pregnancy massage FAQs

Is it a good idea to get a massage when I'm pregnant?

The article “Massage: It Does a Mama Good”, posted on the site Mamas on Bed Rest & Beyond, is a wonderful read for any expectant mom wondering whether pregnancy massage is right. Take specific note of the following quote:

For women on bed rest, Massage is even more important. Because many women are instructed to lay on their left sides, imagine the stress place on that one side? A good massage therapist who is trained in prenatal massage can skillfully position a woman so that she can not only comply with her physicians instructions but also receive relief from developing aches and soreness.

We emphasize the “trained in prenatal massage” here. If you are on bed rest, with your doctor’s permission, massage can help. Just be sure your therapist has advanced training and is able to work with someone on bed rest. If you aren’t sure, ask.

Can I get a massage in my first trimester?

We get many calls at the center from women wondering if it’s safe to get a pregnancy massage during the first trimester. The answer is yes, it is safe if the massage therapist has advanced training in pregnancy massage (that goes for massage at any stage of your pregnancy).

We have searched high and low, and have never found any research indicating that it is not safe, and all of the leading experts in pregnancy massage teach that it is not only safe, but beneficial to the mom to be. So go ahead, get a massage today!

I have a high-risk pregnancy. Can I get a massage?

Having a high-risk pregnancy does not mean you can’t get a massage. What is does mean is we need to know about it AND you need a note from your doctor saying it is okay. We can not give you a massage if you don’t have permission from your doctor, so please do that before you come in. We’ve had to send many pregnant women home because they didn’t inform us of their condition when they made the appointment and didn’t have a doctor’s note. The frustrating thing for them and us is that in most cases it would have been okay. But it is a rule we follow without exception.

What are your hours?

We’re open 7 days a week. Our hours are:
> Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
> Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
> Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s the best way to schedule my appointment?

We offer easy-to-use on-line scheduling, which makes it easy for you to book. Click here to make your appointment. You may also call to set up an appointment: 703-437-9059.

What payment options do you accept?

We accept cash, personal checks, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

How much should I tip the therapist?

A 15% to 20% tip is standard in the industry—if you are pleased with the services. However, there is no requirement to tip your therapist, and if you choose to tip, the amount is completely up to you.

Can I put my tip on my credit card?

Please plan to bring cash or a personal check if you wish to tip: We can not put tips on your credit card payment.

Do I need to arrive early for my appointment?

If this is your first visit, please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to allow enough time to fill out the new client forms.

What if I’m running late?

If you’re running late, please call ahead to let us know (703-437-9059). You will be given as much of your scheduled time as the therapist’s schedule can permit, though treatment times may be shortened as needed.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you can not make your appointment, please cancel as soon as possible so that we have the opportunity to fill that time slot. Our policy is to charge the full session rate if we receive less than 24 hours notice of a cancellation. One caveat for pregnancy massage is that we understand if you go into labor, you aren’t going to make your massage! In fact, we joke that the best way to induce labor is to schedule a massage… it’s better than cod liver oil, and if it doesn’t work, you get a great massage!

What happens in case of bad weather?

In case inclement weather, please call to determine whether the office is open. School cancellations do not necessarily coincide with the closing of the office. If we must cancel your appointment due to inclement weather, we will reschedule your session, and the normal cancellation policy will not apply.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Absolutely. What better way to show your friends and family that you care than with the gift of wellness. Gift certificates are available for all occasions. You may drop into the office to pick one up, or click here to order it on-line.

Do you offer any discount packages?

Yes. Our Rewards Program is a pre-paid package offering a 10% discount on services. Pre-pay $525, and we’ll take 10% off your services. You can replenish your rewards card as often as you like. You may use the card for yourself, family, friends, and colleagues.

If I can’t use up my package or my gift certificate, can I get a refund?

No. All prepaid packages and gift certificates are non-refundable. However, you may transfer your package balance or gift certificate to a family member or friend.

Do you have a minimum age requirement?

Yes. Because of the deep tissue, therapeutic techniques we use, 12 is the minimum age for a massage. For children 18 years and younger, a parent must be present during the massage.

Should I refer my friends and family?

Yes, referrals are an important part of our business. We appreciate the trust you put in us, and promise to take care of your friends and family as well as we take care of you.

Can I let my child hang out in the massage room while I get a massage

It is our policy not to allow children to be in the massage room with you while you get a massage. There are a few reasons for this. First, we provide a quiet and serene atmosphere that allows our clients to get the most benefit from their massage. If children are running up and down the halls, it is very disruptive. Second, we know that most children can not sit quietly in a dark room for an hour or more—anyone who has a child knows this. Even if the child has something to entertain them, they will get restless and want their parent’s attention. This disrupts the massage. And because the parent is getting a therapeutic treatment, they can not focus on the child. That essentially means that the massage therapist also becomes a babysitter for that time, which can diminish the quality of the massage. For those reasons, we ask that you please leave your children at home.