An intense time The postnatal period can be very mixed. You may feel overjoyed with your new arrival but you can also feel overwhelmed, exhausted and in physical discomfort. You may experience lower-back and pelvis pain due to the delivery, as well as tension in the shoulders. If you are breastfeeding, your upper back may be especially tight due to poor feeding positions. This is especially the case if you are a first-time mother before you learn to become more confident with this new skill.
Easing you into motherhood It can be hugely beneficial to new mothers to have massage therapy in this period. Muscle tensions can be eased — gently if required as your body may be feeling particularly fragile. However, you may prefer a stronger touch to really loosen any stiffness. Whether you have had a caesarean, forceps or normal delivery, massage along with reflexology can bring back a sense of balance and vitality.
Birth can be a physically depleting experience and, as a doula and massage therapist, I am keen to encourage you to take steps to instill and restore a strong sense of wellbeing. Pelvic floor health is vital at this point and I'll teach you specific exercises in order to strengthen this. The abdominal organs are treated using Maya Abdominal Massage techniques to restore health and strength and bring you back to feeling great!
Below is a free guided relaxation for you to practice at home. This is a lovely way to connect with your own body in a period when many mothers give themselves over completely to their babies. Its is deliberately short as time is precious when you have a little one!