What Is Postnatal Massage?

Have you recently had a baby and wondering if you should have a postnatal massage? Maybe you are a little unsure about what to expect or when you can have one. This series of mini blogs by Zing Wellness co-founder James Rake will help you decide whether you should have a massage and the best time to have one.

What is a postnatal massage? A postnatal massage quite simply is a massage after you have given birth. There are many reasons to have a postnatal massage and it will probably depend on what type of birth you had and how you are feeling after it as to what you would like from your massage.

If you have had a simple straight forward delivery with no complications then most likely you will probably be feeling (apart from tired) that you have some aches and pains in your shoulders from all the feeding whether it is breastfeeding or bottle feeding and lack of sleep. Either way, releasing the tension in your shoulders and helping improve your posture is a great way to start your journey in motherhood.

Unexplained Niggles

The more complicated the delivery the more likely that you will have more to deal with in yourself.  If you have a caesarean section delivery especially if it is an emergency then you probably won’t feel up to having a massage straight away. However, when you are ready and your scar has healed a postnatal massage with some scar tissue massage included would be incredibly beneficial. Releasing the tension that a scar can produce can help in all sorts of ways. Scar tissue massage often works on the fascial lines and releasing tension that has built up from the scar healing is crucial in improving not only your posture but also many of those unexplained niggles that you might be feeling.

What is postnatal massage?

Diastasis Recti

Another area that often crops up is the separation of the abdominal muscles that run vertically over your tummy. This is called diastasis recti. As your abdomen expands during pregnancy the rectus abdominus muscles separate and this is what is called diastasis recti. Once you have given birth releasing the tension in the ribcage can help heal the gap. This should also be used in conjunction with postnatal Pilates to help speed up the healing process. It can often take several months to fully heal and maybe even longer so don’t beat yourself up if it takes longer. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to this.


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Just Because…

You could also have a postnatal massage just because it makes you feel good and you deserve it. After all, you have been carrying a baby for nine months and that has probably taken a lot out of you. A postnatal massage will help you relax, decrease your stress hormones, help loosen up any tight bits and give you some of that much needed me time. Get it while you can as time on your own will soon be a thing of the past.

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