Rochester, CNY Healing Arts Prenatal Newsletter
Posted by: Erin McCollough on Feb 22, 2010 in news

Please enjoy the February Prenatal Newsletter from our Rochester, CNY Healing Arts Center, below. We are conveniently located at 2244 East Ave, Rochester, NY. If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 585.244.1280.

One of our goals at CNY Healing Arts Center is to offer comprehensive holistic services for our prenatal and postnatal clients.  We understand that what you eat, what you do for exercise and how you handle stress can have far-reaching consequences for both your health and the health of your baby. That is why we have grown our staff to include massage therapists, acupuncturists, and yoga teachers to meet all of your day-to-day needs during this time.  CNY Healing Arts has a team of practitioners who are experts in holistic care for fertility and pregnancy.  Here’s a few examples of how we can work together with your health-care provider to ensure that both you and your baby receive everything you need for a joyful and healthy pregnancy.

massage3 Trimesters & Your Health: Utilizing Yoga, Acupuncture & Massage

First Trimester:
Acupuncture is recommended weekly to help secure implantation, prevent miscarriage, and promote the development of a healthy placenta. Prenatal acupuncture can also help alleviate symptoms of morning sickness and the exhaustion of early pregnancy.

Second Trimester:
Prenatal yoga teaches you breathing techniques and yoga postures to get your body active and stretched, creating space for your growing baby. Also, yoga class provides a great opportunity to create a network of support with other moms.

Prenatal massage assists in fetal development by supporting the body’s circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and removing stagnant fluids. Therapeutic touch provides your developing baby with stimulating and nurturing input. Massage is recommended monthly, or as needed, to help mom stay healthy and ease physical discomforts of pregnancy such as upper and lower backache, hip tightness and sciatica.

Acupuncture is recommended on a monthly basis to maintain the well-being of you and your baby. It is also recommended weekly, or as needed, as a great safe way to treat ailments (like colds, skin rashes, and headaches) that pregnancy may bring.

Third Trimester:
Acupuncture is recommended monthly for the six weeks of this trimester and weekly thereafter to encourage a timely and comfortable delivery. Acupuncture can help ease the pain in your hips and lower back, as well as relax you for the upcoming labor.

Prenatal yoga will focus on strength and mental preparedness for childbirth. Adding the practices of meditation and yoga nidra (yoga sleep) will help you get a good night’s rest and prepare you for childbirth and the joys and stresses of baby’s first few weeks of life.

Prenatal massage encourages a healthy labor, eases muscular tension, increases hip flexibility and reduces swelling and other discomforts. It increases endorphins and serotonin, promoting hormone-balance, relaxation, and a sense of well-being for both mother and baby. Massage is recommended as needed and weekly for the last 6-8 weeks of pregnancy.

Lily Of ValleyAromatherapy Workshop: Safe Essential Oils For Pregnancy & With Babies
Wednesday, March 24, 6:00-7:30pm
$20 per person
RSVP Required to

If you are interested in learning how to naturally support your health during pregnancy as well as your baby’s health, please join us for this hands-on class. You will learn which essential oils are best to use during pregnancy and with babies and how to use them, and will make a blend to take home with you. You will also be given several handouts for further exploration of oils at home.

Mindy MacLaren is a nationally certified Aromatherapist and mother to twin girls. She has experience using oils during her own pregnancy and now, with her daughters, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you!

This Months Highlights:

Loaning Library:
Open to clients at CNY Healing Arts.  Christa has a slew of books on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting topics.  If would like more information email Christa for the Library List.  If you have old books you would like to donate, just drop them off at CNY-Rochester!

CNY Birth Book:
Christa is putting together a book of encouragement/birth announcement book for prenatal students.  If you were in Christa’s prenatal yoga class and would like to participate please fill out the following questionnaire. Feel free to send in a picture of your new baby! Email Christa with your answers to the questions below at

1.) Baby’s Name, Parent’s Name, Birth Date and Time, Length and Weight

2.) Where did you deliver?  Who was your care provider?

3.) What was your favorite part of labor?

4.) Was there anything you learned in prenatal yoga that helped you during labor?

5.) Where there any other tricks that worked well for you during labor (positions, visualizations, etc…)

6.) What words of advice or encouragement do you have for new moms?

7.) Other Comments:

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