prenatal massage

Prenatal Massage at Syracuse and Rochester, NY

Our CNY Healing Art Center in Syracuse and Rochester New York specialize in Prenatal Massage! Since CNY Healing Arts is an extension of CNY Fertility, you are in good hands getting a Prenatal massage with us because we know babies! Our CNY massage therapists in Syracuse and Rochester are certified and ready to comfort you and ease tensions or discomforts associated with pregnancy.


Syracuse: $65/30 minutes, $95/60 minutes

Rochester: $55/30 minutes, $85/ 60 minutes

Call our Syracuse office at 315-671-5755 or our Rochester office at 585-724-5750 ext. 2 to schedule a Prenatal Massage now!

To learn more on the benefits and precautions, read on!

Prenatal Massage

Fast Facts:

  • A pregnant woman can get a prenatal massage after the first trimester

  • Prenatal massage can help relieve common pregnancy symptoms such as swelling, discomfort,

  • Always let your massage therapist know you are pregnant when booking

  • It is always best to check with your provider before having a Prenatal massage

  • Make sure your massage therapist is certified in Prenatal Massage

What is a Prenatal Massage

Massage has been used for years to relieve stress, improve health, and bring comfort back into the body. Prenatal massage includes all of those benefits but is also comforting the momma with specific techniques who is bringing life into this world!

A typically prenatal massage is a Swedish massage. A Swedish, relaxation massage will help relieve pregnancy symptoms such as anxiety, muscle aches, swelling and improve pregnancy labor plus newborn health.

Prenatal massage is performed by trained massage therapists who have been certified for Prenatal massage. There are specific techniques used to relax muscles, improve blood circulation, and address specific points in the body that are typically uncomfortable during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

Studies have shown that regulating hormones from massage can have a significant impact on a pregnant woman’s mood and overall health. Bi-weekly massage can improve feelings of depression that are associated with pregnancy.

How a Prenatal massage is Different than a Regular Massage

A Prenatal massage caters specifically to the changes in the body during pregnancy. During a regular massage, you typically lay on your back for the first half and then flip over to your stomach for the second half. With a prenatal massage, it all depends on what stage of pregnancy Mom is in. For example, laying on your stomach might be uncomfortable for Mom and the baby and laying face up, can sometimes put pressure on blood vessels that can disrupt blood flow to the baby, causing feeling of nausea.

Because pregnant women literally have a human growing inside of them, causing their stomach and breasts to grow, a pregnancy pillow is used with specific cushioning and holes to allow the body to lay comfortably. Another option is to lay on their side with the assistance of cushioning. During a regular massage, these added cushions are not needed.

A Prenatal massage is typically a Swedish, relaxation massage, especially on the legs. Deep pressure on the legs while pregnant is a big NO, NO. Since being pregnant makes women more susceptible to blood clots, deep tissue massage is avoided so to not dislodge blood clots. A gentle massage on the legs will still feel AMAZING! Firmer pressure is acceptable on other parts of the body.

Since heat is avoided during pregnancy, the massage bed will not be warmed prior to the massage.

Benefits of a Prenatal Massage

  • Reduce stress hormones
  • Loosen muscles
  • Increase blood flow
  • This helps flush out toxins and keeps the lymphatic system working
  • Helps with mentality during pregnancy
    • Massage acts as a comfort, and can aide in relieving depression symptoms
  • Help relieve pain associated with pregnancy such as:
    • Joint pain
    • Neck
    • Back
    • Sciatica
    • Insomnia
    • Leg Cramps
  • Reduce swelling
  • Alleviate headaches and congestion

Safety & Risk

Massage during the first 3 months of pregnancy may lead to dizziness or morning sickness as well as an increased risk for miscarriage associated during the first trimester.

Certain trigger points have been known to induce contractions. It is extremely important to let your therapist know you are pregnant, or could be pregnant prior to massage, in order to avoid these pressure points.

When scheduling, make sure it is with a therapist certified in Prenatal Massage. They will know what areas of the body to avoid and to massage. You can also feel at ease knowing they will be able to help relieve any pain or pressure that arises during your massage associated with pregnancy.

Let your massage therapist know any symptoms or sicknesses you are having during your pregnancy to avoid further complications.

Women who have experienced any of the following symptoms should contact their provider before having a massage:

  • Bleeding
  • Are a high-risk pregnancy
  • Previous pre-term labor
  • Sever swelling
  • High blood pressure
  • Recently gave birth
  • Pre-term contractions

When can I get a Prenatal Massage?

