"Blessings and thanks to this body, this heart, this mind, these bones. Blessings and thanks to this womb, which served as a beautiful home." - Paula Cleary
The Postnatal Recovery Massage is a restorative and nurturing massage to support the physical and emotional re-balance after having a baby, but can also be enjoyed as a relaxing and healing massage for anyone. I trained with Sophie Messager, who developed this technique with osteopath Teddy Brookes, inspired and informed by Closing The Bones, a traditional Ecuadorian postnatal massage.
I use a traditional Mexican shawl called a Rebozo to relieve pressure and tightness around the pelvis and hips, through a gentle rocking action and by wrapping your hips. Soothing oil is used to massage your abdomen, hips, chest, shoulders and arms. I can end the massage with a special poem, which celebrates the transformative time to parenthood, bringing ritual and ceremony to the experience.
The massage was amazing! It felt so nurturing and grounding, and it was wonderful to feel like I was being looked after and cared for. After the massage I felt lighter, physically and emotionally.
As well as giving you time out to relax and reflect, this massage has many physical benefits:
Release muscle tension and abdominal fascia (connective tissue that wraps around our muscles and tightens when there is stress)
Improve blood flow and movement of the lymphatic fluid (responsible for fighting infection and disease)
Reduce uterus and bladder tension, helping to return the uterus to a less anteverted position, taking pressure off the bladder
Loosen joints and gently stretch the intercostal muscles, realigning the ribs which have flared during pregnancy
Promote gentle closing of the linea alba (fibrous structure that runs down the abdomen), helping repair abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti)
Stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing your mind into a calm place
I will send you a booking information sheet, which includes a few questions to help me prepare for your needs and to answer questions you may have. I will come to your home with my massage table. The massage will last for 1 hour, so ask to allow 1.5-2 hours to include time to set up and get to know each other and for you to totally unwind. If you have a baby with you, we can discuss how best to manage this and I can adapt as needed.
Having more than one or a series of these massages can be really beneficial, so I offer a multiple booking discount as well as a discount if you have booked another course or doula services with me.
The price includes 20 miles of travel. Mileage beyond this is charged at 45p per mile. 10% massage discount if I am your birth or postnatal doula or you have booked a preparation course with me.