What about post-natal massage?
In India, post-natal massage is given daily to all mothers for over a month...In Australia, we aren't so generous but we should be doing more to look after new mums! Massage can help recovery and the relaxation encourages milk let down. Research shows proven benefits including help for those mothers with postnatal depression.
Massage needs to be altered and is sometimes not immediately appropriate if maternal complications have occurred - a doctor's permission is needed.
The side-lying position is still most appropriate unless the mother prefers to lie prone, being well-supported especially under her chest. No deep pressure is applied at the epidural site until residual tenderness is resolved. Swollen ankles and feet are common especially after an epidural.