Many women feel they aren’t given enough support and find it hard to build confidence after a C-section. They can feel daunted by scar care and are often left with minimal aftercare and nowhere to turn to for advice. Many experience pain, discomfort or restriction around their scars or have lower back pain. Those may also be struggling to lose the ‘overhang’ or ‘mummy tummy’ that so many of us have.
Scar-savvy experts and mums themselves, Hannah and Roxanne have come together to create a powerhouse of information for new mums. Their online course aims to empower mums to feel more confident about their postpartum bodies through a holistic approach to wellbeing, including exercise and proper scar massage.
“We found many C-sections mums telling us they couldn’t touch their scars, that even a year after their birth they were still in pain and feeling numb. Women are often told that this is normal and that not much can be done. We don’t believe this to be the case. Scar tissue is created after the body goes through trauma such as a C-Section. It has the potential to cause other issues in the body such as pain, heavier periods and digestive issues. We believe this can be helped with massage and movement.”
After Roxanne’s C-Section a few years ago she went to Hannah for advice on scar massage. She found that Hannah’s massage recovery techniques not only helped her scar heal better but also helped her connect mentally with her body again too. Roxanne found combining this with her tailor-made postnatal fitness programme enhanced her recovery in a safe and really effective way.
Over the last few years, Hannah and Roxanne have been working with other mums in similar situations to recover from their C-Sections both physically and mentally. They have found that the mental and emotional healing is often not discussed enough during the recovery process. This leaves new mums feeling disconnected from their bodies and a bit lost. Their unique combination of exercise and massage together really helps women with their C-section recovery.
Massage and exercise are two ways you can really support your healing and recovery. It can also give you the confidence to touch your scar and help you to reconnect with your tummy.
Massage is an amazing tool for preventing the build-up of scar tissue. It’s easy to forget that your scar is not just the line you see on the surface. Your scar is running all the way through to your uterus, through layers and layers of tissue. A build-up of scar tissue all the way through can occur. Combining massage with movement and exercise to build your inner core strength, learn what to do about Diastasis Recti. Even better, know which exercises to do, to make sure you recover more quickly and in the most effective way.
Even if it’s been six months or ten years since your C-section, it’s never too late to make changes to your body and help you feel better!
Movement is essential to support your healing. Start moving around as soon as you can. Have someone assist you getting up out of bed at first. Try to walk a little each day adding a few more steps each time. Don’t push your body, you will know when it’s too much. When getting up out of bed roll on to your side & push up from there this will help your abdominals heal. Getting that posture back and blood flowing round your body again is important for your muscle recovery & healing.
Pain/restriction around your scar
Scar massage can help prevent the build-up of scar tissue and help to ease pain or restriction around your scar. Once your scar is fully healed you can start to massage. We really recommend doing this, it can help with the scar tissue and physical appearance of your scar.
Strengthen your body
Once you have been signed off by your doctor, it is super important to repair and strengthen your inner core & move your body. Exercises which help you build a strong foundation and sculpt key muscles are essential for your posture and stability.
A huge part of C-Section recovery is learning how to reconnect with your tummy and core. Physical and emotional trauma can contribute to numbness and disconnection with your tummy. Learning how to activate your inner core and pelvic floor correctly alongside practicing breathing down to your scar can really help.
Reconnect and learn to love your tummy
Our tummies are often a source of shame for a lot of women and a place we hold a lot of emotion. Touching your scar, exercising in the right way and massaging your tummy can give you confidence in your body. It can help you to build confidence after a C-section and reconnect with your tummy. Even learn to love and accept your scar.
Learn more about how scar massage and exercise can support your recovery and to join an amazing community of C-section mamas. It is so important to build confidence after a C-section, so check out Hannah and Roxanne’s online programme.
Check out more about the recovery program here.
I am a former professional tennis player and now highly qualified personal trainer, specialising in pre & postpartum training for over 8 years now. I have helped countless new mothers on their roads to a happier & healthier postpartum life through my very successful online training programme.
Through a holistic approach to your wellbeing, nutrition and overall fitness, I want to help you to become a more confident and happier individual. Someone who is proud of the physique and fitness level you have achieved after having a C-section.
Find Roxy www.roxyfit.co.uk
Instagram : @roxyfitblog
I am a pre and post natal sports and remedial soft tissue therapist and I specialise in post-natal recovery and C-section scar massage. I run a busy clinic in North London where I work with lots of mums, helping them with their birth recovery. In addition to this, I am also a mum of two.
Find Hannah https://www.hannahjohnsontherapies.com/
Instagram : @hannahjohnsontherapies
We’ve helped dozens of women to take their c-section recovery into their own hands. We empower them with the knowledge and skills to massage their own scars. Within 4 weeks they have all reported less pain and restriction, increased sensation, increased sense of connection with their tummies and acceptance of their scars. Not to mention the confidence to actually touch their scar!
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