Self-Massage for New Moms: 3 Great Tips
Posted by Versandra Kennebrew
When I was young, I was taught that to touch myself was sinful. Forty years later, I am amazed at how many mis-educated women are still afraid the boogie man will get them if they think of performing a breast self examination that lasts more than sixty-seconds. For these deprived women (who somehow manage to become moms without the experience of exploring their own bodies) and liberated women alike, this article is for you.
Contemplating why my grandmother and the church would teach me that my body, my transporter, my communicator, my vessel, my temple was somehow God’s worse creation has lead me to the following conclusion, “the truth shall make you free.” So what is the truth about our amazing bodies and how we interact with them via touch? Well it sure isn’t ignore it, disconnect from it and it will grow strong and healthy. In fact, the opposite is true. Nurture, protect, explore and connect with your body and it will serve you well.
New Mom Self Massage Tips
- When your breasts are extra tender, try gently applying baby powder on your dry skin with your fingertips. Glide your powdered left hand from your right arm pit inward toward your heart then switch sides applying the same gentle strokes. (Supports lymphatic system)
- When massaging your abdomen, lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat for best results. (A bolster or pillow under your knees can add comfort to your low back) Draw large circles counter-clockwise using a moisturizing cream to promote skin elasticity.
- Use a wall mirror (if possible) when exploring/touching your body. Then try the same exploration with your eyes closed. Redness, darkness, new moles may be visual signs you should share with your doctor. Heat, clamminess or indentations that remain after you touch should also be brought to your doctor’s attention.
#touchtuesday #mmm #mwn
About Versandra KennebrewVersandra Kennebrew, CEO of VKI Personal Development LLC has taught, mentored and coached hundreds of massage therapists and other healing artists in her 20-year career as a holistic health professional. By providing transformational retreats and TAC Programs she helps healing artists stay grounded in self-care as they heal the world. Coach Versandra is the author of 6 personal development books and speaks internationally. After completing her Certified Touch Artist training program, trainers facilitate workshops, home gatherings, retreats and virtual classes for their clients in order to promote self-care, intimacy and healthy non-verbal communication. Class participants are invited to tap into their imagination and spirituality to become touch artist’s creating touch masterpieces with their hands.
Posted on February 14, 2012, in Infant Massage, Information and tagged author, detroit, development, Health, Kennebrew, life coach, Lymph, Lymphatic system, Massage, massage therapist, michigan, new mom, personal, Skin Care, touch is great, Versandra, well-being. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.