After having a baby, most women in America do not think of getting a massage, at least not for a while. But in India women get massages every day for forty days, from the day the baby is born! It’s called Jappa in Hindi. And, it’s been going on for quite a bit. Maybe a few millennia. It continues because it makes a great deal of difference in terms of helping women recover after giving birth and carrying a baby for nine months.
In India, the practice continues. Now in New Jersey, Mountainside On-Site Massage Therapy continues the tradition of japa, providing in-home massage therapy to women. You don’t have to be Indian, or of Indian ancestry to have japa. You just need to have just had a baby, though.
Usually, it’s the Mom’s mother, the grandmother, who massages both the mother and the baby. Sometimes even if a grandma comes all the way from India, they will do this postnatal massage every day. Some will hire an LMT. Some will hire a massage therapist and still do the traditional perinatal massage.
While this sounds too good to be true, it is real, and has been going on before Jesus, or even Moses! Before Alexander the Great and before airplanes! If something continues for ages, that says something. To be fair, American women think of massage in terms of pampering and not in terms of health like women who grew up in India.
So, so many successful women from India are choosing to be Moms, and are retaining their traditions from the homeland. Of course, when we provide japa postnatal massage therapy to women in New Jersey and New York City, we always send a Massage Therapist who is specially trained. That means not only have they passed the required state licensure, but also have additional training in prenatal massage and perinatal massage.
Many of our Massage Therapists for women are trained by Carole Osborne, one of the pioneers in the field. It wasn’t too long ago that doctors and nurses thought a Mom was frail after delivery, and a deep tissue massage would have been a frightful thought. But even now, we’ve moved into the future and medical massage for pregnant women is indicated in most cases.
What’s needed for japa, and prenatal and perinatal massage to grow in popularity is a change in perception about massage among women and the culture at large. People need to stop using words like “pampering” because it gives the false impression that massage therapy is a frill, a non-necessity. As long as people regard it as a luxury, they aren’t going to understand that thinking in this way is limiting them and keeping time-tested somatic therapies from them.