Getting a massage is a fun, relaxing, and easy way to have something in common with history's most despotically lavish kings. Get the royal treatment with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $50 for a one-hour prenatal massage (a $65 value) and a private infant-massage class (a $35 value; a $100 total value)
- $79 for two one-hour prenatal massages and a private infant-massage class (a $165 total value)
When moms in their second or third trimesters arrive for prenatal massages, they can lie face-down for part or all of their massage, relaxing atop a table specially designed to support stomachs without putting too much pressure on them. Relaxing music or a CD brought by the customer plays throughout each session, held in a room with a light peppermint aroma that helps open up nasal passages without offending the often sensitive senses associated with pregnancy—but the therapists can clear the scent from the room upon request. Each custom massage helps alleviate certain effects of pregnancy, such as swollen feet, and the therapist also describes how clients can do the same at home.
For the infant-massage lesson, which the staff recommends completing before of after the baby is born, moms can bring their significant other, the baby's nanny, grandparents, or any other caretakers. An instructor with years of massage-teaching experience reviews the importance of touch to infants, as well as the medical facts that support it. "They're going to learn how to massage the baby, and why you massage in certain directions," says co-owner Elizabeth Rackley. "Dads are, many times, afraid they're going to break the child … they're not. Babies are very resilient." She says babies who are massaged develop strong bonds with their parents, tend to be calmer, and experience less separation anxiety—and the techniques are ideal for teaching colicky babies to soothe themselves. During both the massages and classes, the staff focuses on the safety and happiness of mother and child. "This is about the mother," says Elizabeth. "This is about the baby and the bonds of a family, whatever that may entail."
A Breath of Serenity
A Breath of Serenity co-owners Elizabeth Rackley and Marie Brown decided to open their own massage business after feeling constrained while working for others. "We both wanted more say in how customer service was carried out," Elizabeth says. "We wanted customer service to be top priority and profits to be second."
That customer-focused mindset permeates all they do. When guests arrive for therapeutic massages, the healing gurus have them fill out a questionnaire to get to the bottom of aches and pains. "We go over it with you and we discuss, what's bothering you? What's going on? What kind of work do you do?" Elizabeth says. "And then we combine multiple modalities … into what that client needs." If something hurts, is too soft, or clients ever feel uncomfortable, she says the therapists want their clients to speak up so they can adjust their techniques accordingly.
During deep-tissue massages, the muscle menders take their time and use gentle pressure to bypass the pain sometimes associated with that modality. They can also customize couples massages with gourmet chocolates, rose petals, candlelight, and violas charmed to play themselves on request. Soft, relaxing music saturates the air during each session, but Elizabeth says that—like everything else—this can be personalized to what the customer wants. "If they have a special CD and they want to bring it, bring it," she says.