How Postpartum Massage Can Benefit New Moms (and Their New Babies)

August 18th, 2014
Postpartum Massage

When you become pregnant, everyone around you instantly becomes an expert on pregnancy and childbirth. Personal stories, websites, books, classes—you’ll be showered with information whether you want it or not.

But for some reason, people never talk about the months following childbirth. This elusive “fourth trimester” is of course a magical time where you relax, recover and bond with baby, but it’s also a period of transition. Your body has just gone through tremendous physical upheaval, and suddenly you have a beautiful new person in your life that you have to take care of and get to know. You’re tired, you’re sore, you’re emotional, and you’re so focused on the baby that you forget to make time for yourself. Is it any wonder why it’s so hard to adjust to this new lifestyle?

The 12 weeks following childbirth are an especially important time for mothers. The way you care for yourself during this time has lasting effects on your health for years to come.

Our registered massage therapists are here to help you navigate the challenges you face during this exciting time. We’ll help your mind, body and spirit recover from this monumental event to give you to the best start in your new life.

Massage can:

Increase your energy

Recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn requires an incredible amount of energy. And when you throw sleep deprivation into the mix, your physical and mental exhaustion may reach new heights.

Massage is a safe and natural (and caffeine-free!) way to boost your energy levels. It increases circulation, increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to your body, and improves your overall physical and mental state.

Help you sleep better

Sleep deprivation and motherhood go hand in hand. There’s no way around it—newborn babies are wired to sleep in short stretches.

Massage won’t bring your household night after night of sleep-filled bliss, but it will help you make the most of the sleep you do get. It has been shown to improve quality of sleep by boosting serotonin, lowering stress hormones, and reducing pain, leaving you more refreshed and rejuvenated.

Boost your immune system

When you’re a new mother, nothing is worse than having a cold. Nothing! You have a little one who constantly needs you, and you simply can’t put your life on hold while you get your health back on track

Massage is a natural, drug-free way to increase your chances of staying healthy all year round. Among its many immunity-related benefits, massage increases the number of lymphocytes (the white blood cells that fight off infection), improves lymph flow and enhances circulation.

Relieve backache and other pains

Being a mother takes a huge toll on your body. On one hand you still have weak core muscles from pregnancy, and on the other you’re constantly carrying around a little being who’s not getting any lighter.

A post-natal massage will reduce muscle tension and fatigue, address any minor postural changes, and help alleviate aches and pains that occur after pregnancy.

Give you much needed me time

Having a baby is a magical experience, but it’s also a demanding one. After birth, it can be hard to find time for yourself, but a massage can be just what a new mother needs. It’s a nurturing and blissful way to soothe your mind and body.

These are just a few of the ways massage can help you ease into your new life as a mother. If you have any questions for our Registered Massage Therapists or would like schedule a massage, you can contact us or book an appointment online.