Post-pregnancy rebalancing act: The Healing Arts step in to rejuvenate new mothers with specialized treatments
Ayurvedic prescriptions for post-postpartum care turn to the combined healing elements of vigorous massage, nourishing oils, and aromatic herbs. According to this Indian holistic healing system, the application of these therapies (chosen according to a woman’s dosha-dosha-pitta, vata, or kapha) helps replenish bone marrow (majja) and female reproductive tissues (rajas) weakened by childbirth.
A Rasayana Post-Pregnancy Healing Session at Surya Spa in Pacific Palisades, California, pulls together the postnatal treatments of this ancient medicine in a modern spa setting. Warm sesame or safflower oils are first spread onto the back, preparing the body for a deep and rigorous two-hour-long marma (energy) point massage. Afterward, warm linen bags are filled with cooked rice and fragrant herbs are smoothed over the skin. The new mother is then treated to a detoxifying and exfoliating rubdown with chickpea flour and herb blend. The experience concludes with shirodhara, a bliss-inducing treatment of warm herb-infused oil poured onto the forehead for 20 minutes. The flow centers on the area over the pituitary gland, which plays a major role in hormone regulation. Ayurvedic theory holds that its stimulating action helps balance hormones while promoting relaxation and restoring energy.