Postpartum bodywork

Postpartum is a period of continuous change. In the first days of breastfeeding and your recovery from birth, good care for yourself is paramount. Postpartum bodywork and alignment activities, along with breastfeeding support and newborn care, can buoy you in the stream of changes for yourself, your baby and your family.

Make the session your own

Sessions can vary to address your personal concerns at every stage in your postpartum, breastfeeding and mothering journey.

Benefits of somatic myofascial bodywork:

  • Recover from the intensity of birth
  • Relieve neck, shoulder & back discomfort
  • Build core strength & abdominal integrity
  • Support pelvic floor toning for comfort & continence
  • Help for painful or prolonged breastfeeding
  • Release trauma from a difficult birth
  • Connect with yourself & replenish your inner source
  • Connect with your baby
  • Bring balance if you’re on a hormonal roller coaster
  • Mothering yourself as the mother

Recover from the intensity of birth

After your baby arrives, give yourself the gift of postpartum care for recovery from the impacts of birth.  Regain tone and strength through your abdominals and pelvic floor while relieving discomfort with myofascial therapy and your home program for alignment. 

Relieve tension through your neck, shoulders, and back

While you’re holding your baby in your arms, gazing into their eyes, falling in love and breastfeeding, your body may be getting pulled out of shape. Myofascial bodywork and simple alignment activities can relieve tension and create balance for you to carry out your daily activities with self care.

Movement awareness for core strength & suppleness

Care for yourself as you care for your baby. Incorporate healthy movement into your daily life to build core strength during your daily activities. Begin here with clear guidance on how to safely recover and rebuild. With Body Ready Method®, you do activities designed for your personal postpartum fitness. 

Resolve breast pain and difficulties with breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural process, but nature’s design is not always perfect. Breastfeeding can be complicated and difficult for mother and baby. You may need breastfeeding support, while your baby may need gentle craniosacral therapy bodywork to recover from the intensity of birth. Together we can evaluate the source of any pain and problems to help you and baby to settle into comfortable, easy rhythms.

Reconnect with yourself, your baby & your partner

The reality of motherhood and parenting can be a stark contrast to idealized images and expectations. Honor your experiences with somatic bodywork to take a deep dive into places that may feel stuck or numbed out. Enter into deep relaxation and healing to reconnect with yourself. Here you can practice mindfulness for self care and parenting together.

Mothering the mother

Give yourself time to heal. You may have had a difficult or traumatic birth; or a hard pregnancy. Your body and hormones may feel out of balance now, as an emotional roller coaster. Family pressures may also take their toll. Bring support to your self-care and mothering. 

You can meet a difficult history and current conditions with attentive bodywork during this vulnerable postpartum time. Enable yourself to process painful events, come to terms with how things are, and to have greater resilience. With body-based mindfulness, you can create your own bubble of peace to help you move forward in your life.

Somatic therapy supports release of physical restrictions, persistent difficult feelings and unhelpful thoughts and beliefs. Combine support from a professional mental health counselor with somatic therapy for very challenging emotional states. Call on Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN if you’re afraid that you may harm yourself or your baby.

Home programs

Home programs are individualized for restoring body and mind depending on your concerns and goals. Your home program may include body awareness, movement activities, self massage or mindfulness practices, based on your intentions for well-being.

What to expect in a postpartum session

She was there to hear our anxiety

For me one big shift was that, before birth my focus was, how can I help my baby, Asher, come to this world? For this I could ask my husband as my helper, to help me birth Asher. But then after our baby was born, the central focus changed to, how can both of us take care of Asher? I was still in recovery, and Catherine brought me herbs to soak and help me heal. She helped us find a schedule. And also she was there to listen and hear our anxiety. Adam and I have each other but it’s also important to have someone else; we can only do so much for each other.

– Peng Liu

Self care in the middle of toyland

Mother of four young children, mama J creates time for a self massage with a simple MamaBebe home program.

What Catherine brings