What is Prenatal Massage?
Massage therapy for pregnant women.
What's the difference between getting prenatal massage at Restore Massage Therapy vs. any other spa or place in SWFL that offers pregnancy massage?
A LOT. Let’s put it this way: A Dentist is a Doctor too… but not the kind of doctor you should choose to deliver your baby. A few highlights: we will work with as deep pressure as you want (we don’t treat you like you are fragile), we aren’t hesitant/afraid to work on you, we are SPECIALISTS in prenatal massage and have worked on hundreds of pregnant women (most spa therapists have only worked on a handful), we are highly knowledgeable about pregnancy and birth and we don’t perpetuate myths and misconceptions such as “I can induce your labor with foot massage” (which is hopeful… but false.)
Is it ever too early or too late in pregnancy to get a massage?
Nope! The only difference is our cancellation policy for women in labor is a bit more lenient (information below).
Are there certain things you can't do on pregnant women during a massage?
Hardly ever, You may have heard some of these myths: massage will get toxins moving and is dangerous, having a foot massage will put you in labor, you can only use light pressure during a prenatal massage, no deep work on your lower back, no massage in the first trimester, no face-down massage EVER, therapist can naturally induce labor or do things that will put you in labor….. All of these are False. (If you’d like more information feel free to contact us.) The main differences are that we position you differently as your baby and belly grow and we don’t do super deep sports massage techniques on your legs. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the safety of massage.
Is pregnancy massage dangerous?
No. Getting a prenatal massage during a normal pregnancy is not harmful at all. In fact, massage supports a healthy pregnancy. Massage does not cause miscarriage or induce preterm labor.
How often should I get pregnancy massage?
Same as your prenatal care visits! Once every 4 weeks up to week 27; every other week up to week 36; weekly from week 36 on until you give birth. MANY of our clients come every other week or every week for their whole pregnancy, and for four months postpartum.
Postpartum massage - how soon, and how often?
Come back in within the first 10 days of giving birth. Bring baby with you. (Giant maxi pads and leaky boobs welcome.) Then, every other week at least for the first 16 weeks postpartum. (We promise it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Why? Because women rarely prioritize self-care. Schedule motherhood around your massage appointments and you will be a better, happier mother.)
How does prenatal massage help?
It will help you feel good, hurt less, and sleep better. It helps relieve pain in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, arms and hands, legs and feet. Overall, you’ll be a happier… and who doesn’t want THAT?
What length of appointment should I book?
For “full-body massage” (where we say hello to every major muscle group), we need at least 60 minutes. 75 minutes is ideal; 90 minutes is even better, and 120 minutes is freakin’ fantastic (but not recommended for massage first-timers). Shorter sessions of 30- or 45-min in length are great for spot treatments on 1-3 areas.
Do you only work with pregnant women?
No. Although more than half of our clients are pregnant, the rest are men and non-pregnant women.
What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy?
Your appointment time has been reserved for you and nobody else. It is common courtesy, and in your agreement when you sign your intake form, to give no less than 24 hours notice for cancellations or rescheduling. Though we may evaluate and make a one time exception on a case-by-case basis, cancellations/rescheduling for any reason, within 24 hours of your appointment, are subject to 50% of the schedule service fee. If you can send someone in your place or we can re-book your vacancy with another client, you will not be charged. Cancellations/rescheduling with less than 12 hours notice are treated the same as no-shows (missed appointments with no notice), and are charged at the full scheduled session fee, unless by some miracle we can fill your vacancy last-minute with another client. If you cancel because you are in labor, we ask for a minimum of 4 hours notice. Less than 4 hours notice will be charged 50% of the scheduled appointment service fee.
We know we are dealing with pregnancy- and mommy-brain; therefore we give you a bunch of reminders and confirmation requests to support you in honoring this window of time. Please double check your calendar and set adequate reminders!
What if I'm running late for my appointment?
We ask all clients to ALWAYS plan on arriving 5-10 mins early for any massage session. Unlike the average doctor’s office, we actually run on time! If you are late, we will get you on the massage table quickly, and you will get whatever time remains of the session you scheduled. Just communicate with us if you are going to be late, and we’ll see what we can do, but please understand that we don’t usually have wiggle room in our schedule. If you are so late that you have to cancel, see policy above for no-shows. (If you are early, and your therapist ends up taking you back a few minutes late, you’ll still get the full time you booked and it’s up to the therapist to make up time in her schedule.)
What if I go into labor and have to cancel my appointment?
We are much more lenient in our cancellation policies for women who go into labor; just ask us when booking your appointment late in pregnancy!
What is required in order to reserve my appointment?
Your full name, email address, mobile number, a credit or debit card on file to guarantee your appointment, as well has how many weeks pregnant or postpartum you are, and whether your pregnancy is low- or high-risk (and if high risk, for what reason).
Do you take walk-ins?
No. But we sometimes have same-day/last-minute appointments. Please call/text first, or book online. Appointment is required.
Can I get a massage if I’m sick?
Please contact us as soon as you feel you may be getting sick so that we can assess or reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours.
Do I need a note from my doctor or midwife?
Not unless you have certain high-risk conditions that could be complicated by promotion of blood flow throughout your body via massage. If you have any concerns in general about pregnancy massage, feel free to ask your prenatal provider. We are totally confident working with you and will let you know after we receive your intake form if there are any further concerns.
Do you accept insurance?
No we do not.