First let me just begin by saying I am 8 months pregnant. It also behooves me to tell you I work here at Club Fit- just wanted to provide full disclosure so you don’t think we are being sneaky. I don’t work in Fitness, I am not an instructor and I don’t chase around kids all day at Summer Camp! I’m more of a behind the scenes kind of gal. I’ve been fairly lucky throughout my pregnancy to not have suffered with too many ailments. I’ve stayed fairly active (nothing compared to my usual workouts), but active none-the-less . . . Well, until I hit the 3rd trimester!
I feel like someone turned on a switch at 28 weeks PG and said “go go gadget pregnancy body”. My feet have been swollen for a few weeks- they look like giant potatoes, my back has felt like a bent piece of steel, my hips are achy all the time and my fingers resemble hotdogs. I guess this is the not so fun part of pregnancy. Especially a pregnancy in the Summer!
I’ve done my exercises, gone to prenatal yoga (which also was fantastic), taken my walks, spent time in aquatics and I generally eat a very well balanced diet. Basically, I’ve tried to do everything right for me and the baby on board. Yet, I still ended up feeling sore and sluggish. I finally decided to get a Prenatal Massage due to all the discomfort I have been experiencing. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!
I booked my appointment with Mary Frances Lyons, a long time Staff Member of the Massage department at Club Fit and a very experienced massage therapist. Generally, I am not a “touchy feely” type of person and I am not one to get comfortable very easily in a massage. My experience with Mary was simply fantastic. She put me at ease right away by telling me what to was going to happen. She provided me with options to make me as comfortable as possible. Do I want to lay on my back propped up, would I be more comfortable on my side? Do I want to start with my tummy down? In case you’re wondering about the tummy-down thing: there is a circular part of the massage table that is removed when you have this big belly! So I told her what I wanted to do, she left the room so I could change and get on the table and get situated and when I was ready, she came in and the massage began. She used just the right amount of pressure to relieve tension, and was gentle enough that it didn’t cause any discomfort. She was sure to ask me how I was feeling which was also comforting because I felt that she cared about my experience and comfort. We chatted for a while about pregnancy and what happens to your body, why certain areas might hurt more than others, the unreal amount of swelling that seems to have taken over and so on. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep for a little while too!
Basically, I left the massage feeling like I had a new back. I also felt like I could probably go jogging (not that I would right now mind you) even though I was very relaxed. What was also fun was that I could even feel the baby start to relax during the massage. He usually jams himself into my rib cage, but he loosened up big time which was a really nice break from the constant tightness I feel in my ribs. I guess he took a nap because he was mellow for the rest of the day!
In short, I wanted all you expecting moms to know that Prenatal Massage can really be a nice treat! I felt a sense of relief and relaxation afterward that is worth every penny! So if you are like me and you get to a point where you are having all these unpleasant symptoms, maybe you should give it a try. I will be booking another appointment in a few weeks and I will be looking forward to it until then!
We have great Prenatal Massage therapists available at Club Fit Briarcliff and Club Fit Jefferson Valley. If you have questions or would like to book a massage, email the Massage Director Denise at email@example.com!