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Spas Get Creative with Top Massages

Posted: April 1, 2013
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Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy and is offered at 89% of all spas in the U.S.

"Our prenatal treatment utilizes a synergy of essential oils that actually assist the body during the vast amount of changes happening during pregnancy. Our goal is to make the mom-to-be as comfortable and relaxed as possible and listen to her needs, whether it be her feet, lower back or any area that is strained or compromised to allow the body some time to repair and regenerate,” said Ann Brown, spa director at Spa Shiki in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Hot stone massage is when the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. Stone massages are offered at 87% of spas in the U.S.

Bailey Polifka, spa manager at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev. said, “We recommend to our guests that after a hot stone massage they should relax in the brine inhalation-light therapy lounge. It is the perfect complement for the body to cool down and receive the added respiratory benefits from the salt aerosols and chromatherapy via the optic nerve.”

Eighty-four percent of spas in the U.S. are offering aromatherapy massages. Aromatherapy massage includes the application of essential oils from plants, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, resins and flowers during the massage.