Do you have this experience: When the masseuse into the soft hands slowly back, you felt the warmth and stretch is pressed? skin, muscles, meridians are a concern in an instant as if it was caused by close contact Greetings. Needless to say, massage is so very heart and mind. In fact, with our own bodies to keep in touch, do not have to wait to massage parlors, as if not hungry before meal. To our body such as the gurgling flow of water like love and concern, is that we can do for yourself every day. So, remember the word - self-massage. It not only allows us to resume contact with the body, but we want to reshape it.
The primal language of life is Touch. The Art of Massage is an ancient tradition of • Using a gentle showerhead to massage the health care that is Compassionate, Empowering, breasts can also prevent and treat a blocked A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) can: duct. and Holistic. • rebalance mom’s body by relieving tension, • Alternating massage with expression Mother Massage tightness and swelling from prolonged nursing, lifting, carrying, slings…etc; significantly reduces the incidence and severity of engorgement. • Receiving massage can help mothers relax and • Massage relieves engorgement soreness by better enjoy breastfeeding. The care and attention a • reduce fatigue, tension, headaches, and postpartum blues by promoting emotional increasing drainage of lymph nodes and milk mom receives from massage can guide her to ducts, and promoting blood circulation. openly give more of herself. and mental well-being through physical release and relaxation; • An RMT can demonstrate and teach the • Massage increases the release of oxytocin (the technique of self massage and hydrotherapy • guide a mother through preventative pleasure and bonding hormone) in the brain which techniques (when to use heat & ice). stretching, strengthening exercises and supports relaxation and bonding and may decrease postural support and awareness. anxiety. Infant Massage Breast Massage • Infant massage can be part of a daily or • Massaging the breasts can stimulate letdown weekly routine for mom or dad. It promotes and expression of milk. relaxation and sleep in baby and can be their “special time”. • Breast massage just before breastfeeding increases the fat content of the milk, • Mom can massage her baby’s back and feet • On the upper back is an acupressure point used to therefore promoting healthy infant weight while she is breastfeeding. promote lactation and letdown. The nerves that gain. serve the breast originate in the upper spine, • Skin to skin contact helps the growth and between the shoulder blades. This area is often development of the baby and enhances the • If you are prone to uncomfortable plugged where women carry a lot of muscular tension. bonding relationship between baby and ducts, while feeding baby, gently massage Massaging the upper back relaxes the shoulders mom. the breast downward or towards the nipple. and promotes milk let-down. This helps to drain the breast, clear plugged ducts and prevent mastitis. • The mom, or a support person, can massage her inner ankle acupressure point at the beginning of a breastfeed to facilitate letdown. Breastfeeding mothers and infants have been massaged for millennia; in fact, there are few places in the world where mothers It is priceless for mothers to learn how to massage themselves and MASSAGE and infants do not receive massage after birth. their children. for the BREASTFEEDING MOTHER Customs around the world: ~ In Japan, women and couples learn breast Resources for parents: massage in some hospitals and even receive a Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving certificate for it. Parents by Vimala McClure ~ In Java, the new mother’s body is massaged all www.lalecheleaguecanada.ca over with a rice-flour paste and a root that makes the www.lalecheleague.org/bfinfo.html skin tingle. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by LLL ~ In Malaysia, a specially trained masseur comes every day to knead the new mother’s abdomen. ~ An Arapesh man in New Guinea will massage created by: his wife’s body after she’s given birth. Jennifer Barthels, RMT ~ In Nigeria, women have their breasts vigorously Mandy Goodwin CPM massaged by female relatives in the weeks before Roxanne Carter, Birth & PP Doula and after giving birth. ~ Tribes of India, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North and This information pamphlet may be South America have long histories of women reproduced in its entirety with permission Take a closer look … massaging their babies. of the authors, and is not intended to ~ The Maori of New Zealand bathe and rub their replace medical advice. baby’s body, wrapping it in soft leaves or cloths and then un-wrapping it again for another massage. ~ People of India & Hawaii believe that a baby’s face can be made more beautiful through massage. at the Benefits of Massage for the ~ Aboriginals of Brazil massage a mother after Breastfeeding Mom and Baby birth to fill her body with oxytocin (pleasure) and prepare her to continue giving love and life to her child. ~~ printed on 100% recycled paper ~~
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