Carrying a kid around for nine months or so is no joke. Now, if you’re a mom-to-be in New York City….fuggedaboutit. (Subway stairs, anyone?) Luckily, there are tons of great prenatal massage places where an expectant mom can find stress relief and help for those gestational aches and pains. Take the chance to indulge yourself now, before things get, you know, a bit more hectic. Below, our picks for the city’s best places to get a prenatal massage.
photo: Red Moon Wellness via Yelp
The Park Slope full service spot. The popular Sage Spa once occupied this Park Slope storefront. Now it’s occupied by Red Moon Wellness, a center for massage, childbirth education and assistance, and herbal medicine. Massage services include both prenatal and postpartum work. Run by certified massage therapist, birth doula, lactation consultant and clinical herbalist Lena DeGloma, this is also a good resource for expecting and new parents looking for education and support.
405 5th Ave.
The ‘in-the-know’ massage therapist. For over 16 years Anne Heckheimer has been offering support in the form of massage to NYC’s pregnant women. She incorporates unique add-ons such as gua-sha relaxation (repeated strokes using a smooth stone) and facial rejuvenation into prenatal massages upon request. Heckheimer is also a certified personal trainer and offers training packages in conjunction with massage to help women maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their pregnancies.
231 West 96th St. Suite 2B, Office 7
Upper West Side
photo: Motherly Love
Makes housecalls. Leigh Withers founded Motherly Love as way to relax and renew NYC’s thriving parental community. No need to face the outside world to enjoy a relaxing massage. Technicians will travel to locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Hamptons (summer only).
119 West 23rd St., Suite 802
photo: Yinova Center via Yelp
To focus on fertility. Fertility is a major focus at the YinOva Center, which has locations in the Flatiron District and Brooklyn Heights. In addition to herbal work, acupuncture, and bodywork to promote fertility, you can get pre-and post-natal massages here.
37 W. 17th St., Suite 300
147 Remsen St.
Where communication is key. The therapists at Melt will spend a good amount of time getting to you and your pregnancy before the massage begins. You can expect this level of communication at each appointment. After your massage, therapists provide follow-up advice (stretches, self-care techniques, etc), and may even check in with the next day to see how you’re feeling. There are also prenatal classes such as breastfeeding basics and newborn care at the studio.
84 Lafayette Ave.
For spa lovers. In addition to pre and postnatal massage, Soho Sanctuary offers a full range of spa services for moms to be. Manicures, pedicures, scrubs, and facials are all geared toward expectant women, which means no harsh chemicals or acetone. Think essential oils and rich moisturizers.
119 Mercer St., 3rd fl.
photo: Earth & Sky Healing Arts via Yelp
The Holistic haven. Earth & Sky Healing Arts offers prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as Mayan massage which helps to keep baby in an ideal position for giving birth. It also offers a number of different acupuncture services for pregnancy and fertility. It offers services to help you feel supported throughout your entire pregnancy.
5-31 50th Ave.
Long Island City
For moms of multiples. Liza Adara’s bodywork and massage utilizes Craniosacral Biodynamics and restorative acupressure to assist the body in finding optimum wellness. She supports many twin pregnancies – she’s even a twin herself – and advocates that regular massages for moms carrying twins makes a tremendous difference in the pregnancy and birth.
Manhattan home visits and various studio locations in Manhattan and East Hampton
917-346-1120, email Lizaadarahealing@gmail.com
photo: Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage Facebook page
For the Mama on the Go. If you are an athlete or an active mama, you might need to step up your game when it comes to prenatal massage. Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage specializes in pain management and stress reduction. The therapists also help to treat ailments due to changing hormones and aim to help their clients feel “normal” again.
315 Madison Ave.
photo: Remedy Massage via Yelp
Most Accomodating. Remedy Massage is great for making you feel comfortable at any stage in your pregnancy. It has a number of different pillows meant to support your body and belly in any position. It also lets you schedule online and often has last minute appointments available.
107 West 82nd St., Suite 103
Upper West Side
photo: via Massage Williamsburg Facebook page
Best for Pain Relief. The practitioners at Massage Williamsburg, a woman-owned business, are experts in pain relief, which is great for women who may be experiencing lower-back pain or swelling during their pregnancy. Owner, Rachel Beider, is the prenatal massage expert so you know you are in good hands. You can choose to lie face down on the Preggo Pillow, or lie on your side if you are a little farther along.
169 Wythe Ave., Suite 202
Indulge Yourself. Pure Spa in LIC is a little slice of heaven, where according to its website, “self-indulgence is the only rule.” You can choose from a 60 or 90 minute “New Beginnings” massage where a licensed masseuse will help to alleviate any tension in your back, neck, or shoulders. It also offers a great post natal massage to help any distended muscles return to their normal state.
43-34 42nd Place, Penthouse
Long Island City
feature photo: Massage Williamsburg via Yelp
— Bethany Quinn & Rachel Sokol