Specialized Pregnancy Massage

shutterstock_114618175ZenGate Healing Arts is THE destination and preferred place for massage & bodywork among ZenMommas of all ages.

Annie Van Zeyl, LMT is a 2005″ Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist” by Peg Johnson, RN from the formally known Wellness & Massage Training Institute, Woodridge, IL.  Undergoing an advanced certification level program in massage for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Annie’s advanced prenatal education has helped improve the level of health of the expectant and postpartum woman for over 10 years. Whether it’s an opportunity to simply unplug and relax during this special time, or reduce pain and discomfort related to the changes your body is currently going through, a prenatal massage session with Annie is guaranteed to improve your overall health & wellness.

Have more questions about massage therapy for pregnancy and postpartum? Call Annie @ (630) 935-0171 or send her an email. She is more than happy to answer any questions!

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Traditional Gift Certificates are redeemable  at ZenGate Healing Arts.

Traditional Gift Certificates are redeemable for services and products in-store at ZenGate Healing Arts. Your gift certificate can be available for office pick-up or it can be promptly mailed for your convenience, with the options of gift wrapping and a personal message.

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Four ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, (and they’re not what you think).

Hearts SparkleIt’s February! We made it through the holidays just to overindulge in chocolate, flowers, bling, and extravagant weekends in wine country to ‘reconnect with the one you love’.

But what if we pass on the chocolate and cheesy love cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just your significant other, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention. Or maybe your favorite uncle who was always quick with a lousy joke and equally fast in sneaking you a cookie when your mom wasn’t looking.

Share some time with someone. Make a pedicure date with your best friend. If you can each bring along your favorite mom, aunt, extremely sweet older neighbor who watches out for your kids, even better.

If you can’t set aside that much time with everyone’s busy schedules, drop off a piece of cake from your favorite bakery. Or keep it crazy cost effective and have your kid finger-paint a very special valentine for their teacher.

Appreciate someone. Look your favorite barista/babysitter/ups/fedex/amazon prime deliverer right in the eye and say, “Thank you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life easier.”

Drop an email to your kid’s basketball coach and say, “Thank you. My kid loves playing basketball, and I really appreciate that you give your time to make that possible.”

Massage someone. I know, this sounds weird, huh? I’m a massage therapist and I’m telling you to Do It Yourself. But massage doesn’t have to be an hour long ordeal with fancy oils and a complicated routine.

Watch a video and treat your partner to a hand or foot massage. Grab this amazing book, A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children, and learn how to massage your favorite little buddy.

Give the gift of massage. You can pick up a gift certificate right here.

Bonus: Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that’s okay. But if it’s been awhile, maybe it’s time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage, too. The best gift you can give the people you love is a happy, healthy you.

 

Maternity Leave

*At this time, Annie is no longer accepting new clients while she is on Maternity Leave until June 2015. Feel free to email her via the form on her contact page and she will put you on her contact list to be notified when new openings become available starting June 2015.

Annie is on Maternity Leave until June 2015

Elmhurst’s Massage Therapist, Annie Van Zeyl, LMT, is going on a new journey -into motherhood.  She is currently 9 months pregnant and is finishing up the last sessions on her books to embark a journey that she has helped many women over the last 10 years into a stress-free & healthy pregnancy.

While she is active & having a healthy pregnancy she will  no longer accept new clients until after her Maternity Leave. Feel free to email her via the form on her contact page and she will put you on her contact list to be notified when new openings become available starting June 2015.

Reduce Pregnancy Pain

ZenGatePreggo4 copyPrenatal Massage can help ZenMommas find relief from the pregnancy pains along with many other benefits that help create ease & joy while nurturing a child within.  Pregnancy Pain can be debilitating! From round ligament pain, sciatica, carpel tunnel, itchy skin, leg cramps and hormonal changes, no wonder pregnant women are looking for ways to relieve the aches & pains to fall in love with their pregnancy.  At ZenGate Healing Arts, Annie Van Zeyl, LMT is Elmhurst, IL Pre/Post-Natal & Infant Massage Specialist.  Offering a variety of services catering for all trimesters in pregnancy.

