Our holistic approach to massage, here at Zen Mama, incorporates a variety of modalities that are used during each session, depending on mom's
(dads are also welcome) specific needs.
Below you will find a brief overview of some of our techniques.
Prenatal Massage is a form of therapeutic bodywork that is designed to meet the unique needs of the ever changing pregnant woman. It is performed by comfortably positioning her on her side with the support of pregnancy pillows and draping. Regular massage during pregnancy can help to relieve sciatic pain, reduce stress of weight-bearing joints, ease constipation, gas and heartburn, reduce swelling, aid in longer and deeper sleep and even improve the outcome of labor and reduce labor pains!
Postnatal massage is often underestimated. After giving birth there are many changes and adjustments that a new mother's body and mind are navigating. Neck and shoulder pain can be intense from holding a new baby and breastfeeding. Also, a new mother's emotions can be quite tumultuous. Postnatal massage is an excellent way of bringing everything back into equilibrium.
Infertility massage is specifically designed to relax the body and mind, while also bringing circulation and blood flow to the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Swedish massage involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased circulation, mental and physical relaxation, decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion.
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is similar to Swedish massage, but the strokes are slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness and sore shoulders.
Sports massage is designed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. But you don't have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. The main purpose of sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively.