Prenatal massage is my specialty. As a prenatal massage therapist, I have taken extra training to provide the safest and most comfortable massage available during your pregnancy. I’ve also been practicing prenatal massage for ten years and counting. Here is a snapshot of what to expect in one of my prenatal massage treatments.
What to expect:
When you call to schedule your appointment, I may not answer right away; I apologize in advance. 95% of the times I am in a massage session and cannot answer my phone. However, my lovely voice mail will direct you to my website to schedule the next available appointment. Yes, you can schedule your massage appointment online. It’s quick, easy, secure and user-friendly. This option is perfect when you are considering a massage late at night and don’t want to wait to call in the morning.
If and when you schedule your appointment online, I will call to touch base, give directions if needed, ask a few questions to prepare for your prenatal massage and to help you prepare for your massage session. You can also read my FAQs page for more info.
On the day of your appointment give yourself some time if you do not know the area. Walk down the short pathway thru the garden. My office is private, away from traffic and noise, very comfortable and clean.
What I use in the treatment:
You do have to complete a health assessment form (arrive ten mins before) and chat a little about your needs and how I can help facilitate your healing. I offer the choice of several different positioning options for your massage. These are either side-lying, semi-reclined or I use the bodyCushion™. I use the bodyCushion™ so you can lay face down with ease and comfort and it is very safe for you and your baby. Warm towels are applied to the treatment on the back and feet. Here is a short video demonstrating how it works.
Source: Youtube ~ bodyCushion Positioning For Pregnancy Part 3 of 3
I know how it feels to be pregnant; I know the aches and pains, the good days and the not so good days. I also know and have personally experienced the nurturing, therapeutic benefits of prenatal massage can have on an expecting mom. So come on in, leave your aches and pains on my pregnancy cushions.
5 Star Review
” Eleanor gave me two prenatal massages, one at 33 weeks and one at 38 weeks ( 2 days before I was induced). She checked in with me a few times during the massage to check for pressure and concentrated on my lower back and once I flipped over. which was my sorest area. The cushions that cradle your belly and allow you to lay on your front are comfy- I never felt any pressure on my stomach or ribcage. I plan on returning for regular massages in the future. Highly recommend!!!” ~ Karen S
Oh yes, the pregnancy aches and pains are a part of the process. Just because they are common doesn’t mean that you have to suffer through them. Though you may be apt to take some medication or feel destined to live the next nine months with pain and discomfort, know that there is some excellent help to be had!
STOP! Before you reach for the Tylenol or Aspirin for your pregnancy aches and pains consider Complementary Alternative Medicine or C.A.M. You can find relief through natural methods and enjoy your journey through pregnancy knowing that you are doing something good for you AND for your baby!
What you may not realize is that something as simple as pregnancy massage can offer rewarding benefits. What you may not know is that the aches and pains don’t have to be so common. Sure your body is going through a lot but you don’t have to put up with it. Turning to complementary alternative medicine and other natural remedies can help you to feel normal again!
So What Exactly Is C.A.M?
Recognizing the need for alternative medicine, particularly during pregnancy, is the first and most important step in the process. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines C.A.M as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. This doesn’t mean that modern medicine is wrong. It also doesn’t warrant you turning your back on modern medicine forever.
There are some wonderful applications for modern medicine, many of which may come in handy during labor and delivery. What this does mean however is that sometimes a more natural method may help—particularly with something as common as aches and pains!
If you could get relief from something as common as back pain during pregnancy through pregnancy massage then wouldn’t that be worth trying? If you could ease the discomfort that you feel through common aches and pains through natural methods, isn’t that worth the investigation? Complementary alternative medicine works off of that method and mindset—and it really does work!
Natural Applications with Helpful Effects
So you recognize that complementary alternative medicine has its place. You also know that you want to utilize as little medication as possible for the sake of the baby. What now? How can you embrace this type of treatment in your pregnancy? You will find that some simple changes and natural methods can give big time relief and make aches and pains a thing of the past. Try a few of the following methods that are beloved by pregnant women everywhere.
- Use Heat: Use an electric heating pad, heated water bottle, microwavable heated pillow or a sock filled with uncooked rice and heat in the microwave for about three minutes. Place on the areas of tension and hold there for a few moments. This will help to relax your aching muscles while you rest a bit and actually put your feet up.
