Post Natal Binding, Wrapping and Jamu Massage have been part of the Chinese, Hindu , Indonesian and Malay cultures for centuries.
Jamu massage is different from any other massage – it’s specifically designed to provide post birth care for mothers. The techniques focus on recovery after childbirth by moving blood clots and improving the body’s blood circulation. The term ‘Jamu’ also covers the use of traditional herbs and plants that are applied to the abdominal area under all the bandages and wraps. It encompasses the complete ritual of the experience – physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing after birth. The techniques also aim to keep the body very warm which can lead to faster healing after birth. This is also the aim of nutritious ‘confinement’ food for the first three months post childbirth.
Jamu is also referred to as Bengkung belly binding, postpartum care, abdominal binding and wrapping, and traditional Malay abdominal binding. The family descends upon the mother as soon as she gets home for her “confinement period” – a time to stay home and care for mother and baby.
The family helps by making sure she gets enough sleep, and doesn’t have to worry about the house. They also support her physically, emotionally and mentally. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these cultures have very low rates of post natal depression (PND).
Their support might include encouraging the process of lactation, healing and rest with nutritious foods. It’s also normal to keep visitors away for at least a month within these cultures. The family will bring the baby to the mother for feeding and then help with settling afterwards. Mum is likely to experience Jamu binding and wrapping and herbal applications for the abdomen, while massage is popular for both mother and infant.
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Jamu truly contributes to postpartum healing. Some of the post natal benefits of Jamu can include:
Interested? Find out more about the Jamu experience.