Postpartum Massage

 

Massage in the postpartum period helps return the body into its pre-pregnancy alignment. A massage within the first week (or several weeks) of postpartum feels wonderful. It flushes lactic acid out of the tissues relieving sore and achy muscles. Massage helps release shoulder, neck, and arm tension from the care and feeding of an infant and helps relieve tension from the birth process.

 

Postpartum massage supports and enhances:

  • The realigning process, with a focus on the pelvis and ribs

  • Breast feeding, alleviating tightness, helps with some breastfeeding difficulties

  • The process of the uterus returning to its normal size

  • Fluid re-balancing

  • Pelvic and abdominal organs to return to the pre-pregnant positons

  • Mother regain vital energy to help reduce fatigue

 

Infant Massage Instruction

 

Infant massage will teach you and your partner how to massage your baby. Research confirms the importance of a secure environment and nurturing touch in the healthy growth, development and maturation of children as well as the many developmental benefits of positive contact as part of baby’s early life. Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this early nurturing contact. 

 

Babies who receive massage can experience:

  • Better performance on neurological assessment scales

  • Better sleep/wake behaviors

  • Greater soothability

  • Improved growth and development

  • Improved body awareness

  • Improved relaxation and release of accumulated stress

  • Strengthened digestive, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems, which can lead to weight gain

  • Reduced discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress

  • Improved muscle tone coordination

  • Increased elimination, circulation and respiration

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Improved overall health

 

Families who share in infant massage can experience:

  • Stronger bonding and attachment between parent and baby

  • Enhanced sense of love, respect and trust among family members

  • Improved ability of the parents to read infant cues

  • Increased confidence in parenting

  • Increased communication between baby and parent

  • Strengthened parenting skills

  • Stronger family foundation through understanding, positive communication, and touch

 

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