RUB IT THE RIGHT WAY
Pamper yourself with a prenatal massage
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it comes with a plethora of challenges. Back pain, swollen ankles, and a host of hormonal changes. We don’t always feel or look our best when we are expecting, so a little pregnancy pampering is needed to keep spirits high. In recent times, there have been studies to support various relaxation techniques that would raise dopamine and serotonin levels, and make you feel good. And one such popular technique is the massage therapy. The benefits of the luxurious treatment come at a price, but expectant mums agree that the trained human touch works wonders. A skilled therapist will work on any ailments you have such as swelling, back pain, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, fatigue, stress and general discomfort. Prenatal massage also helps keep your circulation flowing and allows to keep your body relaxed and supple for delivery. This treatment is provided using very
soft palm strokes on the forehead, neck, shoulder, hands, and feet, that help relax tensed muscles and ease soreness.
BUT BEFORE YOU ENJOY A RUB DOWN DURING PREGNANCY, KEEP A FEW THINGS IN MIND.
First trimester woes: To get a prenatal massage, you have to wait until you have completed the first trimester. This is a sensitive time, with the chances of complications being high in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. So, schedule the massage sessions between your second and third trimesters, ideally between the fourth and seventh months of pregnancy. Scented products: Expectant mums have a heightened sense of smell, and the burning candles may not be as pleasant to you as compared to a regular client. So, speak up if the scent in the room is bothering you. Talk to your therapist, and request for an unscented oil. Massage robes: When it comes to clothing, do what feels comfortable. Even if you completely undress for a massage, there is nothing wrong with keeping some undergarments on, if that is what makes you feel more comfortable. Most spas will offer you disposable undergarments, so you do not have to worry about soiling your garments. Body position: A trained massage therapist would make sure that you are comfortable as they massage you. It is important for you to find the position that is most comfortable for you. Since lying on the stomach is a no-no during pregnancy, make sure to find a therapist who offers side massages or owns a pregnant belly
table. If something doesn’t feel right during the massage, let your therapist know immediately. Drinking up: Make sure to drink up after the massage session. Massages release toxins from muscles, so it is important to drink plenty of water to rehydrate the muscles. The real challenge, however, is to find a spa that offers a massage therapy for expectant mums. It is best to check that the spa you choose offers specific therapies for expectant mums with trained therapists. Anna Fernandes, Director of Quan Spa, JW Marriott Pune says “Women tend to experience a lot of discomfort during pregnancy. The prenatal treatment here helps soothe and relax these areas of uneasiness. The 45-minute treatment is provided by using very soft palm strokes on the forehead, neck, shoulder, hands, and feet. This helps relax the tensed muscle and ease soreness. We recommend this treatment for all pregnant mums between four to seven months, and so far, we have received a tremendously positive response.” This is one of the few spas that cater exclusively to mums. We bet you will not settle for just one session here. Like most treatments, an initial consultation is required and this would take around five minutes. You just need to tick the boxes in the form, just so the therapist is aware of your pain areas. You are then greeted with a refreshing grapefruit drink and a cold towel, that sets just the right mood for the pamper session. The room is perfectly lit up to help you immerse yourself in the experience completely. It is so bespoke, you will emerge from 45-minutes of relaxation, feeling like a completely new and re-energised person. The foot pampering session before the massage just takes things to the next level. Soaking the foot in the Egyptian rose foot soak is all the TLC that you need. It’s a multi-sensory 45-minutes treatment that comes with a soundtrack that helps you really drift off. The therapist uses essential oils tailored to you to complete the treatment. You get to choose between almond oil, lavender oil, citrus oil and more. The safe bet would be to just go for almond oil as it is absolutely nourishing for the skin. Just lay faceup and relax as the therapist massages your body with gentle strokes. The feeling will be as satisfying as soaking into a tub after a cold day and seduce you into a sleepy state. The highlight of the prenatal massage is the recliner bed that is set in a position to allow circulation and utmost comfort. A pillow is placed beneath the knees for support, so you can rest well. The session ends with rubbing some olive oil on the belly. Did you know olive oil can help prevent stretch marks? A little cosset can go a long way in making you look and feel good during pregnancy. So just look for that spa in your area and book the prenatal massage therapy. You will thank us for this!