E’ssential Health and Wellness believes in a whole-body approach to health and happy living. In this spirit, we are pleased to offer the following massage services.

Therapeutic In-Home Massage for Women

Our highly trained Massage Therapists specialize in Woman’s Health. We will perform a full body evaluation and set goals with you in the comfort of your own home. Your massage will be personalized to meet your needs. We use an array of techniques combining Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Craniosacral therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Nerve Mobilization, Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue.

Why should you get regular body (massage)?

Research has shown over and over the benefits of regular massage. Because we breathe, move, experience an array of different bodily and emotional experiences our body is constantly trying to maintain a harmonious balance. Body work will help release those daily stresses that your body accumulates. It will assist in restoring range of motion, improving flexibility and of course help with pain control. Never underestimate the benefit of relaxation on your nervous system, organ functions and well-being.

The sections below describe our Specialty Therapeutic Massage services:

Prenatal Massage

This is for you pregnant mommies that are undergoing tremendous physical and hormonal changes throughout all stages of your pregnancy. The loosening of the ligaments creates loosening of the joints which in turn may elicit aches and pains throughout the body, especially the low back and pelvic area. Did you know that 45% of woman will experience pelvic girdle pain during their pregnancy! Prenatal massage requires specialize training. Our massage therapist are trained to provide safe and effective massage for the mother to be. We also accommodate you if you are on bed rest with specific complications. Please if you are on bed rest always consult with your physicians before scheduling your massage. A note from your physician is recommended.

Benefits of pregnancy massage

  • Helps prepare for easier delivery
  • Assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mother and shorten maternity hospital stay.
  • Helps stabilize hormonal level.
  • Minimizes varicose vein.
  • Helps lymphatic flow, decreases swelling in your legs and arms and increases general circulation.
  • Enhances immune system.
  • Increases energy.
  • Helps control aches and pains.
  • Promotes relaxation for the mother and the baby.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Improves posture.
  • Physical nurturing promoting emotional support.
  • Studies shows that babies have fewer postnatal complications and lower rate of prematurity.

Contraindications and precautions of pregnancy massage:

  • Vaginal bleeding or abnormal discharge.
  • Fever. No massage should be performed if fever is present.
  • Decrease fetal movement over a 24 hour period.
  • Unexplained abdominal and body aches.
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea are increased.
  • Excessive swelling in arms or legs.
  • Avoid massage immediately after eating.
  • Pre-ecclempsia.
  • Toxemia.
  • Infections.
  • Blood clots.

Post-Partum Massage

This is a must for every mom following the delivery. There is a marked 6 weeks recovery phase postpartum in which the body attempts to return to its pre pregnancy state. It is important to support your emotional and physical needs during this period. Massage will help you achieve these goals and assist you during your healing process, so you will get stronger, and better meet the needs of your newborn. You may schedule your massage as soon as 48 hours post delivery, with your physician’s consent, while your infant is sleeping by your side!

Benefits of post-partum massage:

  • Restores woman’s body to pre-pregnancy condition.
  • Helps uterus to return to its normal state.
  • Relieves muscle tensions and stress.
  • Improves energy level to care for baby.
  • Receives nurturing touch to help recharge your battery and provide good emotional support.
  • Promotes structural realignment of the pelvis and spine.
  • Faster recovery after a vaginal or cesarean birth.
  • Promotes breast feeding.
  • Helps prevent scar adhesions from cesarean birth.

Contraindications and precautions of post-partum massage:

  • Fever.
  • Excessive swelling in arms or legs.
  • Unexplained abdominal or other body aches.
  • Avoid massage after eating.
  • Infections.
  • Blood clot.
  • Scar massage over C-section incision once it is healed (usually about 2 weeks post-partum).

Infant massage

Nurturing your child with a gentle massage is a wonderful way to bond, soothe and help your child’s development. We will teach you safe massage techniques and stretches, which you can incorporate in your daily routine. Being an active participant in the emotional and physical well-being and growth of your child is a rewarding experience. We will incorporate tips on how to enhance your massage experience with your child and will provide you with a bottle of oil to perform the massage. You will also receive a guide of massage techniques with pictures and descriptions and a certificate that you will be able to place in your child’s memory box or scrapbook! We recommend taking this class once your child as reach 4 weeks of age or older. Please consult with your baby’s physicians prior to signing up for the massage class.

Group Infant massage: This is a great way to join other moms or dads and have fun learning to massage your baby. We recommend a group of 8 parent-infant or less per class. A spacious and comfortable space is needed for everyone to view and practice the techniques as they are demonstrated.

Infant massage benefits:

  • Eases colic and intestinal gas.
  • Helps soothe teething pain.
  • Helps settle baby to sleep.
  • Bonding experience, stronger love between infant and parent.
  • Improves baby security.
  • Improves communication between parent and baby.
  • Improves body awareness: Increases muscle tone and increases joint flexibility.
  • Reduces baby stress and helps babies coping mechanism from daily stimuli.
  • Strengthens baby’s immune system.
  • Faster weight gain.
  • Study showed that intellectual development is enhanced through early touch, reading scores and IQ’s.
  • Enhances mother’s secretion of prolactin, hormone essential in milk production.

Contraindications and precautions of infant massage:

  • Fever. Do not massage if infant has fever.
  • Do not massage over rash, bruise or open wound.
  • Infections.
  • Be very gentle when massaging baby’s head.