What should I expect?
60 minutes is 60 minutes! You will be supported with pillows and bolsters while you are positioned comfortably on your side. Our massage room is both relaxing and soothing with soft music playing.
You should avoid eating a large meal before your massage, and, do not drink a lot of liquids. After your massage, you will be able to relax in our “nursery” as you eat a healthy snack and drink water or juice.
What is Pregnancy massage?
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful and complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and to promote overall wellness. Massages relieve many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, and, edema (or swelling).
At each massage session, your body relaxes for both you and your baby or babies. There is a cumulative effect as each session builds on the last one. Massage therapy often includes using essential oils as a form of aromatherapy. Pregnancy massage can help with your having a happier and more comfortable pregnancy, can provide shorter and less-painful labor and healthier babies. Call today to schedule your appointment at 908-705-0946.
When should you avoid pregnancy massage?
There are no scientifically agreed upon guidelines; however, you should get a prescription from your doctor before trying a massage, especially if:
When is the best time I should consider a pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is beneficial throughout the entire nine months of your pregnancy. We suggest you receive a massage in your third month (12 to 16 weeks), one session in your fourth month (16 to 20 weeks), another session during your fifth month (20 to 24 weeks), two sessions in your sixth month (24 to 28 weeks), two sessions in your seventh month (28 to 32 weeks), three sessions in your eighth month (32 to 36 weeks), and, four sessions in your ninth month (36 to 40 weeks). If you are having a high-risk pregnancy, it is best to talk to your health-care provider about your having a massage before scheduling one. Please obtain a prescription from your health-care provider prior to coming in.
Who will be performing my massage?
Loving My Pregnancy only employs massage therapists who have received certification in pregnancy massage and who have also have had additional training in this field. You can research our therapists by contacting the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification_4_6/ for qualified therapists. It makes a difference when your therapist understands pregnancy and has a passion for helping women during this exciting time in life.
Barbara MacNair, LMT, RMT, came to the healing arts after a 30-year career in Information Technology on Wall St. Her journey has always been helping people. Barbara studied aromatherapy and reflexology as a way to help herself during her high stress career. Her internship was working with a holistic wellness center helping people living with HIV/AIDS by using massage, reflexology, and, aromatherapy. Barbara then decided to use both (BOTH WHAT?) to help others as well. Barbara decided to become a massage therapist and bodyworker in 2006. She opened her own practice in 2008 and has been helping people help themselves using massage, bodywork, aromatherapy, reflexology, and, Reiki.
In 2010, Barbara was asked to be a massage instructor at the school she had attended. It was then she found another calling – teaching people her passion. Today, Barbara has taken her teaching experience and used it to teach people outside the massage profession how to do reflexology, Reiki, and, aromatherapy. She is a passionate teacher and enjoys watching people learn and grow. Her goal is to spread as much knowledge as possible to empower people to learn different ways to help themselves and those around them.
Is pregnancy massage safe?
There has been no research indicating there is a link between a massage and a miscarriage in the first trimester. A miscarriage usually occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy and is not associated with having a massage. It’s fair to say massage therapy has few risks when performed under the skilled hands of a certified prenatal practitioner. Massages during the first trimester are not only safe, but, can be especially supportive during the transitional first months. Properly trained prenatal massage practitioners can safely and effectively address first-trimester concerns. Please feel free to address your concerns with your health care provider as well. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine advises all pregnant women to consult with their doctors prior to having a massage. Base your decisions on science and appropriate training, not fear or misconceptions.
Those states, which regulate massage therapists, require the therapists to have a minimum of 500 hours of training from an accredited training program. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork certifies practitioners who pass a national examination and fulfill other requirements.
Will I be charged for cancelling my appointment?
Clients must call Loving My Pregnancy 24 hours in advance to cancel their appointments or will be charged 100% of the original session price. This charge applies to cancellations as well as re-scheduling. Failure to call or arrive for your appointment will result in a charge for the full amount of the massage.
Are you interested in becoming part of our team at Loving My Pregnancy?
If you have a passion for caring for pregnant women and would like to work for a Christian-based company, please contact us at 908-705-0946, or, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.