Postpartum Massage can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy. Benefits include relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief plus hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding. Postpartum Massage helps restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition, speeds healing and assists with C-section recovery.
Massage relaxes muscles, increases circulation and lowers stress hormones, bringing relaxation and stress relief. Anxiety and depressionrespond very well to massage too. About two-thirds of new mums experience temporary postpartum blues related to hormonal changes, new responsibilities and adjustment frustrations. Emotional support and the other benefits of Postpartum Massage can help during this transition. Studies also show massage to be beneficial for treating postpartum depression. Estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are very high during pregnancy and decrease after delivery. Prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels rise to facilitate breastfeeding. Studies indicate that massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
Breastfeeding and childcare can intensify arm, shoulder and back pain. Massage is an effective holistic approach that relaxes muscles and relieves pain without medication. Massage therapy relaxes the body, increases circulation and increases milk production. Studies show that massage increases prolactin levels, a lactation hormone.
Massage increases circulation and lymphatic drainage to eliminate excess fluids and waste products.
Massage will ease fatigue, promote relaxation and assist with sleep. Studies have shown an increase in delta brain waves (those that accompany deep sleep) with massage therapy.
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