Pregnancy takes a toll on the entire body. It does a number on your posture, compresses your lower back, weakens your core and places a lot of additional pressure on your legs and feet. So doctors often recommend massage as a common therapy to help relieve an expectant mom’s aches and pains.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, an Irving-based nonprofit that promotes reproductive and pregnancy wellness, studies have shown that prenatal massage can alleviate muscle tension and joint swelling (called edema), as well as reduce Mom’s stress, depression and anxiety levels.
Other benefits include curtailing headaches and sciatic nerve pain, improving blood circulation and relieving sleep issues.
Of course, special precautions must be taken during prenatal massage sessions to protect both mom and baby.
It’s recommended that expectant moms whose pregnancies are considered high-risk or who have conditions like preeclampsia or high blood pressure discuss with their doctor any potential health risks prior to scheduling a prenatal massage.
A prenatal massage differs from a traditional one: For starters, you’ll likely be lying on your side. You may have the option to lie face-down on a massage table that has a hole for your belly.
Regardless of you positioning preference, a prenatal massage feels amazing. Schedule a session at one of these eight specialists in Dallas-Fort Worth ASAP. You can thank us later.
@ Peace Floatation Spas
Float safely in a 95-degree tub loaded with 800 pounds of Epsom salt during a Self Care I Package ($165). As you float, magnesium sulfate leaches toxins from the body and relieves inflammation and stretched-out muscles. In fact, the float is so relaxing that one hour in the tub feels like four hours of restorative sleep. Following the float, massage therapists rub lemongrass, lavender or peppermint essential oils into your skin to knead out any remaining lower back pressure during an hour-long face-down massage.
1304 Glade Road, Colleyville, 817/485-3223
Begin with the 25-minute Hot Oil Scalp Massage ($50). Exotic nut oils are drizzled from a Tahitian coconut bowl and gently rubbed into the scalp and neck (leaving tresses shiny and smooth and you wanting more). Next, let soothing hands give you a customized Prenatal Massage (from $125), concentrating on the areas that ache the most — such as your lower back and legs — by rubbing them with sweet almond and coconut oils.
5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 620, Dallas, 972/392-9393
The 60- or 90-minute side-lying or face-down Momma-To-Be massage ($120, $165) begins with a cleansing foot soak and a five-minute aroma journey: Choose from a collection of essential oils, including stress-relieving lavender and rosemary mint, then close your eyes and inhale. Make a day of it, and indulge in a Tailor-Made facial (from $110), which features steam and acupressure techniques to restore and balance hormone-affected skin (thanks, pregnancy-induced acne) and includes a complimentary hand and foot massage. Then let the pampering continue with a One & Only mani-pedi ($100) while sitting in a zero-gravity chair.
5560 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 250, Dallas, 214/352-4111
6101 Chapel Hill Blvd., Suite 102, Plano, 972/836-0500
La Bella Belly Prenatal Wellness Center
Try the Naturally Nurturing Stone Facial ($85) that relieves sinus pressure and puffy eyes. Facial enhancers including the pumpkin treatment leave your skin glowing with a healthy dose of restorative beta carotenes. The 80-minute Ultimate Revive Me Massage ($150) combines the stress-reducing Ultimate Pregnancy Massage ($125) with the Reviving Leg & Foot Treatment ($45) featuring a sugar scrub followed by homeopathic arnica gel applied in gentle, upward motions. 10050 Legacy Drive, Frisco, 972/772-7212
2109 Summer Lee, Suite 103, Rockwall, 972/772-7212
Massage By Lacy
Licensed in massage therapy, trigger point work, reflexology, aromatherapy and more, business owner Lacy Harmon works with Mom to give her exactly what she needs. Harmon customizes a 60-, 90-, or 120-minute side-lying session ($60, $90, $120, respectively) to alleviate aches and pains. In addition, Harmon can use hot towel compresses on the feet and lower back and perform bodywork that relieves pressure on the ligaments.
Integrative Medical of Coppell, 670 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Coppell, 214/694-8894
Choose a relaxing, anti-viral, energizing or balancing herbal blend oil for the massage therapist to work into your trouble spots during a 60- or 90-minute side-lying prenatal massage ($49.99, $74.99). After, ask for Revitalizing Face Massage Elevation ($24), where therapists massage the scalp and place cold stones underneath the eyes to relieve puffiness and pressure. Or opt for the Clear Skin Facial ($59.99) that helps prevent further hormone-induced blemishes (McKinney and Allen locations only).
Mokara Spa and Salon
Expectant moms rave about the 50-minute Mother-To-Be Massage ($110 in Fort Worth, $135 in Dallas and Irving) at Mokara Spa located inside the Omni Mandalay Hotels. Using chemical-free whipped shea butter, therapists work out the knots in a side-lying or face-down session. Make it a full day of pampering with a 30- or 50-minute exfoliating Intuitive Facial ($85 or $135; available at the Irving location only) that includes a complimentary hand or scalp massage or Fort Worth’s Texas Pecan Manicure ($50).
Arrive at this ecofriendly oasis early to enjoy a cup of hot organic tea or a glass of lemon-and-cucumber-infused water and a warm, herb-scented neck pillow in the relaxation area before getting the Swedish-style 50-minute Earth Mama Massage ($115). Pillows offer additional support as organic oils get worked into your skin rubbing away pregnancy-related aches. Continue the pampering with a Flower Power Facial ($115), which exfoliates and hydrates with herbal antioxidants.