Pregnancy and childbirth is a time of huge physical and emotional change, an amazing journey which can never the less be quite challenging. Most women look after themselves really well during their pregnancies, eat healthily, practice yoga or exercise regularly, have massage/shiatsu/acupuncture sessions to help their bodies adjust to the pregnancy … but in general this does not continue into the postnatal period.
Labour is a very intense and powerful process and much rest and support is needed to heal the body. Looking after yourself/your friend/your partner is very important in the early postnatal months as women tend to concentrate on caring for their babies and forget about themselves!
Regular massage/ reflexology /acupuncture treatments will help the body to re-balance emotionally and physically and release tension from the upper body in particular which is overworked from carrying and holding a baby. The hormone that softens muscles & ligaments during pregnancy can be present for up to 3 months after birth making joints vulnerable to strain. Tension builds up in the lower back as the abdominal muscles are stretched and soft after birth. The back muscles do all the work of holding the body upright until the abdomen is strengthened again by careful exercise.
In many cultures women are cared for and guided through their journey to motherhood by the more experienced women of their community. They are looked after and are able to rest and concentrate on breastfeeding and bonding with their babies as their housework is done and older children are cared for by the extended family, in these cultures postnatal depression is virtually unknown. Sadly most of us do not live in close communities or have extended families nearby to help us with our newborn babies. We are often isolated in our homes with family members who might be able to visit occasionally but can’t pop in every day to see how we are coping and our partners often only have two weeks leave.
Shine is here to help you in anyway that we can. We are open 7 days a week and have a wealth of experienced Practitioners here to help you. Feel free to reach out to them individually to ask for advice and book in.
Or call us to book in your treatment today on 0207 241 5033.