Postnatal care: Oils for your post delivery massage
Post delivery massage is also known as post natal massage. This is a massage that is given to mums for upto forty days after giving birth. It usually starts off from the feet, moving upwards which ends in a head massage. It is the perfect get-away for a new mom, an hour where she is given a break from all the noise and chaos that prevails in her house. Irrespective of how busy you get after the arrival of the kings and queens, take some time out for yourself for this massage that will help rejuvenate your body and mind. Our life has become so complex because of the never-ending variety that these days there prevails a great sense of confusion as to what kind of oil to use for such massages. So to make your life a little bit simpler, here are a couple of oils that you could use:
1. Mustard Oil
Mustard oil is considered as a ‘warming’ oil which is believed to improve blood circulation as well as relieve joint pain. The ‘warming’ effect seems to improve the healing process. Along with it’s medical benefits, it is an oil that is cheap and easily available at almost every shop. Its pungent odour can be unpleasant for some people.
2. Almond oil
The dominating property of this oil is that it is easily absorbed by the skin, thereby making it a good moisturiser. It also helps in improving one’s complexion and reducing stretch marks and as a result its popularity is growing. For many it is the ideal oil for post natal massages but its price may act as a barrier for some.
3. Coconut oil
Just like the fruit which acts as cooler in the summer months, the oil extracted from it gives a cooling and hydrating effect. It is an oil that is normally used extensively for head massages in particular but it can be used for the whole body as well. The unique and pleasant smell give a soothing feeling which is made better by its widespread availability and cheap price. ( This oil might not be recommended by a few doctors who feel that a postnatal massage should be done with a warm oil.)
4. Herbal oils
Herbal oils include ayurvedic oils. Oil massages with these oils aim to improve the overall body strength of the woman. Along with that it also helps to improve skin tone. There a wide variety of such oils and therefore it gets pretty laborious as one needs to consult a specialist with regard to what oil suits your skin and what doesn’t.
5. Sesame Oil
In a sub-tropical country like India, there are parts which suffer from extremely high temperatures at some point or all around the year.In such places cooling oils can really deliver a big sense of relief and relaxation. Just like coconut oil, sesame oil too is a cooling oil. It is believed to control stress and along with it blood pressure. (This oil might not be recommended by a few doctors who feel that a postnatal massage should be done with a warm oil.)
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