Meet our Prenatal Therapists
Mia Hansford, LMT
Germaine Ehlinger, LMT
Services: Deep Tissue, NMT, Swedish, Prenatal, Energy Kinesiology
Hometown: State College, PA
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts Emphasis Dance, Ohio University, Atlanta School of Massage
Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, foodie, traveling, historic architecture lover
Favorite Quote: "I cannot make you happy. But I can commit to support you in the creation of your own happiness." - Yung Pueblo
Services: Prenatal, Restorative, Deep Tissue & Chikly LMD (lymphatic)
Hometown: Somerset, Kentucky & Chattanooga
Education: Parsons School of Design, CMI (Chattanooga Massage Institute)
Hobbies: visual art, writing poetry & non-fiction
Here are some ways in which prenatal massage can be effective:
Reducing Muscle Tension and Pain: Pregnancy can cause various physical discomforts such as back pain, sciatica, and muscle tension. Prenatal massage can help alleviate these discomforts by targeting specific muscle groups and using techniques to release tension.
Improved Circulation: Massage can promote better blood circulation, which can be particularly helpful during pregnancy when the body's blood volume increases. Improved circulation can reduce swelling and edema in the extremities.
Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Pregnancy can be a time of heightened stress and anxiety. Prenatal massage can have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Better Sleep: Many pregnant women experience difficulty sleeping due to discomfort and hormonal changes. Prenatal massage can help improve sleep quality by relaxing the body and mind.
Hormone Regulation: Massage therapy may help regulate hormones associated with pregnancy, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, leading to a better overall sense of well-being.
Preparation for Labor: Some prenatal massage techniques can focus on the muscles used during labor, potentially helping to prepare the body for childbirth.
Bonding and Emotional Support: Prenatal massage provides an opportunity for expectant mothers to connect with their changing bodies and their developing baby. The emotional support from a skilled therapist can be valuable during this time.