Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spa Review: Prenatal Massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa

A couple of weeks ago I gave in and scheduled a prenatal massage at one of my local favorites, The Woodhouse.  The Woodhouse is technically a "chain" but each is franchised so the spas will vary depending on the owner.

The local Denver spa is housed in a gorgeous Victorian home in the Uptown area of town.  I've been going there for years and even have a favorite therapist named Cynthia.  This is a truly luxurious Day Spa with lovely changing and relaxation rooms as well as a full wine menu and a fantastic boutique.  I purchase all of my Arcona products here as well as Skinceuticals.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a prenatal massage.  I had assumed that I'd be on my back the whole time since my bump is too large to lay on my stomach so I was ecstatic when I learned that the special "pillows" used were not for my back but so that I can lay face down.

Cynthia just used the two body pillows in the middle.

It was AHHHHHMMMAAAZZZIIINGGG to lay on my stomach and get my back massaged.  I can tell you that I'm going to be a regular at the spa for the next five months.  With my usual favorites of wine and hot baths unavailable while I'm pregnant it's nice to know I don't have to give up my other favorite guilty pleasure.

Along with the mental benefits of a prenatal massage there are a lot of physical benefits as well.  Feeling bloated?  A massage can help your body releases some of the excess water weight you may be carrying around.  Sore back or hips?  What better way to work out the kinks and knots than a massage.

I've been having awful hip pains (thanks Relaxin... that's the hormone that makes your ligaments relax so that your hips can expand) that not only keep me awake for most of the night but linger all day long. The only thing that really helps is massage and since Hubby can't spend 24-7 massaging my hips and back I can't tell you how amazing this massage was.

I think that most spas should have similar pillows so if you're expecting don't be afraid to treat yourself to a nice afternoon of relaxation.  If massages aren't in your budget then try to shop around for a great deal.  I'm a fan of The Woodhouse on Facebook and the reason I gave in and booked my treatment was because I saw a post saying that if I booked something for the next day I would get 15% off.

My tips are to fan or follow a few of your favorite local spas to get last minute notifications of specials or discounts.  Some places also offer discounts for same day bookings or even walk-ins.  Sign up for a less expensive treatments like a mani or pedi and then ask about massage availability when you get there.  My gym has an amazing spa and they offer 20% off for same day walk ins.  I've gone prepared to work out and ended up getting a massage after my gym time when there were spots open.

Also, sign up for the same spas' e-newsletters since that's also a great source of information about specials and holiday discounts.  You can also look for a nice Groupon or Living Social Deal but if it's not a spa you frequent regularly you never know what you'll get when you show up.

Happy Spaaaaahing!


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