After the first trimester is generally when pregnant women can start getting prenatal massages. It is always best to check with a doctor first for the go ahead.


Cost of a prenatal massage typically ranges from $60-$120 depending on where you are having it done as well as how long the massage it.

Prenatal Massage at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse & Rochester NY:

CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse and Rochester NY are one of the top massages places to get a Prenatal massage. Why? Because we are the sister business to CNY Fertility! Everyday we are meeting and helping women get pregnant! If you are a pregnant woman, you can feel confident in choosing CNY to help you on your pregnancy journey!

*We advise against using our aqua terrace, dry sauna and use of steam in our steam showers while pregnant.

What to expect at CNY

At CNY, the pregnancy pillow is optional. If a pregnant woman chooses to forego the pillow, the therapist will perform a massage with the client on their side so to not disrupt the baby. Each person is different on what they find most comfortable.

“Laying on the pregnancy pillow was so comfortable for me during my massage! I had not been able to lay on my stomach for weeks, so being able to do it comfortably was great. The massage was so relaxing, I fell asleep and had to be woken up at the end!”

-CNY Syracuse Client, Amber

During the beginning of pregnancy and middle, attention to pressure points are avoided during massage. If it is the end of your pregnancy and you are close to your due date or past, massage therapists at CNY can pay attention to these pressure points. They agree it is better to go naturally then be induced with drugs. This is only done with the client’s consent. A massage therapist would never decide on their own to apply pressure to these points.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga offers many wonderful benefits for the mother-to-be. The months leading up to the birth of your baby are an exhilarating and wonderful experience. It can also be a little stressful at times with all of the preparation for your delightful bundle (perhaps, a little exhausting too). Yoga helps the mind and body prepare for the months (and years) ahead!

In prenatal yoga, the gentle stretching exercises will help the muscles in your body. During pregnancy, there are new aches and pains that you may not have experienced before such as lower backache. Yoga can help to strengthen the muscles in the back which help to support the weight of the baby. Strengthening the muscles in the back, arms, and neck will help later when you’re feeding and carrying your child!

It is advisable to lift from the legs versus bending over at the waist throughout pregnancy and is a good practice in general. Yoga helps to tone the leg muscles and contribute to lower body strength. This overall fitness will help when getting the baby into car seats and in and out of vehicles or strollers.

Prenatal yoga also focuses on proper breathing methods which will help during the labor process to stay focused and help the body and mind to relax. Also, the body’s balance is altered during pregnancy and yoga may help with stability. Yoga teaches us to stay focused on the present moment which is wonderful to learn as you enjoy every moment with your new family! Another added bonus is yoga’s ability to aid in circulation, which is especially important during the prenatal time to help blood flow to necessary areas of the body.

Learning to take these moments for yourself now and after the baby is born is so important for your physical and emotional well-being.

Please visit us at  CNY Healing Arts Syracuse for a prenatal yoga class!

Syracuse: 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

Thursday’s 5:00PM with Meg

Sunday’s 10:30AM with Meg!

A Beautiful Bundle of Fear

I had my first child almost five years ago. My eyes opened, my soul shifted and swelled with joy inside me. I held my brand new baby boy and looked into his eyes and he was familiar. He was beautiful. He was mine and I was his.

When I brought him home at first it was one sunlit moment after another. Everything felt lovely. Those first few days if one is fortunate enough to have the support system I had, (a loving husband, an over-the-moon mother who camped out at my house the first few hours and days), the utopia one can feel is amazing. Your body is still in shock from giving birth. Your mind seems to overcompensate for that with a surge of hormones that make everything feel surreal and dream-like. My job was to nurse, eat and sleep. The same as my baby. We were very similar those first few days. We were both healing from the birthing process and we were getting to know each other. I was in a state of absolute balance with my role as his mother.  I was doing it beautifully. I was where I had always dreamed to be. For about 144 hours.

Then Mom went home. My husband gave in to the sleepiness that the adrenalin wave he’d been riding on finally broke over. I remember the moment reality hit me. Or should I say, negativity.

I was sitting on the couch with my swaddled sweetie, and looking in his eyes. He was looking back into mine. The clock was ticking faintly. The street below my cozy upstairs flat seemed miles away.

I had a thought, and the thought was more of an image of a little boy (about the age he is now) going off to his first day of school. And this was not a good thought. This was a thought oozing with fear. Fear for my little boy in the big wide world. I thought of his being teased, being hurt, being bullied. I thought of the put- downs, the rejections, the frustrations his peers would surely evoke in him one day. I would not be there to protect him. I had never been further than 10 feet from him.

