5.04.2008

Pampering Oneself: Prenatal Massage


I'm an absolute believer in pampering oneself.

Benefits of Prenatal massage: improves circulation, muscle relaxation, reduces fatigue, and helps reduce swelling.

I had my first massage at 3 1/2 months at the Hyatt Spa in Santa Rosa. I didn't know what to expect. For an hour, I lay on my side hugging a body pillow while the therapist conducted Swedish massage. For the price and on a scale of 1-10, the massage merited a 7.

My second experience by far was the best, and I plan to go back to the Body, Mind, and Spirit Massage Therapy Center in Oakland. For $92, Danielle worked on sore muscles and did some belly work for one hour and fifteen minutes. I was actually able to lay on my belly with the help of a contoured body pillow that allowed my belly to fall into a nice groove. Danielle is one of those therapists who is very talented and has the ability to heal.

If you look on yelp, this spot is rated 5 stars.

Even though I made a commitment to return to Danielle within a month’s time, I ended up having a third massage. On a lovely Saturday afternoon, I was killing time at the Alameda Shoreline Shopping Center. A sidewalk sign revealed that a first time 60 minute massage would cost $39 at Massage Envy.

The place is super clean, modern, and sophisticated but it had a very different vibe from the body, mind, and spirit center. Though it was relaxing, and well worth $39, I wouldn’t return. But for those who want the bargain intro price, you may want to check it out.

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