A major aspect of helping your clients as a prenatal massage therapist is assisting them through their recovery after birth. A woman's body goes through intense effects and changes during birth. It is important to be educated on these topics to properly care for your clients.
The first major step in this this type of education is becoming a doula. When you are trained as a doula, you gain a lot of knowledge about labor, birth, and delivery. If you are wanting to help your clients recover from birth, you are going to need to fully understand exactly what goes on during it. A doula provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother before, during, and after childbirth. To know the best ways to care for the mother, you need to understand the major details of what went on during her birth. Did she have a c- section or vaginal birth? Did she have a natural or medicated birth? Did she have a forceps delivery or a vacuum extraction? Taking note of these details will ensure the mother is receiving the proper care.
Make it a priority to understand Diastasis Recti and how to minimize it. Diastasis rectus abdominis is a separation of the left and right sides of the outermost stomach muscle. This condition occurs the most within pregnant women. Treatment includes physical therapy or surgery. There are many exercises that can be done at home or with a postpartum fitness specialist. Educating yourself on this topic will have you prepared to answer any questions the mother has. It is also beneficial to have knowledge of a tradition called “Mother Roasting”. Mother Roasting is the sacred process of bringing neat to the mother’s body that was expelled during birth. It is considered a ritual of celebration toward the mother. Other valuable skills are bengkung belly binding and becoming a postpartum doula. A postpartum doula provides non-medical support in the days and weeks following birth. This includes breastfeeding support, a certification in infant care, understanding how to relieve pelvic pain, and being there to listen and make the mother feel heard.
Birth is a major event that calls for the extra care of a prenatal massage specialist. Educating yourself on additional areas will allow you to go above and beyond for your clients. Are you interested in learning more about becoming a prenatal massage specialist and more? Join our Facebook Group “Prenatal Massage Specialists” and experience wonderful discussion and educational topics to help guide you in your professional massage career.