Annie is a 2005″ Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist” by Peg Johnson, RN from the formally known Wellness & Massage Training Institute, Woodridge, IL.  Undergoing an advanced certification level program in massage for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Annie’s advanced prenatal education has helped improve the level of health of the expectant and postpartum woman for over 10 years. Whether it’s an opportunity to simply unplug and relax during this special time, or reduce pain and discomfort related to the changes your body is currently going through, a prenatal massage session with Annie is guaranteed to improve your overall health & wellness.

 Have more questions about massage therapy for pregnancy and postpartum? Call Annie @ (630) 935-0171 or send her an email. She is more than happy to answer any questions!

Post-Pregnancy Massage: Good for Mom and Baby

Post-Pregnancy Massage: Good for Mom and Baby

By Phyllis Hanlon
Once your client has delivered her baby, she has even more reason to continue getting regular massage. The physical and emotional stress of delivery can become exacerbated as she adjusts to her new role as a mother. You helped her weather the discomfort and anxiety of her pregnancy; now it’s time to help restore her prepregnancy health.
Massage might be the last thing on a new mom’s mind, but it could be one of the best things she does for herself. So how long after delivery should your client wait to schedule her massage? The answer is, it depends. Some new mothers have massage within 24 hours after delivery, while others wait a few days or weeks. Your client’s obstetrician may provide guidelines and should always give approval for that first massage after a baby’s arrival.
Once your client does book an appointment, she can expect benefits similar to what she would receive from a massage in other circumstances. However, in this situation, you’ll focus on addressing issues directly related to the birth. In most cases, the process of delivery involves significant physical exertion with particular strain on the abdomen, back and hips. Massaging the abdomen helps to restore tone to muscles that have been stretched for nine months. Additionally, manipulating skin in the abdominal area helps to shrink the uterus and break up subcutaneous scar tissue and may also reduce cramps and muscle spasms.
The physical stress of carrying a growing fetus over the course of nine months can affect a woman’s posture. Working the back muscles with trigger-point therapy or deep massage can alleviate back pain and improve posture.
Nursing mothers may find their breasts are tender or sore and, in some cases, quite painful. If ducts are blocked, breast massage can help to open them up, reducing the risk of developing mastitis. (Note: Check with your state law for any restrictions regarding the use of breast massage in your practice.)
Not only does massage help relieve the physical aftereffects of delivery, but it can also address emotional repercussions. During pregnancy and after delivery, a woman’s hormonal balance shifts dramatically, causing baby blues or, more seriously, postpartum depression. Massage helps to regulate hormones; adding oils, such as bergamot, grapefruit, orange and geranium, to the session can enhance emotional benefits.
While massage offers many benefits for the new mom, there are times when massage after delivery should be avoided. Basically, follow the same guidelines you use when your client is in her third trimester. You should nix deep legwork, since it may induce clots. If your client has a rash, blisters, boils or open wounds, you should advise her to wait until these conditions have healed. Women who have had a cesarean section may want to resume massage only after their incision heals. It’s not advisable to do massage on your client with any medical complication, including high blood pressure. And if during delivery your client developed a hernia, she should put off massage until she gets clearance from her doctor.
Giving massage to a woman who has just delivered a baby can be rewarding, not only for her personally, but also for her ability to care for her newborn.
Found Here: http://www.massagemag.com/post-pregnancy-massage-good-for-mom-and-baby-13502/

Happy ZenMomma Day!

ZenMomma's Day! The BEST Mother’s Day Gift is right here at ZenGate Healing Arts!
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Total Value of $125.00!
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Touch for the Mom-To-Be

Prenatal Massage What to expect.

Prenatal Massage
What to expect.

Pregnancy is nine transformative months full of excitement, planning, and peering at the awesome unfolding of life. But this transformation also brings inevitable side effects. 