- Get some exercise: Sure it may not sound like something that you are so interested in during pregnancy, but it really can help! The truth is that if you sit too long, you will get stiff. Get up and take a walk, do some mild stretches. Keeping active will help to fight off a lot of types of pain, like low-back pain or leg pain. It keeps fluids flowing in and out of your tissues, too. Aches and pains be gone and you will actually enjoy a healthier and happier pregnancy—and a faster recovery after baby is born too!
- Use extra pillows: Pillows are your best friend when you’re pregnant. Around four months pregnant, I got my first body pillow. It helps to know that sleeping with a pillow between your knees helps keep your body aligned better, putting less strain on your back. Later, a second body pillow behind your back or one of those giant, wrap-around pillows may be a good idea. You need support from all angles. When you’re sitting, put a pillow behind your back if you need it. Do whatever you need to do to support your body properly; it will cause you less pain! For starters, check out my favorite pregnancy body pillow.
- Take a bath: One of my favorite stress relievers when I was pregnant, and now all three of my kids love the water and love to take their baths. Warm water in the bath, massaging water jets, or even a hot tub (in not so hot temperatures) also provides relaxation and stress relief. They help tops to increase circulation while helping muscles relax and reducing pain. If you suffer from cankles, the temporary feeling of weightlessness will be one of the greatest feelings in your pregnancy! The aches and pains will be gone, you will feel relaxed, and this creates long term happiness for all!
- See a Prenatal Massage Therapist: It’s worth it to go as often as you go to your prenatal visits — monthly in the first trimester, then bi weekly in the second trimester weekly as you get close to your due date and more uncomfortable. The investment offers some far-reaching benefits for you throughout your pregnancy! Pregnancy massage also helps to loosen the hip flexor muscles to prepare for pushing baby out. It aids in decreasing anxiety, as well as creating far less physical discomfort and helps you to focus on your growing baby. Pregnancy has many twists and turns throughout what will inevitably be a wonderful journey. If you want to enjoy your pregnancy for all that it is then turn to pregnancy massage to ease the aches and pains, reduce the discomfort, and allow you to have a more enjoyable and wonderful pregnancy overall!
Call 267-584-3015 today or click here to schedule your C.A.M massage treatment with Pregnancy Massage specialist Eleanor Dukes.
Are you Pregnant and Hurting?
Wondering what do pregnant moms do to relieve their Lower Back Pains, Stiff Neck & Swollen Feet?
Eleanor Dukes, Solo-preneur of Trinity Massage Haven is a licensed Massage Therapist, providing relief to your pregnant belly, lower back pains and tired feet. Most Pregnant women use Massage as a natural pain reliever to ease aching backs, sore, swollen ankles, and annoying hip pains. Modern research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.
Pregnancy involves more preparation than one might initially imagine, my goal is to reduce the stress that accompanies 40 weeks of scheduled doctor visits, birth plan composition, nursery building and design, and even the picking of the baby’s name. The journey to the motherhood can be a difficult one, even for the best-prepared mother.
80% of pregnant women suffer from body aches and pains – a staggering figure. But, while 80% seems high, not all is lost; thanks to proven clinical research that shows how pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.
Pregnancy causes a woman to change dramatically – physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. Some of these changes are flat out uncomfortable. Prenatal Massage uses techniques designed specifically to address pregnancy’s challenges. Prenatal Massage can:
- Relieve nausea
- Increase circulation and flow of nutrients to the placenta
- Relax the baby-to-be-born with gentle massage
- Improve health of baby and mother by reducing negative impacts of stress on both
- Alleviate muscle pain and joint pain
- Enhance sleep quality and relaxation
- Reduce swelling in the feet and around the ankles
- Hormone Regulation
The bottom line is that expecting a baby is an exciting time, but it can be very stressful as well. Incorporating Pregnancy Massage as part of your Complementary Alternative Medical Care and your Traditional Prenatal Care you will be giving yourself and your baby the absolute best care possible.
5 Star Review
‘I’m 4 months pregnant and feeling all sorts of aches. Eleanor gave an excellent full body massage which relaxed and rejuvenated me! She made sure I was comfortable even when laying on my tummy. I recommend her services to anyone looking for a massage, pregnant or not!” ~ Veronica B
Call Ellie 267-584-3015 to schedule your massage today. Or use the online scheduling option.