What to do after your Massage

Did you know that massage therapy stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer? The evidence is clear! There is no doubt that massage therapy can help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. So the question is, how can we prolong the the positive effects of massage for as long as possible? Here are a few tips to help you maintain your results.

Hydrate

In order to function properly, your cells, vital organs, and muscles must be hydrated. Therefore, you must be sure to drink enough water. You should drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. So, if you weigh 120 lbs, you should consume 60 ounces of water.

Exercise

A day or two after your massage, resume your normal exercise routine. Exercise keeps your muscles active, relieves tension, and helps flush toxins from the body.

Nourish

Be sure to eat lots of nutrient dense organic proteins,  fruits and vegetables. Some of the most nutrient dense foods are: Grass fed beef, Salmon, eggs, seaweed, avocado, mushrooms, spinach, almonds, bok choy, and tomatoes.

Schedule your next massage

Although the effects of massage can be prolonged, it will not be permanent. It is recommended that you schedule a massage at least once per month for regular maintenance. If you suffer from chronic muscle aches or stress, it may be recommended to start out more frequently. Your massage therapist can help you figure out the right frequency for you.  Massage is a great way to prevent minor aches and pains from turning into major problems. It should be considered a necessity rather than a luxury. Schedule your next massage HERE.

What value does a Doula bring to a birth?


When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families.

What value would you put on a product that could shorten your labor, provide a more positive outlook on your birth and postpartum period, and substantially lower your chance of having a cesarean that isn’t medically necessary?

What if I told you there is a way to have all those things and more, and it will change your life forever? What if I told you it’s as simple as hiring a doula?

In a Cochrane review from 2013 women with doulas were shown to:

Be more likely to give birth spontaneously, i.e. give birth without cesarean, vacuum, or forceps
Be less likely to use pain medications
Be more satisfied with their overall birth experience and the days immediately postpartum
Have shorter labors
Have babies that were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores

A doula is not just another member of your birth team. A doula’s sole purpose is to form a relationship with you and your partner in order to better support you throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early postpartum period.

Nurses and doctors provide wonderful medical care; however, they have multiple patients and cannot be by your side through your entire labor. Your doula will be by your side the moment you need her, whether that is at your home or hospital, and through the duration of your labor. The value of hiring someone who is there for you from start to finish is immeasurable.

Your needs, wants, and desires come first. Doulas are there to cheer you on, support your decisions, ensure you have someone to lean on, provide security, and help research information. They are there to help your partner connect with you deeper so that he/she can support you more fully.

I have worked hard to facilitate professional, supportive relationships with the care providers in the community. When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families. You are hiring someone who is knowledgeable, certified, and experienced in this field of expertise and that is priceless!