Happy moms make happy babies. Sounds about right, doesn’t it? But, even for those who’ve always dreamed of becoming a mother, the stress, sleep deprivation, and constant worry of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. Yet, even with all your responsibilities as a new mother, you still need time to care for yourself so you can be at your best. And, research studies have long shown that getting a massage during and after your pregnancy isn’t just good for you, but great for your baby, too.
If you are looking for a safe, effective way to improve your health, body, and mood following your pregnancy, you can schedule a postnatal massage in Calgary with Vantage Integrative Health + Wellness. Read on to learn more about all the exciting benefits of postnatal (postpartum) massage therapy.
The Top 7 Benefits of Postnatal Massage for Calgary Mothers
As practitioners, we’re pretty familiar with the many benefits postnatal massage can deliver for new mothers, including pain reduction and improved healing. Yet, even we were surprised by the benefits some of the latest research studies have brought to light.
- Recovery time reduction — In a world where “what makes you feel good must be bad for you” (we’re looking at you, chocolate cake), postnatal massage doesn’t just make you feel better, but also speeds up your recovery time as well. This enhanced healing that comes with massage therapy also factors largely in our next point.
- Depression and anxiety relief — Anxiety and depression typically go hand-in-hand, and if you’ve read our section on prenatal massage, you’re probably pretty familiar with the terms “glucocorticoids” and “cortisol”. Glucocorticoids are a class of stress hormones that are sort of like the long-haul trucker version of adrenaline. While these hormones are important if, say, you had to run for several miles to get away from a sabretooth tiger, long-term excretion of cortisol during stressful periods can really take on a toll on your state of mind, healing ability, and your effectiveness in nursing. The answer? You guessed it — postnatal massage!
- Milk production gains — When you feel relaxed, your natural processes simply work better. If you are having trouble supplying enough milk for your newborn, postnatal massage may be just the ticket you need to a healthier, happier baby (and one that sleeps better, too).
- Digestion help — After giving birth, you have a lot of built-up fluids and “stuff” that no longer serves a purpose and has nowhere to go. Massage helps to eliminate toxins and excess fluids by enhancing your blood circulation and speeding up the digestion process.
- Energy boost — You may feel like ordering a venti mocha frappuccino with a triple shot of espresso, but then there’s that “moderation” aspect you have to abide by as a breastfeeding mother (drats). But, postnatal massages have proven effective in helping new mothers achieve the balance and clarity they’ve been sorely missing — especially after too many sleep-deprived nights.
- All those happy brain chemicals (yay!) — Recently, researchers at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center conducted a study measuring blood hormone levels of adults after a 45-minute massage. They were amazed to find a significant drop in stress hormones and a boost in happy hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin. There’s truly never been a healthier way to get happy, especially for breastfeeding mothers!
- It will help put all your parts back together — Even if your labour was smooth sailing and blue skies, your pelvis may need some repositioning; your abdomen some toning; and, your whole body may need some TLC to help you get back to your pre-pregnancy physique.
The Best Time to Start Postnatal Massage
To preface this question of “When is the best time to start postnatal massage?”, it’s important to note that not every delivery is the same, so therefore you should always follow the advice of your doctor before beginning postnatal massage therapy. But, the general rule of thumb is that vaginal deliveries (without complications) can begin massage therapy as soon as the new mother feels comfortable in doing so, which is typically after a week or so. Those who have undergone Caesarian sections, or complicated deliveries with postpartum bleeding, should check with their doctors before starting pospartum massage therapy. But, in a majority of cases, new mothers can begin postnatal massage therapy — even if it’s a simple neck, hand, foot, or shoulder rub — within 4 to 6 weeks.
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