FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING PREGNANCY AND MASSAGE
Q: I am in my first trimester of pregnancy and another practitioner would not massage me. Why do you offer this service when others do not?
A: I am specifically trained to assist you at all times during your pregnancy and the postpartum period. 85% of miscarriages occur in the first trimester of pregnancy. For liability reasons, many massage practitioners and most spas do not massage women in their first trimester. Unless otherwise advised by a doctor. However massage during the first trimester is completely safe.
Q: I heard you shouldn’t have your feet massaged when you are pregnant. Is that true?
A: Not true. Now more than ever your feet need relief from joint pressure and swelling. But there are acupressure points around the ankles and feet that, when actively and aggressively worked, can bring on contractions. This is handy during labor, but those specific places and techniques are carefully avoided until then. This is one of the many reasons to see a knowledgeable, pregnancy-certified therapist.
Q: Do I have to stop receiving massage close to my due date?
A: You may be relieved to know that in most cases it is safe (and beneficial!) to receive massage up to your due date and beyond. Many women schedule a session on their due date so they have something to look forward to if they have not yet gone into labor. A massage is a great way to prepare your body for the experience of giving birth. Women on bed rest should receive modified massage, (very light pressure on extremities and no abdominal massage) and you should always consult your doctor if you have special circumstances.
Q: Sometimes the skin on my belly feels so tight. Is it safe to have it massaged?
A: With proper technique and pressure levels, absolutely. By policy, abdominal massage must be requested specifically, I rarely offer it straight out. It is completely safe, as your uterus is still the size of a plum and protected by the bony structure of the pelvis. The abdomen however is a very emotional area to work, and I respect the boundaries set by the client in regards to such a sensitive area. It is always your option to request massage on your belly with light, circular strokes which promotes skin elasticity and circulation to the general area. Especially in the third trimester, I like to think of it as baby’s first massage. According to the mothers, they seem to like it very much!
Q: How often should I receive massage when I am pregnant?
A: Each woman and each pregnancy is different, so there is no standard answer for this question. My advice is always to listen to your body. While I suggest that you start with once a month, you may find it beneficial to come in as often as once a week. If you are having a difficult pregnancy with back pain, sharp leg and hip pains or sleeplessnessI recommend increasing your session to 90 minutes or coming once or twice a week in the last trimester.
Q: Do you use a table or cushions that allow me to lay face down during a massage?
A: I do not use “Prego Pillows” or tables with holes for the belly. It is my belief that receiving a massage with such items is counterproductive to why so many of you need a massage – to relieve back pain. I do use pillows and special ergonomic cushions used to place you on your sides or semi-reclined so there is no pressure on the abdomen whatsoever, and the spine and surrounding muscles are able to relax. They are so comfortable many of our clients want to take them home! I am told by my clients that laying on my table is more comfortable than their bed at home. In the final trimester, I often use a massage ball before the time on the table to work the low back.
Q: How soon after delivery can I receive another massage?
A: In most cases, as soon as you like even as soon as an hour after the birth of the baby. However, I am unable to make hospital calls, so you will have to at least be at home or able to come to the office for your first massage. Massage soon after delivery can aid recovery by increasing your circulation relaxing your muscles (after all, you’ve just run the marathon of all marathons!) I like to be able to help as soon as possible, but realistically there are issues surrounding the logistics of childcare and feeding times. Although I do not provide childcare, you are welcome to bring your child with you. Your child can remain in the carrier in the room with us, or we can move to a massage pallet and have your child within arms reach during your massage. If you choose to bring a caregiver to watch your child, you have the option of them staying in the room with us, or them waiting in the waiting room. Then you can receive your massage without worry, and feed your infant before or after your session. Women who have had a Cesarean-section will be given special consideration. Lymphatic Massage can begin immediately to reduce swelling, light scar work can begin within 30 days and heavier scar work can begin within 90 days of the removal of stitches/staples.
OFFICE AND APPOINTMENTS
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: My standard 24 hour cancelation policy applies. 24 hour notice with no penalty. Anything less than 24 hours, a late cancelation charge of $25 applies. You will be charged the full amount for your appointment if you fail to cancel and then do not show. Giving birth is always an exception! I would request at least 24 hours, as that is the most considerate and respectful for us all, but I understand life happens. All cancelations within the 24 hr period must be made by text (preferred), email or phone message. There are always exceptions to this rule and I will deal with them on a case by case basis. I feel this policy allows for most emergencies, illnesses, and sitter issues to be dealt with in a courteous way.
Q: How do I talk to someone at the office (no one answers the phone)?
A: I am a solo practice and do not have a receptionist so I rely on text, voicemail and email. I return texts between sessions, emails between appointments as time allows and phone calls at the end of the day. Please leave a message (text or voicemail) or email as your business is important to me.