From The Spa at Ravella, Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 50–80 minutes Cost: $130–190
Supplies and equipment needed: Massage table with pregnancy cushion or pregnancy massage table
Extra pillows and bolsters for added comfort
Hot towel cabbie
Tangerine and rosehip massage oil
Organic essential oils
Place pregnancy cushion on top of massage table, adjust to proper size and shape for client and cover with sheets. Warm tangerine and rosehip prenatal massage oil in hot cabbie, and lower table for mom to easily get on it.
Step 1: Escort client to treatment room and describe service.
Step 2: Ask the client to lie face down. Use a pregnancy cushion make her comfortable.
Step 3: Begin the massage with downward compression on the sacrum, as well as a compression on the glutes and hips.
Step 4: Perform a scalp massage before undraping the back.
Step 5: When massaging the back, be careful to not use too deep of pressure on the lower back, and then move to the legs to perform massage.
Step 6: Undrape the legs one at a time. Give extra attention to help reduce swelling and increase circulation using very light, upward effleurage strokes. Avoid any large veins; start at the upper thigh, then move to the lower leg and finish with the foot. Repeat this sequence on the other leg. If performing the 80-minute massage, focus on any problem areas defined by the client such as the feet, lower back, hips or any others that may be bothering the expectant mother.
Step 7: When finished with the back side of the body, ask the client to get on her hands and knees; adjust the pregnancy cushion. Fold the cushion under so that it creates a large wedge. Assist the client in turning over safely, and allow her to rest in a reclined position. Makes sure to check for comfort before beginning the second half of the service. At this time, also ask the client for permission to rub her belly.
Step 8: Starting at the feet, use the same fluid-reducing strokes on each leg, then move to the belly, making sure that she has a breast drape and her belly is uncovered.
Step 9: Perform light strokes in the direction of digestion, paying extra attention to the obliques, or lower sides of the belly, where there may be strain from the weight of the baby.
Step 10: Next, massage the upper body, including arms, décolleté, neck and shoulders.
Step 11: Finish the massage where it started—with the scalp. Then use warm, moist towels with compression on the client’s aching feet.
Step 12: Place one arm behind the client’s shoulders/upper back to help her to a seated position. Ask the client to put her robe on when she’s ready, then step out of the room for privacy and to get the client a refreshing beverage.