I am so very excited to introduce the Postpartum Treatment which has been two years in the making. Having delved into the world of traditional postpartum care, I've put together a highly specialized treatment intended to help women recover from pregnancy and childbirth and feel deeply nourished, refreshed and replenished. The Postpartum Treatment is a very special healing session for women who have recently experienced pregnancy and/or childbirth.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is said that women should “sit the moon” after giving birth — which means to not do anything strenuous for one month following giving birth, except for caring for baby and resting. This means staying home, relaxing, letting others clean, cook, do all other major thinking, lifting, work — essentially allowing themselves to rest while they recover from a major blood and Qi shift. They say that if during this very special time a woman is able to take enough rest and nourishment, her body and mind can become even stronger and more focused than prior to pregnancy. An old Chinese saying which addresses the significance of postnatal care is: “Eat well, sleep well, nothing is better than sitting the month well.” You can click here to read more about "sitting the moon" -- or "Zuo Yue Zi".
After this “moon”, or month, is over the Postpartum Treatment can be given. I recommend it for women who are one month to two years postpartum, although really for anyone who has experienced pregnancy/childbirth anytime in the past or could benefit from this deep healing session.
This 1.5 hour long treatment works to replenish Qi and blood and refresh the body, mind and spirit. A series of 3-5 treatments over the course of 6 months would be ideal, but even just one session can have remarkable results.
After having my son I noticed a lack in normalized postpartum care and really want to contribute to working towards filling this gap. I want women to feel empowered, supported, connected and stronger than ever in their new role. I have researched traditional and modern rituals for postpartum women and created this specialized treatment which integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine with other alternative therapies.
Women are in need of the utmost support following pregnancy and birth. Their bodies, identities, roles in life and spirits have all undergone a massive shift and without proper attention to healing they can suffer from all kinds of mental and physical health problems. Our society is very focused on women “getting back to normal” as fast as possible following pregnancy when this is a highly unrealistic goal — there is an entirely “new normal” postpartum, and that is ok, and that needs to be supported.
Each part of this session has been carefully crafted to create a deeply healing environment that truly nurtures a new mama. The Postpartum Treatment involves aromatherapy, hot stones on the energetic meridian known as the “conception vessel”, acupuncture, hand, foot and scalp acupressure massage, infrared heat therapy, the burning of traditional herbs like sage, palo santo and mugwort, and so much more.
One of the key components of this session is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique known as “closing the life gates” which involves moxibustion, the burning of mugwort to warm specific areas of the body to protect the Qi of the mother who has been, until then, giving much of her own Qi and blood to a new life. This ritual helps to ensure the "life gates" are closed and that a woman's Qi and Blood can be used to nourish her own body.
I hope this new offering will bring deep healing to any woman who is recently postpartum; this could include women who did not carry to full term as well as those new mothers who are probably feeling pretty ungrounded in their new roles and new bodies. If you or anyone you know could benefit from this treatment, please feel free to share this post — you can book The Postpartum Treatment with me at Sage Wellness on Wednesdays or Saturdays.