Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Recently I took a field trip to a place I wish I'd known about when I was pregnant! Do you ever have moments like that when you say, "I wish I'd known about this when ________"?  It can be frustrating to find something later than you wish, but in this case, it's better late than never!

Where is this wonderous place, you ask? My visit was to Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, where I had a great conversation with the owner, Rebecca de Azevedo Overson, LMT.

My conclusion? If you are pregnant and in Utah, you should know about this place. Let me tell you why:

-First of all, their slogan is "pregnancy made comfortable." Umm....yes, please. You mean that's possible?? :-)

-While other providers may offer prenatal massage, Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is the only massage therapy clinic in Utah that focuses solely on childbearing women. Rebecca has received extra training and has tons of experience to know exactly how to help women in every stage-- those trying to conceive, those currently expecting, those recovering from birth, and those who are new(er) moms.

-According to Rebecca, women can receive massages in all stages of pregnancy. I was impressed how conscientious they are in this clinic--they will even work with your doctor to get the "okay" if there are concerns.

-There are NINE massage therapists who work at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, and Rebecca has worked with each of them individually to make sure they know the best techniques and can provide you with an amazing experience.

-Since the focus is on pregnant women, the massage tables are well-equipped with cushions and pillows to accommodate blossoming bellies. That means you can safely lay on your belly to get a massage--that alone feels incredible for your body that is used to carrying the extra weight (see a pic of the table below).

-This clinic is gorgeous, from its home-like waiting area to the relaxing massage rooms, adorned with incredible artwork geared towards childbearing women (keep reading for the pictures...).

-When you come to Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, you are getting so much more than a massage--Rebecca and her other therapists can help you to understand the changes that are taking place in your body and assist you in making those changes as comfortable as possible.

-Not only does this location offer expert massage, but it is also becoming a hub for all things related to pregnancy wellness. There is an in-house chiropractor and a variety of childbirth classes are held in her beautiful location (hopefully Brio Birth classes will be held there soon!).

-Finally, I believe that when you are pregnant it is important to surround yourself with people who are positive and who believe in the power of women's bodies to give birth...and that is what I felt at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage. I was energized by my conversation with Rebecca, and I feel confident that you will feel better after a visit, too.

Good news! You don't have to be pregnant to go there- but childbearing women are their specialty!

So, wondering how to get there? It's just east of I-15 at 2100 S in Salt Lake--you'll see a building on the south side of the road that says "Skin Science" on the side--it is in that building!

The entrance is on the side of the building NOT facing 2100 S--go in the door marked main entrance.
 If you go down the hall, turn to the right, and keep going....you'll find it! Salt Lake Prenatal Massage.
This is the lovely waiting room...and classroom for childbirth education classes.
 This is a massage table that is not covered in sheets yet to demonstrate some of the amazing cushions they have to fit every woman's body comfortably--and check out the incredible artwork on the wall.

So, there you go...better late than never, right? I can't wait to get a massage next time I'm pregnant...or not pregnant. Either way, I'm sure it will be great!

Are you wishing you could visit? Well, definitely visit their website for more information. It has a great directory of providers who offer various services for expecting women--take time to look around this website. You can also read more about Rebecca and her journey to natural birth. If you are really lucky, you may even be able to hire her as your doula...wouldn't that be amazing!

Maybe you could hint to someone that a massage would be a wonderful mother's day present! Also, if you "like" Salt Lake Prenatal Massage on Facebook, you'll receive awesome updates about specials...and informative blogposts.

You can enter to receive a certificate worth $35 towards a 60 minute prenatal or postpartum massage! To enter, write a comment on this post about what you have done (or plan to do) to "make pregnancy comfortable."


  1. I'm not pregnant and never have been....but I want to be! About a year ago, I went for a massage elsewhere, and the therapist was running quite late. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed she kept running back and forth to a closet with cushions in her arms. When it was time for me to lay down on the normally flat, pillow-free table, I didn't know what to do because it looked like the one in the picture! She finally asked, "You're not pregnant, are you?" I'm fairly small, so I think she was embarrassed, poor gal!

  2. I guess I didn't answer the question with my comment above! To make pregnancy comfortable, I would get a prenatal massage (of course!), take long baths, and get a really comfy body pillow!

  3. The best thing I did for myself during my pregnancy was my daily walk. Most days it turned into two or three walks, it kept me limbered up and more importantantly kept my spirits up. Nightly leg and foot rubs from my cute husband helped too! Pre-natal massage sounds even better!

  4. Making pregnancy comfortable... most of the time it's not bad but in those uncomfortable moments I've done warm baths, walks and trips to the chiropractor....

  5. Massage would definitely make pregnancy more comfortable! I am also going to start prenatal yoga and going through the hypnobabies CDs. I love water aerobics during pregnancy, too!

  6. In order to make pregnancy more comfortable a warm bath is the first thing I go to, followed by counter pressure on my tailbone (when it starts to ache) applied by my sweet husband. BUT nothing beats a good massage!

  7. Sleep in late pregnancy is almost something I dread because of how much work it is to find a comfortable position, not to mention the 5 minutes it takes to shift positions. Surrounding myself with pillows has been the best, most comfortable way of sleeping. Hubby is getting used to snuggling with the pillows too. I had a prenatal massage with my first and it is the absolute best thing a pregnant woman could do to pamper herself. I am melting just thinking about it!

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