs as a busy Brisbane mum. Wherever you are along the spectrum of motherhood, stepping away and taking time in to rest and restore your body and mind will provide you with the energy you need in order to keep up with your children. Massage can further help your body prepare for more children, and correct dysfunctions from postural challenges which become chronic after negative lifestyle factors such as carrying a child on one hip. You will not only feel the physical and energetic benefits, but you will be a better mum. Guaranteed.
While it is more relaxing when you come by yourself for your postnatal massages, it is not always possible. Incorporate a ten minute "Bub Rub" into your package to help babe settle to sleep.
Studies of babies have found regular massage helps treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems as well as helping babies gain weight at a faster rate.
Please discuss your bub's sleeping arrangements upon booking as a bassinet is available on request. If your baby is actively awake, there are plenty of toys to keep them entertained.
A great idea for mother's group activities, this is a popular and stress-free way to receive a quick fix. Whether at a park or someone's home, invite Mother Earth Massage to your local meet up or mother's group. You will be amazed at how good you feel after a 15 or 30 minutes chair massage. This is a super-fast fix for breastfeeding mummas suffering from sore neck and tight shoulders. Alternatively, you can hold your group gathering at the Bardon clinic, where both chair and table massages are available. The downstairs area has plenty of children's toys and bikes for young kids to entertain themselves and there's a great café on the corner to grab a cuppa or a healthy fix. The massage takes place away from the noise in the peaceful clinic upstairs. You can fully relax, trusting your babe or child is in the safe hands of other mummas.
Why should I have a postnatal massage?
Benefits of Embodying Motherhood Massages help you continue the flow of happy endorphins post birth.
Other research based benefits include –
- Clearing your body of birth pain and support healing experiences when birth or attachment does not go according to plan
- Bring you into the present so you can encourage the flow of happy endorphins post birth. Deep relaxation allows emotional and muscular release
- Treat specific musculoskeletal problems which arise as the body's posture returns to its pre-pregnancy state
- Reset your posture by releasing muscles that were locked into a long or short position, for example, your lower back muscles can shorten as the lordosis or back arch increases
- Release hip or joint pain, which may occur as the levels of relaxin start to decrease in the first few days after birth and the ligaments and cartilage begin to return to their pre-pregnant position
- Stabilize the pelvis and hips as the centre of gravity realigns itself. Generally, hypermobility of the joints stabilizes between six and eight weeks, although relaxin may remain in the body for four to six months
- Promote the continuing release of labour-induced hormones that repair the immune system
- Stimulate a sluggish circulatory system to eliminate toxins
- Encourage the removal of any remaining fluid and swelling in the joints
- Reduce pain in your neck and shoulders, which may result from nursing and carrying your newborn or toddler
- Reduce occurrence of postpartum headaches, which often occur during the early weeks
- Stay free from anxiety, depression and stress due to the release of the mood-enhancer, serotonin, and thereby promote more restorative and restful sleep
- Support your body's return to its natural equilibrium, which is changing continuously during recovery due to hormonal shifting
- Feel grounded and centred and increase your body image confidence
- Aid the healing of a Caesarean birth scar by keeping the connective tissue pliable and flexible. Massage can help reduce the formation of adhesions between the soft tissue layers, enhance the aesthetic appearance, eliminate fibrosis and encourage emotional connection and healing energy into the site of trauma
- Stress inhibits the production of prolactin, diminishing supply of breast milk. Oxytocin (OT) is a hormone known to facilitate social bonding, and touch can affect OT release. Oxytocin triggers the drop down reflex of milk, making it easier for you to breastfeed your baby. Learn which acupressure points to stimulate to encourage oxytocin release and how to self-massage your breasts to open blocked ducts and reduce the risk of mastitis
When should I have a postnatal massage?
Massage is completely safe after natural birth and no waiting time is necessary. In fact, massage within the first week or two of birth can help ease the 'down' that is often experienced 3-5 days after birth. Massage helps the hormones begin to settle following the initial surge of oxytocin to support bonding. Changes occur to the hormonal, cardiovascular and reproductive systems and there could be musculoskeletal problems such as pelvic girdle instability, diastasis recti or neck and shoulder pain from poor breastfeeding posture. The postnatal period is defined as the six weeks following birth, during which time the physiological and anatomical changes of pregnancy and birth are reversed.
Many changes occur within 10-14 days and it is advised to receive bodywork during this time. The ongoing rate of recovery varies depending on your health and the labour process. However, it is safe and highly recommended to incorporate postnatal massage into your recovery plan as soon as you are feeling ready.
A postnatal massage package makes it affordable for you to receive ongoing physical and emotional support. Massage during this time helps balance the effects of changes to your body, hormones and emotions. A specialised postnatal cushioning system optimises comfort and is designed to avoid contact with engorged breasts, while still allowing you to lie prone or on your tummy.
6 Weeks – 18 months
In western society, women are expected to bounce back from birth within weeks, but the reality is it can take up to several months for the body to stabilise. Relaxin stays in the body for 6-8 weeks or longer, so ligaments and joints in the pelvic and lumbar area may still be feeling painful.
A phrase "mothering the mother" (Kennell et.al 1993) values the importance of a mother's health in order to be at her optimal for her child. It's during this time that many mothers experience health issues, especially muscular pain due to incorrect posture during breastfeeding or unbalanced carrying and co-sleeping positions. Months of a bent neck while hunching over with rounded shoulders during breastfeeding can cause tension as muscles tighten. With experience in Remedial Massage and Personal Training, our postnatal treatments can help correct poor postural habits before the pain becomes chronic. This incorporates releasing the tight muscles and teaching corrective exercises to strengthen weak muscles.
Exhaustion and fatigue from sleep deprivation also sets in, and lack of sleep can lead to postnatal depression. Massage reduces levels of stress hormones - such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine - which in some people can trigger depression. Massage helps reduce depression by producing chemical changes in serotonin levels in the brain that result in a feeling of relaxation, calm and well-being.
Massage can be beneficial as soon as you are able to lie comfortably on your tummy and you are out of the acute injury phase, which is generally up to 72 hours. A specialised postnatal cushioning system optimises comfort and minimises pressure on a C-section scar. It is also cut away to avoid contact with engorged breasts, while still allowing you to lie prone or on your tummy.
In the first six to ten weeks, it's critical to assist healing the scar tissue with gentle massage stimulus to the scar area. To avoid chronic or recurring pain, the tissue needs to be stretched and the adhesions broken up and mobilised. This helps avoid restriction and increases flexibility and movement in the area. This window of remodelling the scar tissue is the ideal time to seek massage to enhance scar healing. The best time is when you are still feeling some tenderness but the swelling and pain has reduced.
If the pain has gone altogether, it is too late to stress the maturing connective tissue and help optimise the scar tissue recovery through stimulation. Initially, a therapist will massage around the scar tissue and help the associated muscles to relax. You will also be guided so you can perform self-massage daily at home.
Precautions should be taken for –
- Women with varicose veins or a history of venous obstruction. Blood clots in the calves can be present for up to 10 weeks postpartum. Massage is still allowed, however the style is changed on the legs. Acupressure points are used to expedite removal of fluid waste. Firm pressure as desired can be used on the rest of the body.
- Infection and fever and excessive bleeding
- Scar tissue (caesarean) and pelvic floor (episiotomy) sensitivities during first 7 days