What is A Postpartum Massage?
A postpartum massage, or post natal massage, is a full-body massage within the first 12 weeks after you have given birth. This is the time known as the “fourth trimester” and is just as important as the first three trimesters. As a new mom, it is a wonderful way to alleviate the pain and soreness you might be experiencing after giving birth. It is also a great way to support yourself emotionally.
Going to a massage therapist postpartum can also be very beneficial in the case of a miscarriage or stillbirth to help the body recover.
Going for a prenatal massage is more commonly unutilized. This is because every soon-to-be mother wants to “prepare” before putting all their focus on the new baby.
However, it is so common for the new mom to forget that they need to be taken care of after birth as well.
Post-Natal Massages Tailored To You
The body, mind, emotions, and hormones all go through so many changes. All of which need extra attention along with proper rest and time to recover from the birthing process.
Depending on when you gave birth, it may be painful or uncomfortable to lay on your stomach. During a postpartum massage, we use special foam cushions at Anchored in Health. This allows you to lay comfortably flat on your stomach. These cushions have recess cutouts for your breasts and abdomen with support surrounding these areas. The breast recesses are especially comfortable if you are breastfeeding.
A Post natal massage can also be performed on a regular massage table. Your massage therapist will only suggest that if your body is comfortable doing so.
Your comforter level will determine the degree of pressure used in your postpartum massage. As well as which areas of your body will be prioritized.
Benefits of Postpartum Massages
A Post-natal massage is a full-body therapeutic way to help with relaxation, pain relief, and stress reduction. However, it can also increase circulation, lower stress hormones, and help balance your mood. It is a great way to help balance brain chemicals that are linked with depression. Postpartum massages can help relieve the specific aches and pains associated with pregnancy and childbirth. As well as decrease swelling by increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage.
It is a great way for you to experience a quicker recovery and overall better health after giving birth.
Pain Relief. Your body has changed a lot over the past months and you are feeling it. Massage therapy in Orland Park, IL can help reduce the pain and soreness in your low back, hips, legs, and abdomen.
Decrease Swelling. Your blood volume increases about 50% during pregnancy. Your body fluids start to balance after pregnancy. Improving circulation and lymphatic drainage with a post-natal massage helps your body eliminate fluids and toxins.
Improve Post-Delivery Recovery. Your hormones have shifted drastically after giving birth. Research shows that postpartum depression and anxiety are tied to hormonal changes. A postpartum massage can help improve your mood and your emotional recovery.
Improved Sleep. A post-natal massage helps with fatigue and allows you to relax, which can help you sleep better. Reducing your emotional and physical stress is so important so you can focus on your new baby’s needs.
When Can I Have A Massage After Giving Birth?
Postpartum massages typically occur within the first 12 weeks after you have given birth. A massage therapy session will last 60 minutes long.
Our trained massage therapist tailors post-natal massages to a mother’s needs. A postpartum massage is incredibly beneficial after birth and can help with headaches, back pain, sciatica, and swelling.
Interested in Getting A Postpartum Massage in Orland Park, IL?
You spend so much time preparing for your baby’s arrival. Our massage therapist wants to make sure you dedicate some time to recovering after birth as well. In order to get a postpartum massage at Anchored in Health just follow these steps.
- Contact us to schedule an appointment with a massage therapist
- Get your post-natal massage at Anchored in Health
- Support and improve your postpartum recovery
Other Services Offered At Anchored in Health in the Chicago Area
Post-natal massage therapy is not the only service offered at Anchored in Health. In order to support your health and well-being our Orland Park, IL-based functional medicine doctor provides functional medicine appointments and the SHAPE ReClaimed program. Additionally, we have a chiropractor and acupuncturist.
Contact us today to see how we can help support you in living your healthiest life!