Frequently asked questions
How does massage help me when I'm pregnant?
While having a massage will definitely help relax you, it can also help increase your blood flow and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency. It will also give you relief from swelling, joint & back pain, and leg cramping.
How does floating help me when I'm pregnant?
There are many benefits to floating, but perhaps no one finds more immediate relief than pregnant women! With its sense of weightless, you'll find immediate relief from sore back muscles, aching joints, and swelling. Many women also enjoy being able to rest in positions like being belly-down that aren't possible at home.
Not only will you feel better physically from floating, you will also find yourself very relaxed. Studies show that the relaxation from a single float session lasts for up to 24 hours. Plus
the float environment is so serene and quiet that it can be possible to hear your baby's heartbeat!
How does a yoga private lesson help me when I'm pregnant?
There is literally no other time in your life when your body will go through more changes than it is now. Your ligaments are relaxing, your joints are loosening, some parts of your body are stretching while others are being compacted, and your center of balance is shifting.
A yoga private lesson will give you the foundation for a short, daily routine that you'll be able to practice at home. Your instructor will work with you to identify the poses that will help you most throughout your pregnancy, how to safely do them, and you'll leave with a short video on your phone that you'll be able to do on your own at home.
Is this safe? (especially in light of COVID-19)
1) We work with a few clients at a time and everything is cleaned completely in between each service.
2) With regard to floating, coronaviruses are inactivated by contact with water. In addition, floating is a naturally isolated & clean experience. Floating is what we like to call "maximum social distancing" as it's one person at a time, inside a pod, inside of a room, inside of a very low traffic center. Additionally, each person must shower completely both before and after floating. Unlike public pools, the float solution is cleaned completely at least 3x over between each client using a combination of hydrogen peroxide, UV light, and 10 micron filters. Our water is tested and treated twice each day, and again overnight.
3) With regard to personal services like massage or yoga personal training, the service is provided one on one in either the massage therapy room or yoga studio, again in our low-traffic space. The service provider wears a mask and washes their hands thoroughly prior to each session. We invite clients to wear a mask for their session.
How is prenatal massage different from a regular massage?
Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is uncomfortable with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).
So as your shape and posture changes for pregnancy, the massage therapist will make accommodations with special cushioning systems and positions that will allow you to rest comfortably.
A prenatal massage will also avoid deep tissue work on your legs. While gentle pressure is safe on legs (and can feel heavenly!), pregnant women are particularly susceptible to blood clots, which deep massage work can dislodge. That, in turn, can be risky. On other body parts, the pressure can be firm and as deep or as gentle as you’d like. Always communicate with your therapist about what feels good — and if something starts to hurt.
Is floating safe while pregnant?
Floating is like a combination of sleeping and floating in a pool, both of which are completely safe (and wonderful on their own). Unlike a hot tub, which is not safe while pregnant due to its high temperature, the water in a float pod is kept at skin temperature, so while it feels pleasant, it's not hot.
Floating is safe at any point in pregnancy. The only time it would not be recommended is if you're experiencing nausea (generally limited to the first trimester),
Can I use my package in less than (or more than) 6 weeks?
While the package is designed to give you one hour of self care a week, it's up to you how you use it. Maybe you choose to do 2 services at a time over three weeks, or one service every other week. It's yours, and it's your to decide how to use it.
Can I swap out the yoga private for another massage?
Sure, no problem!
While we include a yoga private lesson because it we know from experience how helpful it can be, and it gives you something that you can do for yourself at home, sometimes you just want pure rest and relaxation, and that's ok.