After delivery, your body will be recovering from one of the most traumatic, yet beautiful experiences a woman can go through. The pain, fatigue, and hormonal changes can leave a woman not feeling herself. Many health professionals recommend a postpartum massage to be given daily for over a month after birth. Postpartum massage is not only relaxing but it also has many psychological and physiological health benefits.
Increasing the flow of oxytocin
A boost of oxytocin is needed to increase breast milk production. During massage, your body will be stimulated to release more oxytocin which will help strengthen the mother-baby bond and boost breast milk production.
Postpartum massage can also help loosen up your tissues to increase breastmilk flow, which a woman may struggle with after delivery.
Decreases long-term stretch marks
In conjunction with essential oils, regular massage may greatly reduce red stretch marks from your baby bump. Ayurvedic oils, almond oil, cocoa butter, or coconut oil is highly recommended to rejuvenate the skin so that stretch marks will lighten up. These oils will also keep the skin firm and smooth.
Reducing stress and mental illness
Pregnancy makes hormones fluctuate greatly, which can also disrupt your mental well-being. Giving birth causes a spike in cortisol, or stress hormones, which can last for weeks after the baby is delivered. This imbalance of hormones can often cause postpartum depression.
In general, massage leads to the release of endorphins, or feel-good hormones. Endorphins will help your body to relax and mitigate the cortisol levels in your body. Endorphins also help stimulate your mood and give you increased mental clarity.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by postpartum depression please do not hesitate to contact your primary care physician.
In general, massages will lead to the release of endorphins. These feel-good hormones will go straight to the brain and reduce any bit of pain in the body. The relaxation of having a massage will give you peace of mind and will mitigate the cortisol levels in your body. It will also stimulate your mood and give you increased mental clarity.
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 Ballantyne, NC today.