Relaxin: You may be cursing it now for your aching hips and horrible heartburn (plus all those other gastrointestinal discomforts), but during baby's birth you can thank relaxin for doing its job. As the name implies, relaxin relaxes the body's muscles, joints, and ligaments. Not surprisingly, the effect centers on the joints of the pelvis, allowing them to stretch during delivery. It also softens and lengthens the cervix and helps relax smooth muscles in the uterus and elsewhere throughout the body. If your walk starts to get a little wobbly, it's not just a shifted center of gravity from your bulging belly, but relaxin's fault again. Limber joints, particularly in the pelvis and lower back, are unsteady joints — if your house were held together with rubber bands instead of nails, it'd be shaky too. Which means your balance and gait is thrown off-kilter, so be particularly careful to watch your step!
Postnatal Massage is similar to Pregnancy Massage and is tailored to your individual needs to help you adjust to being a mother. Each session will involve full consultation, therapeutic massage bodywork, gentle exercises and stretching where appropriate.
Why is it important to continue massage postnatally?
During the postnatal period, your body is going through big changes and you need to be careful not to overstimulate it. The time it takes for your body to return to normal differs for different women and depends on factors such as your general health, the type of pregnancy you experienced, the type of birth, how well you are bonding with your child, the kind of baby you have and how easy you are finding breastfeeding.
It is important that you take care of yourself as well as your baby in the months following childbirth.