Cultures across the world have special traditions for new mothers, designed to help them rest, rejuvenate, and restore energy and physical strength. This specialized care typically spans from about 20-40 days postpartum.
In America, we have no such tradition. An increasing number of women are returning to regular work activities earlier than they should. And with a full 25% of women returning to work sooner than 2 weeks postpartum, it’s more vital than ever to create your own postpartum healing rituals–no matter what your personal circumstances.
Benefits of Postpartum Massage
- Soothe aching neck and shoulder muscles: The upper body often gets especially tense in the first few months after birth as your body adjusts to holding, carrying, and feeding a newborn.
- Relieve stress: Emotional and physical stress culminates in the months after birth. Even a single hour of silence, alone time, and the feeling of being cared for can help carry you for weeks and weeks.
- Reduce risk of depression: Massage therapy has been proven to reduce stress hormones and increase endorphins, offering prevention or relief from feelings of depression. Even prenatal massage has been shown to reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Don’t underestimate the value of therapeutic, caring touch in keeping your brain healthy and happy!
- Resolve hip and back pain: After pregnancy and birth, many women find that their hips and lower back just don’t feel the same. Massage therapy releases restrictions and patterns of tension throughout these areas, helping to relieve pain and restore function to the joints.
- Restore abdominal health: Abdominal massage helps restore muscle
tone more quickly and supports the organs in returning to their normal
positions. Many women also experience separation of the abdominal
muscles (diastasis recti), which contributes to back, hip, and pelvic pain.
Massage therapy can be one component of restoring proper function to the core muscles.
- Support cesarean healing: Women often deal with lingering or intermittent pain for years after their cesarean, and don’t know how to resolve it. Massage therapy for your scar, abdomen, and hip muscles will help restore flexibility and function to the tissues. It’s ideal to start within several months to support the healing process, but it’s never too late to begin resolving your pain.
Cleveland Postpartum Massage
Lifelong Bodywork provides postpartum massage therapy on the west side of
Cleveland, across from the old Lakewood Hospital. We understand the unique
physical and emotional challenges of postpartum healing, and are passionate
about working with women to help relieve their biggest sources of stress and
Deleen Long of Lifelong Bodywork is dedicated to giving compassionate, non-judgmental support to every woman and man seeking to feel better in their body. Regardless of your health history, philosophy, or personal beliefs, your unique experience is honored as you seek the right combination of medical and complementary care for you.