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
So you have never had a massage before, and you are wondering “what should I wear to my massage appointment?” or ” do I take off my underwear?” You may not know what the procedure is for a massage session, what to ask, or if you should be clothed. Massage therapist answers these questions all the time. At Trinity Massage Haven LLC in Blue Bell PA, Licensed Massage Therapist Eleanor Dukes (that is me) recommends undressing to your comfort level. Frankly, every professional massage therapist should be telling you this.
What does that mean? It means you can remove your underwear if you are comfortable doing so. Alternatively, you can keep them on if you prefer too also. It is entirely your choice. I do recommend if you are experiencing glutes and lower back pain, wearing a thong can be very helpful for accessing those areas problem free. If you are absolutely 100% uncomfortable removing your underwear or thongs are not your style, don’t worry! I have many techniques I use that will not compromise your comfort level. We will discuss those options before I leave you to undress privately. However, ditching your bra is highly recommended. Getting a massage to help back pain relief may require removing your bra entirely or unclasping it until massage in that area is complete. Again if this is also a no-go for you, I can alter my techniques to get the best possible results for you. If you are self-conscious about a part of your body that may require massage (i.e., glutes), you can ask me your massage therapist to avoid that area altogether. It is your massage you are in control, communicate your likes, dislikes and what you are not sure of before or during the session. Don’t be afraid to speak up. It helps us both to have a smooth session.
Try to wear as little to no jewelry or makeup on the day of your massage. Necklaces, bracelets, watches, and rings can be a bit obstructive with the flow of massage. Your eyeliner will get smudge when laying face down.
Please bring a hair tie or a hair clamp/claw thingy if you have long hair. Keeping your off the back of your neck is helpful when working those occipital muscles. It also helps to minimize getting oil in your hair if you just had it done.
If you are self-conscious, about your body and shy away from massage because of this, please know I am here to provide a service, to help you be your best self, feel whole and complete and to have the best massage experience.
Yours in Health,
If you are looking for someone with massage therapy expertise, who will not compromise your modesty, look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or click here to book.