Massage

Prenatal Massage

What is prenatal massage?

Prenatal massage can refer to any type of modality of massage where the session is custom-tailored to fit the needs of expecting mothers. Massages are modified with special tables with a hole in them that allows you to lay face down even you’re pregnant, or with special pillows (“bolsters”) that help make laying on your side perfectly comfortable.

Massage therapists undergo special training in prenatal massage, so they know how to alter their techniques and pressure to safely relieve pain, tightness, and soreness caused by the stress of pregnancy.

What are the benefits of prenatal massage?

Prenatal massage can help relieve lower backaches, chronic tension headaches and stress, and offers expecting mothers a good way to get some much-needed relaxation. Pregnancy puts additional stress on the low-back, shoulders, neck (and the rest of the body!), and prenatal massages can offer relief from tension and improve posture. The benefits of your session can vary depending on the modalities employed and the background of the massage therapist.

Are there special precautions I should take before my prenatal massage?

First, you’ll want to make sure your therapist is trained in prenatal massage therapy. There are no standard national regulations, but there are many certification programs therapists may go through. Of course, you should always consult with your doctor before getting any prenatal massage.

You’ll want to make sure your therapist uses only very light pressure on your abdomen, if it is massaged at all. Often, doctors and massage therapists do not recommend having massage in the first trimester, or if you’re experiencing morning sickness. Some therapists will require you to clear the therapy with your doctor first.

Types of Massage

Lymphatic Massage

Clean out that plumbing. Lymphatic massage stimulate the body's lymphatic system, aka the body's plumbing system. Read More >

Medical Massage

Doctor's orders. A medical massage is used for chronic pain relief or injury recovery, and is often prescribed by a physician. Read More >

Myofascial Release Massage

Relax your fascia. This massage stretches and elongates deep muscle tissue, increasing range of motion and circulation. Read More >

Motion

Reflexology is an ancient Chinese healing technique, using foot massage to relieve a variety of ailments. Read More >

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a whole-body massage where pressure is placed along your meridians to release tension. Read More >

Sports Massage

Whether you're training for your first 5K or 3rd Ironman, a sports massage can increase flexibility & help you avoid injury. Read More >

Swedish Massage

Looking for the massage with the music in the background and the nice-smelling oils? This ultra-relaxing massage is for you. Read More >

Thai Massage

Described as a mix between yoga and massage, therapists use many parts of their body to stretch and relax the body. Read More >

Therapeutic Massage

Borrowing from many other massage types, a therapeutic massage is good for reducing minor discomfort and pain. Read More >

Trigger Point Massage

A more targeted approach of massage, focusing directly on releasing tight knots and alleviating pain caused by them. Read More >

Acupressure Massage

Sometimes referred to as acupuncture without needles, acupressure is an ancient remedy of Chinese traditional medicine. Read More >

Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic massage is an ancient Indian remedy used to break down and remove toxins from the body. Read More >

Chair Massage

Ever see someone getting a massage in the middle of the mall, airport, or even at work? You're likely seeing a chair massage. Read More >

Combination Massage

A Combination Massage uses various techniques across acupressure, reflexology, Swedish, etc to relieve tension and stress. Read More >

Couples Massage

Two people + Two massage therapists = A perfect way to relax with a friend or partner. Read More >

Deep Tissue Massage

Painful knots in your back? A deep tissue massage will break them down, give you relief. Read More >

Foot Massage

Been on your feet all week? A foot massage helps alleviate sore soles and arches. Read More >

Hot Stone Massage

Some like it hot. Hot stones, that is. This massages uses heated stones to warm up your muscles and relax you. Read More >


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