3 Benefits of Getting a Postpartum Massage

Mothers undergo a lot of physical pressure during the post-pregnancy period that could deteriorate their well-being and ultimately affect the baby development. Below are three physical problems that could be treated through a postpartum massage.

It helps both the body and mind to relax

The body is weary after pregnancy and birth. Again, having a young one to cater for comes with a full list of responsibilities; therefore, a massage would be a great way to help a mother relax. Pressure could be concentrated on specific body parts that trigger the release of the feel-good hormones. A postpartum massage is also a good way to spend a relaxed time alone away from the hectic daily life.

Boosts the production of breast milk

Lactating can be challenging for mothers, for her to produce enough milk, she needs to be happy and relaxed. In addition to triggering the production of Oxytocin useful in producing breast milk, a massage could also boost quality sleep, also essential for the process. Further research concedes that postpartum massage increases the secretion of the prolactin in large quantities (the hormone for lactation) while inducing the relaxation and opening of the chest and shoulder muscle thus more production of milk.

Helps relieve pain

Body aches that a mother could be going through can be terminated through a proper body massage. At the end of the pregnancy, the increase in the lumbar curve and the shift of the pelvis may bring muscle cramps and joint aches. These pains could worsen if not treated hence the need of a massage therapy that will help determine and ease most of the pain. Also, a mother may experience headaches, both back and shoulder strain because of breastfeeding, swelling and muscle tension. Frequent massage sessions will ease the pain and help them relax and attain maximum comfort during the lactating period.

Pain, fatigue, and production of milk are just, but a few challenges women undergo that are often overlooked. Treat yourself to a proper postpartum massage to avoid unforeseen health complications.

There are several benefits to massage, but check with your medical provider before starting a massage regimen, discuss with them how long postpartum you should wait before getting a massage. You should also make sure to discuss whether or not you can have a full body massage or if there are parts of your body that should not be massaged.


To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Gainesville, VA today.

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