Spa performs its pregnancy massage
treatments in the safest position
possible: the side-lying and/or semireclining posture.
“Such positions should be offered
regardless of the guests’ perception or
preferences in this regard. Providing safe
and effective pregnancy massage should
be and will be the standard in the future
for everyone,” she says. “Since many
pregnancy problems go undiagnosed, or
even if the mother is diagnosed with
some type of condition, the mom may
be uninformed on the impact such
prone-facing pressure could cause her. It
is up to those of us who are experts at
pregnancy massage to dictate the safest
and most effective positioning.” n
ABOUT THE SPA
Spa open date: November 11, 2000
Square footage: 2,000 square feet
Number of treatment rooms: 5
Number of full-time staff: 2
Number of part-time staff: 9
Guest ratio percentage: 75
percent female, 25 percent male
Method of staff payment: Hourly
StressBusters Signature Massage
and StressBusters Prenatal Massage
Product lines used: Epicuren
Discovery, Osmosis Pur Medical
StressBusters Wellness Day Spa
26548 Moulton Pkwy Ste D
Laguna Hills, CA 92653-6200
Anderson, who is adamant about safety first when providing pregnancy massage treatments, offer
the following advice:
l Have all pregnant clients fill out a “Confidential Health Intake Form for Pregnancy” that notes
any current or former high-risk pregnancy problems, current pregnancy discomforts, weeks or
pregnancy term, as well as her date and physician or midwife information.
Ensure that all therapists providing prenatal massage are certified in pregnancy massage.
Therapists should know what a pregnant body is going through during each trimester and the
bodywork precautions for certain medical conditions.
Utilize prone positioning for the pregnant client on a body cushion or pregnancy table only for
the first 14 weeks of gestation. For the remainder of the pregnancy, to eliminate risks, use side
lying or semi-reclining positions only.
Use unscented or very lightly scented lotion/oil for the prenatal massage. Aromatherapy should
only be used sparingly for pregnancy and only if approved by a clinical aromatherapist.
Provide prenatal bundles (e.g., massage, facial, etc.) to ensure repeat visits throughout clients’
pregnancy and post-birth.