Postnatal Abdominal Wrapping Services
Restoring Your Weakened Core After Pregnancy
Why Do Women Get an After Pregnancy Abdominal Pooch?
When the baby and placenta are birthed this leaves an empty cavity in the lower abdomen that is temporarily filled by the internal organs when they drop down. As the organs shrink and reposition back they are supported by, and put weight on, the already-stretched abdominal muscles that are also relaxed due to the relaxin hormone, which is in the body for three months. The organs push out on the stomach muscles which can stretch them permanently. The abdomen benefits from a combination of gentle manipulation and application of stimulatory herbs.
- Holds together the muscles of the abdominal walls allowing for ease of muscle retraction.
- Provides support to the torso while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.
- Improves posture leading to better breastmilk supply and expelling breastmilk.
- Material on hips encourages cervix to close faster and supports weakened perineum.
- Relieves back pain.
- Stabilizes loosened ligaments.
- Support of spine improves energy level.
- Encourages repair and closing of the abdominal muscles – diastasis recti.
Abdominal preparation includes:
- Using a heated herbal poultice to gently, infuse deep heat into the abdomen stimulates the body to release retained water, fat, air, and lochia at a faster rate.
- Warming herbal oils to stimulate the loss of fluids, stimulate digestion.
- Herbal firming blend paste mask.
- Postnatal abdominal wrap.
- Calming herbal blend paste mask – a traditional recipe for postnatal blues and hormonal headaches.
- Postnatal herbal tea.
Clients are provided with one modern Bengkung style wrap at the first session and are required to re-use.
Yoni Steams: Healing: V-Steams
The concept of combining herbs and steam for medicinal use can be traced back centuries ago to eastern cultures in Africa and Asia. In Malaysia, a v-steam is an important component of the postnatal body treatment and given before the oil massage as the steam heats a mama’s body both internally and externally, softening her body and opening her pores for the massage to be even more effective.
V-steams bring the heat to the womb. The use of specific herbs work in combination to nourish, tone, heal, bring in fresh oxygenated blood, promote cleansing, and shrink the swollen vaginal and uterine tissues after pregnancy and childbirth. The moist heat opens the pores of the tissues it comes into contact with. The water vapor carries the medicinal benefits of the plants, including volatile oils. This is absorbed into the tissues and enters the bloodstream, having a direct healing effect on the reproductive system. Vaginal tissue is one of the most absorbent of the entire female body.
V-steams can be dry or wet. A mama sits over a specially designed sauna and either dry herbs are added to hot stones causing ‘smoke’ to rise into the perineum area or herbs are added to water that causes wet steam to rise. A postnatal v-steam, as part of the postnatal treatment, is 20 minutes.
Benefits of a V-Steam after Childbirth
- Helps softens and melts blood clots in the lochia for easy passing.
- Reduces uterus swelling.
- Reduces excessive vaginal discharge.
- Eliminates foul odor.
- Enhances the healing of tears and cuts in the vaginal area.
- Helps tighten the pelvic floor muscles.
- Reduces the possibility of vaginal infection and itchiness.
- Helps cleanse and deodorize vaginal area.
Sacred Herbs for Postpartum V-Steams
The essential herbs used in after birth v-steams are a blend of herbs that have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and circulation properties combined with herbs known for feminine health – such as the White Senduduk, (Melastoma malabathricum) traditionally used to treat feminine problems as it contains a high percentage of tannins help to contract tissues and prevent infections and reduce inflammations. Additional natural ingredients:
- Javanese turmeric
- Oakgall leaf
- Vertiver root
Abdominal wrapping + V-Steam – 1.5 hours
Sacred Closing Bath
The child bearing cycle begins with fertility, then blossoms into pregnancy climaxes with birth, and culminates with recovery. In cultures that view pregnancy ending with birth leaves a woman’s experience of pregnancy “open-ended” as there is no mental, emotional, or spiritual closure of her experience. Many cultures around the world do have sacred traditions and ceremonies surrounding the postpartum period. Women are honored in ways that recognize their rite of passage into motherhood, whether it is for the first time or for successive children. In cultures that have designated recovery periods, a special ceremony marks the end of her recovery and her re-entrance into society.
The most common closing ritual is a ceremonial bath, which honors and recognizes a Mother’s strength and selfless sacrifice she went through to birth her child into the world. In Malaysia, there is an ancient ceremonial practice to end the postpartum recovery period.
The mother is given a floral bath with varieties of scented flowers, seven citrus limes, and rose water.
The fragrant flowers such as rose, sunflower, and white daisies symbolically wash away the scent of the blood, or lochia, which has been dispelled from the Mother’s body during the previous weeks, restoring her feminine aroma.
Citrus limes are traditionally used for cleansing the body and spirit.
The rose water is added as the rose is attributed to femininity; and is a symbol of achievement, completion, and perfection. Each woman is considered “perfect” just as she is, even after birth when women do not feel particularly beautiful.
This final treatment is to welcome the mother to a new healthy harmonious life.
Birth is a celebration and the primary person involved in the process, the Mother, is honored for her achievement. Doesn’t that sound like a lovely ceremony to honor a mother and seal her body and birth experience?