postnatal massage faq's

If you’ve had a healthy pregnancy and delivery without any major complications, a massage can safely be given whenever you feel ready after your baby’s birth. However it is best to leave it at least a week after a vaginal birth.

If you have had a caesarean section it is best to leave it at least 6 weeks or until you are released from maternal care and your scar tissue has healed. It is best to avoid having a massage if you have any active infection post-natally, be that a c-section wound or unirary tract or any other type of infection as the massage could potentially worsen the infection.

I can understand that you may feel a bit unsure about whether massage is safe during the pandemic. Please be assured that your safety is my first priority and so allpossible measures have been put in place to protect you. Full information can be found at on the Covid-19 link on the top menu. Under normal circumstances I'd be delighted if you brought your baby along with you for your treatment but so we can limit any potential chance of infection, unfortunatley that isn't possible during the pandemic.

Massage after you have given birth can be extremely beneficial in helping you adjust emotionally and physically. However, there are instances when massage might not be appropriate or I’ll need to ask your primary healthcare provider (GP, midwife or consultant) for their consent to go ahead with treatments.

If you’ve had any complications during your labour or any subsequent health concerns, then approval will be needed prior to any postnatal treatments. Or if you have any infections or communicable diseases, fever, unexplained bleeding, blood clot or phlebitis, massage won’t be suitable until you are fully recovered.

I will ask you about your health when you make your appointment and you’ll also have a full consultation at your first postnatal massage session when we will make sure that it is safe to go ahead with your treatment. For more information on contraindications to massage, please see the massage safety pages.

After you’ve had your baby, your body is faced with new challenges. Lifting, cuddling and feeding can all put your body under new stresses.

Postnatal massage concentrates on relieving physical strain that may have built up over your pregnancy as well as treating the new strains your body is under. Just as importantly, massage therapy can help strengthen you emotionally by relaxing you and helping to reduce the symptoms of stress. At a time when so much in your life is centred on your baby, massage therapy can give you a wonderful opportunity to concentrate on your own needs for a while and have a much deserved break.

The first few postnatal sessions will focus on relaxation rather than any deep muscular work. I’ll ensure that you are positioned comfortably and this will very much depend on your needs at the time of the appointment – initially you will most likely prefer to be side-lying and supported with pillows as your breasts may be tender and/or you may have tenderness around the site of an epidural. Your position will then be adjusted as you move through your postnatal recovery to ensure that you get the most from your treatments.

I love it when clients bring their babies with them to their appointment. It is wonderful to meet their little ones after getting to know the bump! But sadly during the Covid-19 outbreak I will need you to come to your appointment by yourself. This is to protect you and your baby from potential infection.

Please take a look at the individual treatments page for details of prices. I would also be delighted if you joined the Calico Mobile Pregnancy Massage Facebook group. Exclusive one-off offers and news are announced on this page and all you need to do is click on the link above and 'like' the page.

It is entirely up to you! For the most beneficial results, I recommend fortnightly or three-weekly treatments but I do realise that it may be constraints of budget rather than desire that get in the way of this and I will never put you under any pressure to commit to a certain number of sessions. Your body usually 'tells' you when it is ready for another massage and this is a very individual thing. All I'd suggest is that if you like an appointment on a certain day and at a certain time (particularly if you prefer an evening appointment), then it is a good idea to book in a number of sesssions in advance so that you can be sure of getting your ideal appointment slot!

Please take a look at the individual treatments page for details of prices. I would also be delighted if you joined the Calico Mobile Pregnancy Massage Facebook group. Exclusive one-off offers and news are announced on this page and all you need to do is click on the link above and 'like' the page.

Then please do just use get in touch via the Contact page, I'd love to hear from you!