Below are some commonly asked questions
Question 1. Can I get a massage in the first trimester?
Question 2. Is massage safe during pregnancy?
Question 3. Is the prenatal massage table safe?
Question 4. Is deep tissue okay during prenatal massage?
Question 5. How can massage help?
Question 6. Do you have a location?
Question 7. Do you care about my messy house? How much room do you need? Are you okay with pets?
Question 8. What forms of payment do you accept?
Question 9. How can I make an appointment?
There is no convincing evidence to suggest that massage can cause a miscarriage in the first trimester. However, as you may already know the first trimester is where many miscarriages do happen (fetus is not growing correctly, etc). This is why many spas in the past have disallowed massage in the first trimester, they do not want to become liable in the event that something does happen. But that is out dated advice, and many practitioners today do perform massage in the first trimester.
Massage is safe all the way up to and during labor WITH the right amount of precautions. There are points that can be stimulated to induce labor that should be avoided. There are other precautions also with pressure, positioning and contraindications. In many cases prenatal massage can still be performed when contraindicated, as long as there express permission from the caregiver. All of these your certified prenatal massage therapist will know and adhere to.
I’m going to say yes and no. There are certainly situations were I will not and have not recommended a client go face down on the table, but the majority of the time I perform many of my massage with the client face down. My typical session includes a max amount of 20 minutes laying face down on prenatal massage table. I include some basic checks every time a client goes down (positioning, lumbar spine curvature, and estimate of the width of belly.) I feel that these checks, along with the time limit ensure a safe way for a woman to enjoy the prenatal massage table. I’ve written a few detail blogs on this topic, so please feel free to read them if you have more questions. I personally have used to the table in the past with my own pregnancy, and love love loved it (Hence, my use of it). There are some who love it and some who can do with out it. In the end, it’s your decision and I can perform a massage any which way.
Is deep tissue okay during prenatal massage?
It is not okay to perform deep tissue massage during prenatal massage. Relaxin is a catch-all hormone and can “relax” any ligament in the body therefore, it is not recommended. It is especially not recommended for legs, as in pregnancy women are prone to blood clots. Deep tissue has the ability to dislodge a blood clot, so it is extremely important your practitioner take care to avoid deep pressure on the legs since blood clots are more likely to form there. I will not perform a deep tissue massage anywhere on the client, but do give my massages with a firm steady pressure.
Massage is the most excellent way to destress. It’s non-invasive and requires no medication. The massage strokes help to mechanically rid the body of stress hormones, help stagnant fluid flow thereby releasing edema and relax tense muscles. It is helpful for pseudo-sciatic pain experience by many prenatal women. It is excellent for new moms with neck and shoulder pain. It is also helpful for moms with small children to take a moment of for themselves. Massage in and of itself, facilitates a “return to balance” (insert Mommyssage tagline 😛 ).
At this time, I do not have a location. I primarily offer in-home services.
I could care less about anyone’s messy house. As long as I have the room to perform the massage without breaking a leg, it’s no big deal. I’m a mom, I get it. The massage table is 30″ wide and 73″ long, throw in 10 more for me to move around and bam, we got us a massage space. I’ve massaged in living rooms, bedrooms, baby rooms, big houses and tiny apartments, You name it I’ve been there. I’m totes cool with pets as long as they don’t bite me (obviously). I’m cool with kids hanging around or babies feeding too. Sometimes it’s just too darn hard to separate.
Cash is king my friends. But of course I accept checks and credit cards.
You can make your appointment via the online booking system. You can also text or email!