I sat there and I wept. I wept for the pain this life would bring my son. Something had been triggered. One negative thought brought on another and before I knew it I was paralyzed in my own home. I didn’t want to take him for a walk, for a drive. Taking him to his doctor appointment a few days later was as frightening as if I were about to walk over hot coals. What kind of mother exposes her son to countless viruses bringing a baby out in public? It got worse. I began to imagine things happening to him. Dropping him in his car seat on the concrete steps. Forgetting him in the car. Something falling on his head. It got more and more dreadful each time. My resolve was to keep him safe from public. This went on for a couple of weeks. I am grateful it did not last long. For many women, postpartum depression is a long journey through dark and cold territory of which there is no map. I am happy to report I did not suffer in this state for long.

This is not because I am a particularly super-powered person who can turn off and on depression and anxiety with a snap of my fingers. Not at all. This passing by of a state I felt every fiber of my mind and body slipping into was all due to a choice. A choice that required hard work and disciplined thinking. A choice and a level of work I didn’t know I had accomplished until I reflected on this period of my life years later.

The choice came in the form of a mantra I began saying over and over to myself during my 15 minute post-natal yoga DVD I would do in my living room each morning of my maternity leave. As I brought strength back into my body and air into my lungs I would bring these words into my heart. The words “I am grateful for this life. I am grateful for this life.”

As I would say this to myself, the memories would flood my mind. Being a child myself pushed in the mud and laughed at. Being nine and so nervous about Monday at school that I would fake a stomachache. Being bullied. Being insulted. Being called ugly, and later, much worse.  I liked to dress a little more rock n roll than my private school peers. I had pale skin and big eyes. I had wild hair and an affinity for loud and not so mainstream music.  I was not taken seriously. I was laughed at and teased.

All these memories intruded my 12 years later yoga session in those mornings of my maternity leave. But then I allowed myself to acknowledge the memories, just as yoga instructors will suggest, “acknowledge your thoughts and then let them go” they would say. But a funny thing happened. I acknowledged my thoughts, and more memories piled on top of those. More powerful memories. Memories that I instantly knew served to guide me in a better direction. Memories of me laughing at the callousness, of standing up for myself and asking them to stop. Of the looks on their faces when their bullying was so directly acknowledged. The memories carried with them my first time feeling pride in myself, strength in my character. I felt the first time I felt confident in myself. I felt the first time I asked a boy to dance and he said yes. I felt the beauty that trials and tribulations of life brought me to, as life guided me through those trials and tribulations and the problems, the pain itself shaped me into a woman of integrity, compassion, strength, confidence, and empathy.

This flood of memories and feelings all came from that simple mantra “I am grateful for this life.” And it took mere weeks for my mind to stop focusing on the what if’s regarding my son experiencing pain, and instead to celebrate the opportunities to thrive in this world that such pain will generate within him. I read recently a quote from someone that stated that they preferred to be around people who had suffered, for they were kinder.

This world is a perfect balance of pain and suffering and joy and happiness. You cannot experience one without the other, and you can’t experience any of it sitting in your apartment afraid to leave.

I was told later that I may have been experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression or possibly agoraphobia. I have since been diagnosed as having anxiety disorder. This part of me has proved to be a blessing. For with my worry comes the appreciation and acknowledgment in those moments when I am not worried. With my fear comes courage, as I have lived through fear and moved through it and danced with it on many dark lonely nights and woken up to a bright sunlit kitchen and coffee aroma carrying me from my bed and into a day where the fear has subsided and anything is possible. I have trained myself through the power of attraction to put my positive intentions out there in the world. And the positive intentions do find me. It was only through these crippling weeks living in fear of my new babies life that I had to make a decision to live with more positive focus or else risk missing out on the pure joy that comes from motherhood, from watching your child survive and thrive.

Perspective is the most powerful thing we humans have the ability to play with. We can shape it to work for us, or against us. I enjoy ALL of it truly now because if I don’t, then these less than 60 years I have left, (if I’m so blessed),  will be one big long rainy cold life.  I have had fearful moments and days since then, but I have never let it get the best of me, because I know that this too shall pass and life goes on whether your running huddled under your umbrella as it rains and rumbles around you or you go skipping in the storm.

My son starts kindergarten next year. And he has been in preschool for a full year now. He has been teased and pushed around but I will never forget the day I watched him stand back up brush himself off and say to his buddy “If you’re going to push me again could you make me slide all the way to that tree!” Both boys smiled and ran off to enjoy the fun.  He is grateful for this life.  Like mother, like son.

