The following are circumstances under which a post-delivery massage should not be carried out:
- If you have a certain skin condition that may be made worse by massage such as eczema, rashes, among other infectious skin conditions. You should inform the massage therapist before you schedule the massage so that he can postpone the session until a later date when you are fully recovered.
- The massage therapist should avoid the use of paraben-containing products as they will inhibit the proper working of the hormones and may lead to breast cancer. The massage oil should also not be applied in the area around the breast area as the baby may accidentally ingest it while breastfeeding.
- If you suffer from high blood pressure or other health complications like a hernia, ensure that the massage therapist is aware of this fact so that he will not massage the areas that may worsen the condition.
- If after the delivery you suffer from hypertension, severe migraine, or severe swelling that was as a result of the pregnancy, you should have it treated before the massage session is arranged. Until the doctor certifies that it is safe for you to have a massage, you should concentrate on getting better.
- If you have an open wound on the part of the skin that will be massaged, you should wait until the wound is completely healed. Once this is done, you can then enjoy a massage session at a professional spa.
- If the massage therapist that will be conducting the massage therapy is not a professional post-partum massage therapist, do not agree to have the massage. She will not know the proper way of carrying out the massage and instead of helping you in the recovery process; she will make your current condition even worse.
- Stomach massage should not be carried out immediately after childbirth; it should wait for at least six weeks especially when the birth was through a caesarian section. The initial massage therapy should be focused on the arms, feet, shoulders, and every other part of the body. The stomach massage will be done after it is fully recovered.
- If you feel that you are not ready to have the massage, do not force yourself into it; you have to wait until you are ready to have another person massage you. This is the only way you can enjoy the full benefits of the massage.
The proper time to have a massage therapy varies from one person to the other; to one person, she may want to have a massage session just a day after giving birth. Another person may be traumatized after giving birth and will not entertain the idea of having another person touching her body until six months after delivery. Both decisions should be respected and the massage should be conducted when the woman is psychologically ready.
To test if the massage will be safe for you, try massaging yourself and if you do not feel any discomfort, you can be sure that you will ensure a massage session at the spa. If you feel intense pain when you attempt to touch your body, it will not be a good idea to allow another person to massage you. Wait until it is completely safe to have the massage.