Prenatal pampering – Small packages: health, nutrition, fitness, news and trends; spa services from Arizona’s Miraval Life in Balance

Prenatal pampering – Small packages: health, nutrition, fitness, news and trends; spa services from Arizona’s Miraval Life in Balance – Brief Article

Mary Ellen Strote

Spa treatments can be iffy when you re pregnant, but the folks at Miraval Life in Balance, a top-rated resort near Tucson, Ariz., have figured out how to modify them for expectant moms. This upscale but unpretentious resort, named the No. 1 destination spa in Zagat Survey Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas, 2003, emphasizes “body mindfulness,” an approach that lends itself especially well to pregnancy. Best treatments for pregnant women:

MASSAGE ($95) Therapists tailor the standard massage to accommodate pregnancy by using special bolsters that mold to breasts and belly. They let you lie comfortably and safely on both your side or back to enjoy a gentle but complete massage–even in the third trimester.

AYURVEDA TREATMENT ($105) The warm oils and long stroking motions used in this ancient style of bodywork stimulate circulation and put you into a state of such deep relaxation that you’ll sense the interconnectedness of your body, your fetus–and the universe.

AQUA ZEN ($115) The therapist holds you close enough to hear her heartbeat as she cradles you in water heated to 96[degrees]F and gently stretches your limbs to increase your flexibility. Some women say this treatment evokes emotions about being cared for at this special time.

MINERAL FLOAT BATH ($125) Spend an hour in perfect silence and perfect darkness, floating weightless in body-temperature water that’s loaded with 800 pounds of Epsom salts, and your nagging pains disappear, tensions dissolve and you can’t help but imagine how peaceful the womb must be. After an hour, deeply relaxed, you emerge to the world’s noise and light–and realize what birth must be like.

Room rates for Miraval start at $365 per person, double occupancy; one treatment daily per person is included in the room price. For more information, call 800-232-3969 or visit www.miravalresort.com.

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