Shiatsu for Post-natal Period
Experience the restorative power of Shiatsu.
The postnatal period is an important yet often overlooked transition time for the new mother, father and baby. The mental, emotional and physical energy required to birth will have depleted the woman's reserves of chi (natural energy). If time is not allowed for rest and the rebalancing of energies, particular conditions may arise such as postnatal depression, difficulties breastfeeding, constipation and persistent lochia.
In our modern Western society, little thought is given to the recovery of the mother after baby is born. It's often a matter of getting back into the normal swing of things as soon as possible.
In many Eastern cultures, including the traditional Chinese Medicine model, the post-natal period lasts for 6 weeks directly following childbirth. It's considered vital that during this period, the mother concentrates on regaining her strength and rebalancing her energies which have been depleted during the 9 months of pregnancy and childbirth.
You may start receiving Shiatsu after birth. Treatments will vary depending on what you need and how long after childbirth you are seen. Appropriate postnatal exercises and advice can be given.
You may bring your baby with you as Shiatsu can be received with your baby lying next to you. Alternatively a home visit can be arranged.
Shiatsu for Induction
This treatment can be offered from the 38th week.
For labour to progress, your body and mind must be open and relaxed. If muscles are tense or tight or we have conscious or subconscious negative perceptions or fear about childbirth, this can interfere with our ability to trust our body and we can literally hold ourselves from birthing.
In my experience of working with women during this time, I have developed a multilayered approach to encourage labour to progress. During the Shiatsu treatment, physical and emotional tensions are encouraged to release and specific acupressure points are accessed which can stimulate labour. Unlike medical inductions, accessing these acupressure points will not override your body's natural instinct. Shiatsu works by supporting the body to do what it needs to do. If your body is physically not quite ready to go into labour then it will not.
If appropriate for the individual, it may be useful to include some birth mentoring during the session to help your mind release negative perceptions. This could include some visualisations or NLP techniques.