Prenatal Massage by Michael Fink
As a massage therapist, I love that I am able to be such a positive part of people’s lives. Pre-natal massage allows me to touch the lives of two people at once. The expecting mother comes to me with aches and pains, the joys of pregnancy, and everything in-between. I’m glad to be able to provide her with a comfy place to lie down, a peaceful atmosphere free of obligations, and quality massage to help her feel better in her body.
I’m fortunate to work at a day-spa that allows me to utilize the facility for my private clients. For expecting mothers who can not use the heat amenities such as hot tub, steam room, and dry-sauna, we’re able to offer a Pregnancy Bath in a private tub before or after her massage. The spa also has fresh fruit, water, tea and a quiet atmosphere perfect for her to unplug and reconnect with her center.
Massage is a fantastic addition to pre-natal care. Research shows that bodywork/massage received throughout pregnancy reduces anxiety, helps to balance brain chemistry which elevates the mood, as well as relieving achey muscles and sore joints.. Regular bodywork can address a variety of issues that expecting mothers deal with, through the use of techniques such as Swedish-massage and breath work.
Swedish technique is the suggested style of bodywork for expecting mothers, because it uses long fluid strokes to improve circulation, flush the muscles with nutrients, and calm the nervous system. The light to medium pressure is gentle enough to soothe and decompress the body and relieve tension, bring much needed TLC to stressed areas such as the low back, calfs and feet, and provide Mom with the pampering she deserves.
Working with ones breath helps oxygenate the blood and soft tissues, calm an overactive mind, ease anxiety, and create an overall feeling of well-being. Incorporating breath work into the bodywork session aides in the release of tension and cultivation of a more calm system. These breathing techniques can be incorporated into ones daily life to create that feeling of relaxation that we get during a massage, even when we’re stuck on the train or in a stuffy business meeting.
To reserve a prenatal massage you may contact Michael at the following:
865 Market Street
If the expecting mother has any of the following conditions, she should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
– High risk pregnancy
– Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
– Pre-term contractions
-Recently experienced bleeding
– Previous pre-term labor
– Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
– Recently gave birth