Postnatal Massage Q&A
What is postnatal massage?
I consider postnatal massage to be any session in which we're working on issues and conditions specific to your post-pregnancy body. While "postnatal" and "postpartum" refer to the 6-8 week time period immediately following childbirth, every body is different and our postnatal-related massage sessions might extend beyond those first two months. I'm happy to work with whatever rate of recovery you are experiencing. I teach the postnatal massage elective class, "Bodywork for the New Mother," at the Oregon School of Massage, so you know that I'm dedicated to postnatal/postpartum care!
What happens in a postnatal massage session?
The massage session will depend on the client's postnatal needs: for example, clients with breast engorgement or a healing C-section site will prefer a side-lying position on the massage table. Working on aching hips and addressing pelvic postural disfunction are frequently part of a postnatal/postpartum massage. Whether our focus is on relieving tight muscles after a long labor, or just relaxation for a tired new parent, I use my expertise to address the unique health conditions and physical changes clients experience after having a baby.
How soon after childbirth can I get a postnatal massage?
If you had an uncomplicated labor & delivery and no high-risk concerns during your pregnancy, you can receive a postnatal massage whenever you feel ready, as early as a day following childbirth. If you had a C-section, you'll want to wait about two weeks before receiving massage. If you had a high-risk pregnancy, complications during delivery, or are still being monitored for a pregnancy-related condition, we should check with your prenatal care provider before getting a massage.
Relax and recover with postnatal massage!
Postnatal massage addresses your specific needs after baby, such as:
Aches and pains from your pregnancy
Tight or sore muscles after labor
Restoring and relaxing your tired body
Neck and upper back strain from nursing
Abdominal muscle assessment & work