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Benefits of Post-natal Massage

baby's arrival brings a set of new, repetitive tasks and stresses to a woman's body - lifting, holding, carrying, changing diapers, bathing - new mothers need massage to speed their body's recovery and keep their body and mind stress free

Note - whether you've delivered by caesarean or not, check with your physician before seeking out post-partum massage.

Jessica L., a nationally certified massage therapist (NCBMTB) who treats clients at Spa Phoenix in Virginia Beach, knows how being a new mom can stress a woman's body, and how post-pregnancy massage (also called post-natal or post-partum massage) can lead to a new mother's wellbeing.

"I had a baby six months ago, and know first-hand which areas a mom holds stress in, and how important it is to diminish that stress through massage."

Jessica's Five Benefits of Post-natal Massage

  • massage eases stresses that come from a new mother's rapid transition from a pregnant body (changes in chemistry, shape, center of gravity) to the body after birth (lack of sleep, new muscle movements, getting back into pre-pregnancy shape)

  • massage improves circulation throughout the body, reducing the post-partum swelling that many women experience

  • a massage therapist can help a new mother with proper stretching of tight, sore muscles, easing muscular tension and prolonging the massage's benefits
  • Most new moms suffer from back pain that comes from new, repetitive movements - bending, lifting, carrying and balancing baby - massage addresses back tension as the body adjusts to its new set of daily tasks

  • It's important that new mothers take time to care for themselves - massage relaxes body and mind, leaving mom refreshed so she can be at her best for baby

Combining her knowledge of massage with her experiences as a new mom, for her clients' benefit, leaves Jessica with a great feeling. A woman who has recently given birth needs nurturing and care.

"One of my post-natal massage clients told me she felt as if a weight had been lifted off her shoulders. That is so rewarding for me to hear!"


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