DO YOU HAVE TO BE PREGNANT TO VISIT BELLIES?
No. We specialize in women’s care so all women are welcome.
CAN MASSAGE CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?
Absolutely not. This is a complete myth. There is no medical or scientific research showingprenatal massage to have any negative affect on your pregnancy or your growing baby.
DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MY 2ND TRIMESTER TO START GETTING MASSAGES?No. Since bellies massage therapists are specially trained and certified in prenatal massage we are confident performing first trimester massages unlike most general care massage facilities.
DO THE MASSAGE THERAPISTS USE THOSE MASSAGE TABLES WITH A HOLE CUT OUT FOR MY BELLY?
No. Because we specialize in prenatal massage, we prefer to use the side lying technique. Those specific massage tables are not able to support the lumbar region of your back (even with the additional use of pillows and/or belly bands). Without the proper support, nerves in that region elongate causing permanent lower lumbar nerve damage and life long back pain. For those of us who specialize in prenatal, side lying is the only real way to treat in pregnancy.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Please arrive at least five-ten minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you time to use the restroom and fill out a brief intake form prior to being greeted by your massage therapist. Your therapist will look over the form and invite you back into one of our cozy massage rooms. She will go over any medical history, what kind of pressure you prefer, and what you can expect during the session. You can undress to your comfort level. Our sessions are very modest and you will not be exposed at any time during your session. Your session will be a full 60 minutes. If at any point you want the therapist to change the type of pressure being used, please do not hesitate to let her know. This is YOUR massage after all. After your massage, the therapist will go over any at home maintenance you can do to make sure you stay comfortable in between massages and when you should return to maintain maximum physical comfort.
Please note that our therapists can only accept cash tips, so if you want to show her some extra love after session please bring cash with you!
HOW SOON CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR POSTPARTUM MASSAGE AFTER MY DELIVERY?
As soon as you feel like you are ready for your postpartum massage, we are ready for you. You know your body best! If your breasts or cesarean incision are tender, we can continue to treat you using a side lying technique for maximum comfort.
CAN I BRING MY BABY WITH ME TO THE OFFICE?
We love babies!!! We understand that it may be difficult for women to find care just after delivery so babies are always welcome and can go into your massage session with you. This tends to work best with babes under 6 weeks old.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE?
Since we are not a spa, we work with your muscle tissue to create space in your body for it to do the things it’s supposed to do without you noticing the discomfort that can come along with pregnancy. This is our way of beating the system.
WHAT WOULD I NEED POSTPARTUM MASSAGE FOR?
Motherhood (whether it’s your first or your third!) is both amazing and challenging! Postpartum massage gives you time to be alone and quiet so that you can restore your vital energy and give yourself a mind and body break. This gives you the mental space to better handle the acclimation into motherhood. Postpartum massage also opens up those areas that tend to tense up during postpartum (think neck and shoulders!) Staring at you new gorgeous baby, feedings, lots of sitting, and sleeping in positions you never dreamed possible can all make your muscles tense. This is the best way to stay physically comfortable during postpartum.
DO YOU OFFER BIRTH DOULA OR POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES?
We do not; however, we have a community partners page where we list doulas in and around the Charlotte, Davidson, and Ballantyne areas. The birth doulas and postpartum doulas listed are those we have worked with and trust for our women.
WHAT KINDS OF SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER OUTSIDE OF PRENATAL MASSAGE?
We offer fertility massage, prenatal massage, natural labor induction massage, postpartum massage, and women’s care massage. We also offer various yoga classes, workshops and events that all cater to women. While most are geared towards supporting pregnant and postpartum women, others are just fun, feminine gatherings where you can come make friends and get in touch with who you are outside of the various roles you play.
WHAT DOES NATURAL LABOR INDUCTION MASSAGE ACTUALLY DO?
We mix acupressure into your prenatal session to trigger the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the chemical needed to dilate and efface so that you can roll into the first stages of labor naturally without any medicinal interventions. You can start scheduling this massage session at 37 weeks. For first time moms, we suggest starting right at 37 weeks to ensure you’re stimulated enough to push into that first stage of labor before talks of medicinal inductions.
WHAT MAKES BELLIES AND BABIES DIFFERENT THAN OTHER MASSAGE FACILITIES?
We are a women’s care massage clinic not a spa. This means that we are a clinically based practice that is more focused on creating space in a woman’s body to ensure she lives her best physical life possible. Relaxation is a great side effect and will be had with every session but our main concern is to make sure you walk out of our facilities in a better physical state than when you walked in.
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