Denise also spoke to me about posture and how sitting and standing correctly can prevent back aches and pains. Denise is full of great tips and information and is such a lovely lady and makes you feel completely comfortable and at home straight away. Below is a really useful guide by Denise on massage and posture for new Mothers. You can contact Denise to make an appointment by calling 07966262409 or emailing email@example.com. If you quote MUMMYSZONE when booking you can get 20% off your chosen treatment.
By Denise Ann Paskov MCThA
Having children is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your life. The unconditional love and joy being a parent brings is truly wonderful. However, it can also wreak havoc with your body; physically, mentally and emotionally, causing postural problems, tiredness and exhaustion and leaving you feeling less than your best.
As a mother and a massage therapist, I have seen both sides of the coin and understand how being a parent can affect you on all levels, but also how massage and postural awareness can be of tremendous benefit. If you feel relaxed and calm, it will help your child to feel the same.
Massage is an excellent way to restore balance to the rollercoaster of feelings and emotions being a new mum brings. Deep tissue techniques can help release restricted and tight muscle improving movement and eliminating pain and discomfort. Circulation and blood flow are also improved which aids repair and nourishment of the cells and speeds up the removal of toxins and waste products helping the body to function more efficiently. The power of touch through the long, more gentle strokes will aid relaxation, releasing stress and bringing a feeling of well-being, reminding you that you are very special and loved.
As well as massage, by incorporating the following advice into your daily routine as often as possible you will be able to help limit and/or prevent the amount of strain you put on your body, making motherhood an even happier experience.
Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, ensure that you sit with your back supported comfortably and have pillows or cushions under your supporting arm so that you are not taking the full weight of baby (make sure your arm is at a level where it is not too low, pulling the shoulder down or too high where the shoulder is unnaturally raised). This will help prevent tightness and discomfort in the neck and shoulder muscles. However tempting it is to plonk on the edge of the bed in the middle of the night to feed, please don’t as you will ultimately pay the price!
Carry car seats are a wonderful invention but some are quite heavy before you even put your baby in! Try to carry them only short distances and alternate your arms so as not to put the same side under constant pressure.
There are a wonderful array of prams and pushchairs available which vary greatly in size and weight, bear this in mind when lifting in and out of the car to protect your back. Take care not to overload the pram, as pushing a heavy pram can also strain the muscles in your arms and wrists as well as putting strain on your back, neck and shoulders.
Carrying your baby is of course a necessity and there are a range of slings and carriers available which can make this easier and a lot more comfortable. However, there will inevitably be times when your baby is carried cradled in your arms; pacing up and down rocking them to sleep for example -sound familiar?
As your child grows carrying them on your hip seems to be a natural progression (don’t worry we all do it!) To help reduce the amount of strain on the back, hip, side and shoulder muscles aim to alternate the side you carry your child on and try to carry only for short distances/periods. Gentle side bending stretches can help the muscles recover from this abnormal position.
My name is Denise Ann Paskov and I have been a massage therapist since 2001. I am qualified in a range of massage therapies, but a great deal of my work is remedial and deep tissue massage used to rehabilitate injury and release tight muscle tissue caused by stress, overuse and repetitive movement.
Having treated and helped a number of new mothers I found the same issues were presenting each time and I hope by writing this article I can help many more as they embark on this wonderful new stage in their lives.
If you feel that you would benefit from a massage treatment or would like further advice or information on posture or stretching, please contact me and I will be happy to help. My therapy room is located within a one minute walk of Beaconsfield Children’s Centre in Beacon Close, Holtspur, HP9 1RJ.