Postnatal Massage and Cesarean Scar Therapy
More than just a “nice thing ” to have, in my eyes, an essential part of a woman’s recovery process following pregnancy and delivery.
For 9 months your body goes through amazing changes to grow and nurture your baby. When you give birth…it is a marathon, your body works hard, it’s not called Labour for nothing! Once you have your gorgeous newborn in your arms, your body once again works hard to allow you to feed, love and care for your precious little one.
You may have experienced discomfort at some point during your pregnancy…maybe lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, joint pain, swollen legs and carpel tunnel syndrome. Sometimes women continue to experience these discomforts into the postnatal period. Clinical massage can help alleviate them.
When you are a new Mum, the demands on you are never ending. Tiredness, fatigue, feeding a lot, lifting, carrying, pushing the buggy, cuddling…all these new and different movement patterns take a toll on your already exhausted body. Your posture alters; shoulders round forward, your head leans forward, your back arches (like in pregnancy) or your tail “tucks” under in a guarded position. Clinical massage can help ease and release the tension in these muscles and help realign your posture. It will really help with your postnatal recovery process.
Your treatment lasts for an hour. It starts with a history of your pregnancy and delivery and a check in with how you are feeling. Your posture will be assessed. You will be asked to undress to your bra and knickers and lie down on a very comfortable massage couch. You will be draped in soft towels and lightweight blankets. The room is peaceful and calm, gentle music in the background. A natural organic women’s blend massage wax will be used on your skin. All the main muscle groups in your legs, arms, back and shoulders will be warmed, massaged and relaxed. Special release techniques may be used to treat areas of most tension. If you have Diastasic Recti (tummy separation), release work on these stuck muscles and connective tissue in your abdomen can strengthen your core with the correct exercises and bring the gap closer together. This allows your muscles to function correctly. You will be asked throughout your treatment how you are feeling and if the massage pressure is to your liking.
Your massage will finish with a short period of relaxation…bliss.
Following your massage, you will be encouraged to take it easy for a while…if that is at all possible with a baby. Drink a little more water than normal to help flush out the toxins that have been held in your tight muscles. You may notice a slight headache or a metallic taste in your mouth…probably a small amount of dehydration. More water.
You will be given one or 2 exercises to help maintain your posture and off course some pelvic floor exercises!
You will probably sleep very well that night as massage promotes deep relaxation and rest.
Post C/Section Scar Therapy
Clinical massage will help with your recovery following a C/Section. During wound healing, scar tissue is laid down in layers, not neatly but in a very disorganised way. This tissue, which is very strong but not elastic like our skin, can build up and stick to surrounding tissues causing pain and dysfunction. Massage techniques can assist by helping the tissue to lay down in a more organised and functional way. It can also ease restrictions and improve the appearance of your scar as well as assisting with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction from restrictions from the scar itself.
Your Initial Treatment will last 75mins. A detailed history of your pregnancy, labour and delivery will be taken. Any past medical history of illness or previous injury plus a check in of how you are at the moment. Your posture will be assessed. You will be asked to undress to your bra and knickers and lie down on a very comfortable massage couch. You will be draped in soft towels and a light blanket. The room is peaceful and calm, gentle music in the background. A natural organic women’s blend of massage wax will be used on your skin.
You will be massaged lying on your tummy first to work the major muscle groups on your back, shoulders, hips and legs. Then lying on your back, your breathing will be assessed, and your scar and abdominal muscles will be massaged. All the strokes and techniques used are very gentle and calming. You will be taught how to do some of the strokes at home for ongoing maintenance.
Your treatment will finish with some deep relaxation. You will be given time to recover and get dressed. You will also receive a couple of exercises to maintain posture, assist with core function and work with your scar. You will be asked to drink lots of water to flush out the toxins released by the treatment. You will feel relaxed and nicely tired. A great boost to your overall wellbeing, you may find that your relaxed mood will encourage your baby to sleep more too!
Follow up treatments are for 1 hour
For this treatment your wound must be fully healed, and you are required to have your 6-week postnatal check up with your Midwife or GP before having this type of massage.