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Postpartum massages provide energy and balance in the postnatal or postpartum period after childbirth. In many cultures this is known as a rest period of 40 days or 6 weeks in which mother and child take time to rest and bond. Besides the baby, the new mother also deserves extra care and attention in the Netherlands, and perhaps even longer than during the maternity week as we know it here. After all, it is not only the little one who is born, but also the mother!

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rocks the world.

William Ross Wallace

Maternity massage for the newborn mother

Just after giving birth, it is time to be grateful for the work your body has done for you. Pregnancy and childbirth put a lot of motion in body and mind and after the birth the baby asks a lot of attention. Then gentle postpartum or postnatal massages are well-deserved moments for yourself. A maternity massage gives support, comfort, security and encouragement to your body and mind and contributes to a smooth transition to motherhood.

What is the difference between a pregnancy massage and a postpartum massage?

A pregnancy massage focuses on strengthening the pregnant woman, a postpartum massage on supporting the new mother after giving birth. This means that other movements and techniques are used. In a pregnancy massage, pressure points are avoided; in a postpartum massage they are actively used, for example to support the pelvic floor after the exertion during labour. The focus is on feeling, cherishing and embracing you in this vulnerable transitional phase towards motherhood. Your birth story may also be heard. It is a complete treatment to land smoothly and gently in motherhood.

What are the benefits of postpartum massage?

Peace, support, comfort, safety and empowerment of motherhood
Speeds up the recovery of the body after giving birth
Balances the hormonal balance
Promotes the draining of fluids (pregnancy oedema)
Promotes lactation (breast feeding)
Caesarean scar massage for softening of the scar
Reduces vaginal varicose veins
Relaxation of the lower back and pelvic floor (because it has been working hard)
Supports pelvic floor complaints
Relieves postnatal depression & baby blues (in consultation with the healthcare professional)
Promotes recovery after a miscarriage

The benefits of the postnatal mum massage continue throughout the rest of your life.

When to start with postnatal massages?

The first week after your baby’s birth is the maternity period. Often, a maternity nurse will be present to take care of you. From six days to a year after the birth you are welcome to have your first postpartum massage. During this first appointment we discuss your needs and plan a series of follow-up sessions, preferably at one or two fixed times per week. Complementary sessions with a mummy blessing and womb wraps are also possible.

More natural treatments in the postpartum period

Did you know that in India, the newborn mom receives an oil massage every day of the 40-day rest period to encourage a speedy recovery? And that in China the fresh mother receives moxa treatments for warmth and peace? In addition to the regular postpartum massage, these methods can also be applied in a customised programme.

Postpartum recovery & Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a rich treasure of knowledge on the natural functioning of our body and mind during conception, pregnancy and recovery during the postpartum period. As a holistic therapist, I am also trained in Ayurveda & therapeutic Ayurvedic massage. The principles of Ayurveda can be used in the recovery of the woman who has just given birth. Think for example of nutrition to support the mother.

Mother warming with moxa

The principle of mother warming is very simple: Moxa, dried mugwort herb, is burnt like a smouldering coal above the skin and warms up specific acupuncture points. This supports the healing process and feels wonderful for the mother receiving it. Mother warmings are usually given at least once during the week of the birth and are often continued throughout the period of “zuo yue zi,” or “Sitting the Month”. They can easily be given at home. Moxibustion in the postpartum period improves circulation, relieves pain, stimulates energy and is used to warm specific parts of the body. It targets the abdomen, lower back and pelvic area and is aimed to help warm the channels and possibly stop bleeding.