The postnatal massage is a full body massage that is given to a new mum every day for up to 44 days after birth. The postnatal massage is a wonderful traditional practice to help alleviate the stress of being a new mother. It can be very relaxing amidst the hectic world of caring for your newborn.
A postnatal massage will help:
• To ease sore spots and relax muscle tension.
• Increase the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles, whilst getting rid of toxins.
• To encourage the body to release endorphins which are natural pain killers and feel good hormones.
• Your body release oxytocin which triggers the letdown reflex to release milk from your breast.
• A breast massage will help open blocked ducts, loosen clumps or hardened areas, and reduce the risk of mastitis.
• Enhance your recovery from a caesarean section.
• Improve your well-being and immunity by stimulating lymph flow.
• You cope with the baby blues and postnatal depression.
When shouldn’t you get a postnatal massage?
A massage may be risky for you if:
• you experience skin problems such as rashes, blisters, boils and eczema
• you are suffering from any medical complications
• you are experiencing high blood pressure; in this case, a lighter type of massage may be more suitable
• you have a hernia