3 Benefits of Getting a Postpartum Massage

After the stress of birth, nothing is more nurturing than a massage. A quiet, calm reconnection with your body which suddenly is alone again. Getting a massage can be the best thing you can do for yourself. The only thing better is to give a Postpartum Massage or a Postpartum Massage Series as a gift.

Comfort and Pain Relief

Medication is one way to relieve pain, but particularly when breastfeeding, you want a gentle way to move to comfort in your health and lifestyle. Massage is a holistic approach that relaxes muscles and smooths out the pain. Lingering body aches and pains from the months of pregnancy and then the intensity of birth is normal. But normal doesn't have to last forever. Add in house chores, breastfeeding, and childcare, and sometimes a return to work, and you can intensify arm, and back pain, even associated numbness and tingling. What can seem normal, can with added stress become chronic. Getting a Postpartum Massage can avert many future problems.

Better Sleep 

The exhaustion is why they call it labor. Nothing can compare with the body tired feeling after birth. Gentle massage can smooth out tense and tight muscles, and promote a state of relaxation that is akin to bliss. Many studies have been conducted that shows massage therapy can have similar mind-body effects as deep delta wave sleep.

It is very common to fall asleep during a massage.

Anxiety

In a world where each new day seems to bring on a new stress, it's easy to develop anxiety. The human body was designed to respond to danger, requiring extra levels of cortisol, known as the "stress hormone". This suppresses the immune system at a time when you need your immune system in peak performance. Postpartum massage can reduce cortisol and therefore, anxiety.

There are several benefits to massage, but check with your medical provider before starting a massage regimen, discuss with them how long postpartum you should wait before getting a massage. You should also make sure to discuss whether or not you can have a full body massage or if there are parts of your body that should not be massaged.

 

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Ferndale, MI today.

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