Your body goes through huge changes after the birth and it can take about a year for it to go back to a pre-pregnancy state. Your life will also have changed dramatically, and it is easy to neglect yourself with your new role of carrying, feeding and falling asleep with your baby in awkward positions, causing a lot of new postural issues.
This postnatal treatment is usually a full body massage but can be tailored to your needs. It aims to relieve the aches and pains endured during the delivery and assist in releasing tension in the shoulders caused by breastfeeding, helping to increase the blood flow to the muscles, restoring energy when you're feeling utterly drained. An abdominal massage can help shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size.
Most positions are comfortable during the massage but if you're breastfeeding and your breasts are feeling full and sore, it might be better to lie on your side rather than on your front.
This hour massage could be a chance for you to get some 'me time' or if it's more convenient, you could bring your baby along and have them in their push chair next to you.
A caesarean section is major surgery and you'll need time to recover from it. It is best to wait until your scar has healed which should take about two weeks and you will need to get your doctor's approval first before having a massage.
A postnatal massage will help to: