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Maternal Massage and More
Mon-Sat, by appointment; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at Spring St.
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Though many spas offer massage for pregnant women, few claim the wisdom and experience in the field that Janet Markovits brings to her cozy, informal private practice. The graduate of the Swedish Institute took over the business from the now-retired Elaine Stillerman, a pioneer in pre- and postnatal work, and Markovits's mentor. Far from fluff-and-buff relaxation techniques, clients here get intensive, customized bodywork. During a session—which begins after a detailed consultation—the expecting mother is supported by a set of positioning cushions that mold to the shape of her body and alleviate pressure on the breasts and lower back; "You don't even feel like you’re pregnant," the massage therapist claims. Oils and creams by Belli, a skin care line geared toward common pregnancy and postpartum concerns like stretch marks, nausea, and swollen ankles, are used during treatments and sold through the office. Markovits also teaches infant-massage classes throughout the year and instructs couples privately in labor support. "I like being part of the whole process," she explains. And in fact, many return clients find themselves booking appointments well after they’ve given birth.
Maternal Massage and More shares a floor with several other health care practitioners (an acupuncturist and a reflexologist) who also specialize in pre- and postnatal work.
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