Benefits of Post Natal massage

Post natal massage specialist or maalishwali

Why postnatal massage is good for you

Post natal massage is an essential part of the confinement rituals in India. It is perhaps the best part of this ritual, because it accelerates healing after delivery and provides relief from

body-aches because of 2 am feedings and all the exhaustion from the delivery. In some

communities, a trained malishwaali is known to stay with the new mother to massage her and

the new born, and help her with the chores related to looking after a new born.

However, it is possible to follow through with this massage therapy only if you have backup to

look after your newborn. Is it worth it? Totally.

Here are the benefits of postnatal messages:

  • Ease the muscle tension from the body, because the entire process of childbirth has been strenuous on your body, particularly on the lower back, abdomen and hips. You upper back and shoulders may also be sore because of breastfeeding.
  • Increase the flow of blood and getting rid of toxins
  • Relaxation due to the release of endorphins, natural painkillers.
  • Increase in breast milk supply. Massaging the body releases oxytocin which increases the flow of breast milk. A breast massage helps open the blocked ducts, and alleviate the pain caused by them.
  • If you have had a caesarean section, a post natal massage, albeit a few weeks later, helps speed up the recovery from the operation. But make sure to get clearance from the doctor and steer clear of the operation cut.
  • Helps you get back in pre-pregnancy shape faster.
  • Acts as an excellent stress buster and helps cope with post-partum depression.
  • Ask for help. If no one has offered to help you with the baby yet, take the first foot forward and ask for help. You deserve this time for the betterment of you and your baby; a frustrated and a tired you are detrimental to both of your health.
  • Pick the right time. Make sure you schedule your massage after you have fed and changed your baby. That way, you don’t have to be interrupted mid-massage to beattend to the baby.
  • If you go out for massages, schedule ahead of time and make arrangements accordingly for someone to care for the baby. Go when the baby is taking a nap.

Avoid postnatal massage if you have the following conditions:

  • Skin problems or allergies such as rashes, eczema and so on.
  • Medical complications
  • High BP (try a lighter massage for that)
  • Hernia

And always remember your rest and relaxation are top most priority. You’ll be able to take care of your baby well only if you take care of yourself well, first!