A massage is considered a postpartum massage if it occurs during the first 12 weeks after your baby is born.
Often called the 4th trimester, this is a time for deep connection with your baby and deep recovery for you in your body and with your mind and your spirit. And this is a time of transition, as you begin to acclimate to this new being that was safe inside your body and is now a separate person.
This is a beautiful time for you to self-care.
During a postpartum massage, we are very mindful of how your body feels—what position to lie in, where you need touch, and how hard or soft you need the physical input that comes from massage. During this time we also honor that you are not holding your baby. This may be the first time that they are not with you. This can feel like a welcome relief or it can feel sad or, frankly, traumatic. We honor all of this.
If you would like your baby with you, during the postpartum massage, we can do that. If you would like your spouse, or partner or a friend, to hold you baby in the same space, we can do that, too. If you want this time along, to go inward, that is also exactly the right thing to do. Whatever works for you to make this process the most healing it can be, that is what we will do during this beautiful time of transition into motherhood.