Massage Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a registered massage therapist (RMT) and can I claim these massage treatments with my insurance provider?
Yes, I am a RMT. Together my initial training and ongoing continuing education is recognised by all insurance companies in Alberta, including Blue Cross, Manulife and Sun Life as of January 2014. Learn more about my massage therapy training and expertise that has provided care for women in Calgary since 2002.
Do you do regular massage therapy?
Yes, I provide therapeutic, relaxation and hot stone massages. My area of interest is women’s health. I have been practicing massage therapy since 2002 and regularly attend continuing education workshops to refine my skills.
Can a massage be harmful in pregnancy?
Prenatal massage provides relief from muscle strains and is an excellent means for relaxation. If you have a history of miscarriage, you may feel more comfortable starting massage in your second trimester. Prior to receiving massage, I will ask you to provide some background health information (Prenatal Yoga Intake Form). I will always respect your concerns and the treatment will be what you want. If there are any medical concerns in your pregnancy (i.e., high blood pressure), you should speak with your physician or midwife before seeking massage therapy.
Can I receive a hot stone massage in pregnancy?
Any significant change to a pregnant woman’s body temperature is not recommended in conventional medicine. It is better to wait until your postpartum period or later where you can truly relax and absorb the healing benefits of the hot stones.
When can I get a postpartum massage?
Ask your healthcare provider. Typically, you are given the go ahead 6 weeks postpartum. If you are recovering from a C-Section, then side-lying is an option to receive massage. Also, the massage table has breast recesses so that lying on your abdomen is comfortable.
Yoga Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need yoga experience to join a prenatal yoga class?
No yoga experience is necessary for prenatal yoga. The postures and movements we practice are easy to learn and chosen because they help with the many physical changes in pregnancy. The only prerequisite you need for these classes is pregnancy.
Are you a certified yoga teacher and how long was your teacher training?
I was initially certified with the Yoga Centre of Calgary, a two year training program, in 2001. Most of my training and continuing education has been in the Iyengar method. My current certification is held with the Yoga Association of Alberta an organisation that requires ongoing education and training from its teachers. Find out more about certified Calgary yoga teacher, Sappho Balfour.
When can I join a prenatal yoga class?
If a woman feels unwell in her first trimester and if she’s experienced a previous miscarriage(s), then she should wait until her second trimester to begin. It is not too late to join prenatal yoga in the third trimester. This gentle practice is designed for pregnant women at any time during their pregnancy. And because class size is small, I can provide alternative postures or movements if needed.
Can I bring my partner to prenatal yoga classes?
These prenatal classes are small and limited to 6 students. If your partner is interested in what you are learning, then the two of you may want to book a private labour coaching session where s(he) will learn how to support you in your pregnancy and labour.
How long can I practice prenatal yoga?
As long as you’re comfortable and there are no health concerns expressed by either your physician or midwife, you can practice yoga right up until the end of your pregnancy. Even if you’re feeling sore and tired I can suggest gentle and restorative postures and movements.
Please feel free to contact Now & Zen with any other questions.