It is easy to think of getting a massage as a special treat to indulge in over vacation or on your birthday. Who doesn’t like to feel pampered on a day off? However, massage is much more than just a feel-good activity.
Massage can be a significant way to boost our overall health and wellbeing. In fact, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, 67 percent of people report their primary reason for receiving a massage in the last 12 months was medical.
A variety of issues such as headaches, chronic stress, back pain, sleep issues and more can be effectively treated with massage.
And, the benefits of regular, or semi-regular, massage are particularly relevant to the hectic, high demand life of a new mom.
Our colleague Lindsey Lowrance from Exploring Inner Peace explains it this way:
When moms are asked what they would do if they miraculously had a free hour, many ideas for self-care and relaxation come up including massage. But did you know that massage isn't just about getting pampered and having a moment to relax? There's so much more to it!
Some of the benefits derived from regular massage that are particularly relevant to moms include:
1) Boosting the Immune System
2) Reducing Anxiety and Depression (including postpartum depression)
3) Improving Quality of Sleep
4) Improving Decision Making and Reducing “Brain Fog”
5) Promoting Mental and Physical Health in Infants
Both common sense experience, and recent research shows that massage can be an essential part of the “healthy mom toolkit” for both new and expecting moms.
It can be a powerful way of helping you be your best for yourself and for your family.
When you take good care of your body and your mind you are better able to bond with your child, help your family to make healthy choices and handle the stresses of daily life. Your wellbeing is a gift you give to both your children and your partner and it creates a ripple effect of love and health that nurtures the entire family.
Our in-house massage therapist Caitlin Granier explains it this way:
At a time when hormones are raging, sleep is compromised, your body is shifting, and you have a 1000-page to-do list looming, your relaxation is one of the best things you can do for you and your baby.
So, stop putting off getting a massage until there is a special occasion! You are a mom now. That is reason enough to treat yourself well.
To book a massage at the Kali institute go here:
And be sure to check out this great blog by Twin Mom Expert Lindsey Lowrance of Exploring Inner Peace:
De-stress & Heal Trauma: Twin Moms’ Guide to Massage Therapy https://www.lindseycounseling.com/blog
Finally, you can check out the following studies if you would like to dive into some of the research related to the benefits of massage for new and expecting mothers:
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3419840/ National Institutes of Health Mark H. Rapaport, MD, Pamela Schettler, PhD, and Catherine Bresee,
Study of the Effects of Repeated Massage on Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal and Immune Function in Healthy Individuals
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23251939 National Institutes of Health Morhenn V1, Beavin LE, Zak PJ. Massage increases oxytocin and reduces adrenocorticotropin hormone in humans.
4. https://www.integrativehealthcare.org/mt/insomnia-serotonin-massage/ Institute for Integrative Healthcare Nicole Cutler L.Ac. Insomnia, Serotonin and Massage
5. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00207459608986710 International Journal of Neuroscience Tiffany Field Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Gail Ironson, Frank Scafidi, Tom Nawrocki, Alex Goncalves, Iris Burman Massage Therapy Reduces Anxiety and Enhances Eeg Pattern of Alertness and Math Computations
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17054233 National Institutes of Health Underdown A1, Barlow J, Chung V, Stewart-Brown S. Massage intervention for promoting mental and physical health in infants aged under six months.