Postpartum is a time of tremendous adjustments for your body and emotions. In the first days of breastfeeding and your recovery from birth, good care for yourself is paramount. Postpartum bodywork, as well as breastfeeding support and newborn care, can make a difference in how well you adapt to the flood of changes taking place in yourself, your baby and your family.
Make the session your own
Sessions can vary to address your personal concerns at every stage in your postpartum, breastfeeding and mothering journey.
Benefits of somatic myofascial bodywork:
- Recover from the intensity of birth
- Relieve neck, shoulder & back discomfort
- Help for painful or prolonged breastfeeding
- Release trauma from a difficult birth
- Connect with yourself & replenish your inner source
- Connect with your baby
- Bring balance if you’re on a hormonal roller coaster
- Mothering the mother
Recover from the intensity of birth
After your baby arrives, give yourself the gift of postpartum care for recovery from the impacts of birth. Myofascial therapy can relieve discomfort and help your body to come back into alignment.
Relieve tension through your neck, shoulders, and back
While you’re holding your baby in your arms, gazing into their eyes, falling in love and breastfeeding, your body may be getting pulled out of shape. Myofascial bodywork and a simple home program can relieve tension in your muscles and provide you with daily activities for self care.
Resolve breast pain and difficulties with breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural process. But nature’s design is not always perfect. Breastfeeding can be complicated and difficult for mother and baby. You and your baby may need breastfeeding support and counseling. She may need help to recover from the intensity of birth. Know that colic is a cry for help; and that gentle craniosacral therapy bodywork can resolve most difficulties of breastfeeding, colic and more.
Together we can evaluate the source of any pain and problems. With counseling and gentle, effective craniosacral therapy, you and baby can settle into comfortable, easy rhythms.
Reconnect with yourself, your baby & your partner
The reality of motherhood and parenting can be a stark contrast to idealized images. Honor your experiences with somatic bodywork to take a deep dive into places that may feel stuck or numbed out. Enter into deep relaxation and healing to reconnect with yourself. Here you can practice mindfulness for self care and parenting together.
Mothering the mother
Give yourself time to heal. You may have had a difficult or traumatic birth; or a hard pregnancy. Your body and hormones may feel out of balance now, as an emotional roller coaster. Family pressures may also take their toll. Bring support to your self-care and mothering.
You can meet a difficult history and current conditions with attentive bodywork during this vulnerable postpartum time. Enable yourself to process painful events, come to terms with how things are, and to have greater resilience.
Somatic therapy and Hakomi emotional processing supports release of physical restrictions, persistent difficult feelings and unhelpful thoughts and beliefs. With body-based mindfulness, you can create your own bubble of peace to help you move forward in your life.
Home programs are individualized for restoring body and mind depending on your intentions for well-being. Home programs may include movement activities, self massage or body awareness and mindfulness practices.
For me one big shift was that, before birth my focus was, how can I help my baby, Asher, come to this world? For this I could ask my husband as my helper, to help me birth Asher. But then after our baby was born, the central focus changed to, how can both of us take care of Asher? I was still in recovery, and Catherine brought me herbs to soak and help me heal. She helped us find a schedule. And also she was there to listen and hear our anxiety. Adam and I have each other but it’s also important to have someone else; we can only do so much for each other.
– Peng Liu