Confessions of a post-natal massage therapist

Confessions of a post-natal massage therapist
File picture of a post-natal massage therapy.

SINGAPORE - She has had a client perform a seductive striptease, complete with coquettish eyes and sultry looks, in front of her.

It came as a shock to Madam Marsita Mohamed Yunos, who is a post-natal massage therapist.

"All I did was ask her to take her clothes off and get on the bed for the therapy," says Madam Marsita, who is better known as Marz to her clients.

She ignored her but made sure she did not touch the client in intimate places, just in case.

The awkward session was also performed in complete silence, says the mother of three.

It happened a few years ago and she quickly clarifies that most of her clients are not that shocking.

Madam Marsita is the listening ear to new mothers who pour out their worries, as she massages their bodies to help them regain their pre-pregnancy shape, reduce water retention and expel "wind".

She is even a lactation consultant, often having to advise mothers about breast engorgement and massaging the pain away.

She recalls a case where a client, who had breast implants, had extremely swollen breasts after giving birth. She told her to seek advice from a doctor because of the implants.

As for other mothers with normal breast engorgement issues, the therapist's deft hands help to alleviate the condition.

Her career began more than 13 years ago. She took up a course in massage because she wanted to soothe the pain her father was going through because of kidney failure.

She would massage him for almost six hours a night, until he could fall asleep.

After his death, she translated those skills to helping others.

Her specialisation in post-natal massages came about after she took another course to cater to the high demand from new mothers.

She says: "I feel happy when I can make people feel better, healthier, and heal them with my touch."

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