Massage therapy has long been known for its soothing, relaxing effects. For new moms, postpartum massages can be even more therapeutic in helping them adjust to their new role as a mother. Here are a few of the many benefits postpartum massages has to offer to new (and “old”) moms.
Less Stress and Tension
A postpartum massage can have a calming, relaxing effect on a mom, particularly if she’s having a hard time adjusting to her new baby. Some women adjust easily to motherhood while others find it difficult to cope with the physical and mental changes that motherhood brings into their lives. Postpartum massages can help relieve the stress and pressure women often experience after childbirth so they feel more relaxed. The soothing effect of a massage can relax the mind and body so moms have an easier time adjusting to their new role.
Enhanced Blood Circulation and Flexibility
A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy which may produce cause muscle tension and strain. Massage therapy can reduce stiffness in muscles and joints so moms feel more flexible and light. Through massage therapy, moms can regain the range of motion and flexibility they lost due to the restrictions of pregnancy.
Regular postpartum massages will also increase blood circulation throughout the body. Increased blood circulation helps to reduce toxins in the blood and eliminate muscle soreness that mom’s often feel in their back, hips, or abdomen after childbirth.
Relief from Postpartum Depression
Many moms experience "baby blues" after giving birth, which hinder them from truly enjoying the motherhood experience. Postpartum massages promote the release of “feel good” hormones in the body which can help combat this depressive state. The soothing effects of a massage can help boost a mom’s mood so she can face her new role with a positive outlook.
Reduced stress, improved blood circulation and a happier outlook on life make postpartum massage therapy a tremendous boon to moms.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by postpartum depression, please do not hesitate to contact your primary care physician.
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 Ann Arbor, MI today.