But you don’t have to suffer in silence. The gentle, noninvasive approach of pregnancy massage can ease your discomfort, help you prepare for labor, give you the emotional support of a caring practitioner, and bring back a sense of body-mind integration, putting you into a state of relaxation and calm acceptance of your continually evolving physical form.According to Lynne Daize, with the National Association of Pregnancy Massage Therapy, training for this specialty includes learning specific techniques for each trimester, as well as those required for labor and postpartum massage. A certified pregnancy massage therapist is well-acquainted with the physical and hormonal effects of pregnancy and has the skills to counterbalance these changes. You’ll find the therapist uses a lighter touch and concentrates on those areas most vulnerable to changes in your body. She might also give you deep breathing exercises and tips on how to improve your posture to adjust to the added weight and shifting center of gravity.As pregnancy progresses, your body adjusts to a changing postural alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. This puts strain on your back and legs and increases stress on weight-bearing joints. Massage increases flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps, and muscle spasms. The effects of relaxation and tension release add to improvement in the physical state of muscles and joints, and assist in balancing emotions.
Studies from the Touch Research Institute (TRI) in Miami, Florida, indicate that pregnancy massage provides more than just symptom relief for the mother. A group of 26 pregnant women were given either massage or relaxation therapy during a five-week study. In addition to experiencing a reduction in symptoms of anxiety, stress, sleep problems, and back pain, the massage group had fewer complications in their delivery. Their newborns also had fewer postnatal complications. Another TRI study reported massage during labor resulted in shorter labor times for the mothers, shorter hospital stays, and less postpartum depression.
Obstetrician Bonita Kolrud of Westside Women’s Care in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, is an avid proponent of bodywork, although she cautions women to make sure their therapist is experienced with pregnancy massage. Kolrud praises the physical benefits of massage, noting it relieves tension and pain caused by changes in body alignment.
“The biggest thing is so many women still look at massage as a luxury. But it has so many physical health benefits and is more of a necessity for some patients. Emotionally, it’s really beneficial for women to be touched when they’re pregnant. I think a lot of pregnant women don’t necessarily get as much physical touching as they would like. It’s a very nurturing thing having someone taking care of you, and it’s a great bonding experience with the baby when you’re both receiving massage.”
What to Expect When Expecting
During the first trimester of pregnancy, a primary goal of massage is to provide relaxation and increase flow of the circulation systems. Stimulating the blood system pumps more energy-giving oxygen and nutrients into your cells and increases blood flow to the placenta. Muscle tension can slow down lymph flow, leaving you fatigued. By stimulating this system, massage can boost your immunity and energy level.
In the second trimester, increasing weight of the baby can cause muscle soreness. “The mother starts going through more changes,” Daize says, “so massage is used to relieve muscle spasms and ease structural changes.” The therapist works to loosen joints, keeping them aligned, and soften the connective tissues, thereby relieving backaches and leg cramps.As pregnancy progresses and the abdomen enlarges, special positioning is required during massage. Up to the 24th week of pregnancy it is acceptable, according to Daize, for moms to be on their back with the right hip tilted up, taking pressure off the nerves and arteries. Pressure on the arteries in the back, she notes, will diminish blood flow and oxygen to the fetus. Another position that decreases stress on the back is side-lying, with the belly supported by a small wedge pillow.During the final trimester’s “home stretch,” the baby begins to gain weight more rapidly, pressing against inner organs and shifting them about. Discomfort increases and the impending due date can cause added stress and anxiety. At this stage, Daize says, the therapist focuses on trigger points to relieve pain while continuing to elicit relaxation throughout the body. Generally, during the last two weeks before the mother’s due date, the therapist concentrates her techniques on preparing the woman’s body for delivery.Before initiating massage, consult your obstetrician, especially if you are at high risk. While massage is a safe treatment, there are certain conditions that require your physician’s approval and careful monitoring by the therapist. Notify your therapist immediately of any changes in your physical health, and consult your obstetrician about continuing the treatments should complications arise. Some physicians may be unaware of the benefits of pregnancy massage and hesitant to recommend it. In these cases, the therapist can help by providing information that explains her specialized training and experience.

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All you beautiful moms out there – from expecting to experienced – you are welcome on the massage table!

Welcome

Welcome to ZenGate Healing Arts! This is the home of Annie Van Zeyl, massage therapist extraordinaire and ZenMomma enthusiast.  Located in the heart of downtown Elmhurst, IL and provides Massage Therapy and Zentastic experiences to the most tired and stressed-out  career professionals, moms with kids of all ages and individuals with medical conditions.

There are many different types of zen, and each person’s definition and meaning of being in a “zen” state of mind and body may vary. It is because of this that ZenGate Healing Arts offers a variety of different modalities and massage style options to appeal to each person in a customized way.