In the spirit of our international issue, we forced ourselves to think like travelers. And rather than report on the benefits of hiking while on vacation, we decided to give you the hard-hitting stuff: spa services.
We visited Aviary Organic Beauty Collective in Atlanta for a closer look into prenatal pampering. Salons like Aviary offer a bevy of services including prenatal massages, organic facials and pregnancy-safe hair coloring—all built on the importance of beautifying moms-to-be in a safe and natural manner. Founder and mother of two Amy Leavell Bransford is a licensed esthetician whose expertise in natural skincare led her to create a balanced haven of all things beautification.
Aside from the obvious benefit of alleviating pain and stress, massages are helpful in reducing swelling and promoting circulation. Keep in mind that it’s safest for you to receive a prenatal massage while lying on your side, and you may wish to use a body pillow for added stability and comfort.
If you are seeking ultimate relaxation, look no further than an organic facial. Depending upon the type your salon offers, your service could include much more than just a face cleansing. For example, at Aviary, a Dr. Hauschka Skin Care facial includes a sage footbath, light stretching and massage, and some sort of magic stimulation with soft brushes that will lull you into Zen.
Too long has lived the injustice of pregnant women not being able to permanently color their hair—too long! Some salons have taken note and turned to Organic Color Systems. The 100 percent ammonia-free permanent color process is completely safe for pregnant mamas. Plus, the color lasts longer and the lack of chemicals in the dye makes that salon smell actually pleasant!
Whether you’re visiting a friend before the baby is born or just need a little R&R on your own turf, look for a pregnancy-friendly spa in your locale. Pencil in some pampering while you have the chance, and take the time to do for your own body what you’re doing for that sprout inside of you. Happy trails!