Postnatal period ushers a whole new world for a woman .This period is a potpourri of happiness & contentment , on one hand and physical & mental fatigue due to delivery, on the other hand . To overcome these highs and lows , Ayurveda has described ‘Sutika Paricharya’ i.e. Postnatal Regimen . In this regimen , Abhyanga or Ayurveda Massage has a significant role.
Abhyanga is anointment of body with warm medicated oils . It is derived from Sanskrit root ‘ang’ meaning movement or motion and prefix ‘abhi’ meaning different , against . Thus Abhyanga means rubbing , which involves motion in different directions. Abhyanga is mainly of two types – Curative and Preventive. During Postnatal period , it has a curative effect .
Following delivery, the major changes which occur in a woman’s body are :
* Lack of tone of abdominal and perineal muscles.
* Laxity of vagina and uterus which may lead to prolapse if not taken care.