Postnatal Massage: How It Can Benefit You
In many cultures, it is normal for a woman who has just given birth to undergo some form of massage as a treatment. One example is the traditional Malay confinement massage called ‘Urut’, which is popular with many Malaysian mothers, regardless of their cultural background.
Modern forms of ‘Urut’ are available to mothers in confinement too, including here at Mommy Mansion. These are some of the reasons why you should consider getting a postnatal massage:
It helps you sleep better
Taking care of a newborn can really throw your body clock out of sync. You may find yourself awake at odd hours and asleep during the day. Many mothers find the first few weeks exhausting as they don’t get enough rest. A comforting massage helps your muscles relax and therefore helps you sleep better, as you go through the first few months of motherhood.
It encourages healing
This is especially important if you’re recovering from a cesarean section. Post-surgical wounds require blood to bring nutrients and protein to the area so that it closes up as quickly as possible. Massage promotes circulation, which will increase the amount of healing elements reaching your wound.
It’s great for mental health
As a new mother, you may go through a lot of stress and anxiety. Giving yourself some ‘me’ time will help alleviate your stress and improve your mood considerably. One way to do this is to have a relaxing massage. Massages promote the release of ‘happy’ hormones in your body, namely Oxytocin and Dopamine.
The confinement period may be one that’s pretty taxing, and many mothers may have brief periods of ‘down’ time or have more serious postnatal depression. Taking time out from caring for your child and making the effort to pamper yourself isn’t a luxury. It should be a necessity, and a massage is one way to start.
It gives relief from pain
The birthing process, no matter how natural it is, takes a toll on the body. This means that having aches and pains all over your body is common during the confinement period. This is compounded by the fact that you’re also taking care of your newborn, breastfeeding them and carrying them regularly. This also puts pressure on your back, arms and shoulders.
Having a massage is a natural way to relieve any aches and pains you may be having. You may have to undergo several massage sessions for more severe pain, but it’s definitely one way to manage your pain without medication.
It promotes the production of breast milk
Postnatal massage often includes a massage of your chest area. This is done specifically to improve the production and flow of your breast milk. Massage increases the levels of a hormone called prolactin, which is a hormone that promotes lactation. If you feel that you’re not producing enough breast milk, having a massage is one way to remedy it.
At Mommy Mansion, we provide our mothers with the best massage therapy sessions, done by professional female masseurs. You can always share with them what you’re experiencing physically, so they can customize your massage sessions for the best effect.