By Angela Aurigema

Prenatal Yoga Classes Offered:


Prental Yoga offered Thursday’s 5:00PM and Sunday’s 10:30AM



The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or are already an experienced yoga practitioner, you can enjoy the benefits of prenatal yoga before, during and after labor. By attending a prenatal yoga class, you are becoming a part of something similar to a community. You will meet other pregnant women who are on the same journey and experiencing the same feelings as you. More importantly, you will be doing good by your baby-to-be.

As you and your pals progress through pregnancy, your instructor will alter your yoga routine to best fit your needs. As you may already know, your pregnancy is divided into trimesters, lasting three months each. A positive, supportive environment, such as a prenatal yoga class offers, can really help you stay on a healthy emotional track throughout all the different stages of pregnancy by keeping you fit and giving you a regular motivational boost.

Join us for a yoga class today – visit our class schedules, separated by location, here.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga:

  • Keeps you limber
  • Tones your muscles and keeps them strong
  • Minimizes water retention, which helps to reduce swelling, especially in the legs, ankles and hands
  • Prevents insomnia
  • Eases back pain or discomfort
  • Encourages proper posture, providing optimum internal space for your growing baby
  • Improves balance
  • Develops a sense of inner focus and peace
  • Increases circulation
  • Helps control weight gain
  • Alleviates mood swings
  • Trains you to stay calm
  • Reduces overall stress level
  • Helps your body deal with stress by lowering heart and breathing rates
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes mind and body awareness
  • Develops concentration and focus
  • Helps pregnant women adapt gracefully to physical changes
  • Decreases constipation and fatigue

Supine Hypotension: Lying on your back during pregnancy

CNY Healing Arts Prenatal Yoga and Laying Downby Christa Tyson – Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula and Mom at CNY Healing Arts in Rochester, NY

I teach Prenatal Yoga at CNY Healing Arts in Rochester, NY.  Frequently I hear students ask if it is safe to practice supine (on the back) yoga poses.   Many doctors tell pregnant women not to rest or exercise on the back during pregnancy.  Lying on the back during pregnancy after 20-22 weeks gestation can create a pooling of blood in the lower legs.  How does this happen?  The growing uterus may rest on the vena cava and aorta that transport blood to and from the heart.  But did you know that more women feel the effects of this hypotension from standing upright?  I bet your doctor didn’t tell you to stop standing!

Standing upright and still during the third trimester can reduce maternal cardiac output by as much as 18%.  Lying in a supine position (on the back) with legs extended can reduce cardiac output by as much as 9% in the second and third trimester. (Women’s Fitness Program Development, Ann F. Crowlin)  In order to keep your body safe during pregnancy you will need to develop confidence to listen to your body and act accordingly.  If standing still starts to feel uncomfortable move and sway the hips, shift your weight or better yet.. sit down.  If lying on your back starts to feel uncomfortable roll to your left side.  Lying on the left side during pregnancy brings more blood flow to the uterus.

To avoid hypotensive syndromes during my yoga classes I educate my students and encourage them to listen to their body.  First we discuss hypotension, what it feels like and what causes it.  Then I always give the students a choice to participate in the standing and supine positions or choose other poses.   If students choose to do supine poses we spend no more than 3 minutes in the pose and I encourage the women to roll to their left side if any discomfort is felt.  Studies show that 3-5 minutes of exercise in supine positions had no adverse effects. (Women’s Fitness Program Development, Ann F. Crowlin).

I encourage you to talk with your doctor or midwife and discuss the signs and symptoms of hypotensive syndrome. Although I am trained to keep women safe in my prenatal yoga classes, your doctor knows you much better than I do.  Trust their advice and remember we can always find yoga poses specific to your needs and comfort level in my prenatal yoga classes!  There will always be choices.  Hope to see you soon.


CNY Healing Arts Center
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610

Prenatal Yoga: Focus and Benefits

Christa, Yoga CNY Healing Arts

The most common things we tend to focus on in Prenatal yoga are:

  • Back pain
  • Nausea and Constipation
  • Varicose Veins
  • Swelling and Inflammation around the feet/hands
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Fear and Worry
  • Positions woman can use during labor and childbirth
  • Pelvic floor
  • and much more….

There are so many emotional and physical benefits gained from prenatal yoga!  We do exercises to strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation to both mother and baby, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort.  The girls in the classes develop a deeper understanding and connection with their babies, bodies and also learn important relaxation techniques to keep them stress and worry free.  The class is also a great support system for the women.  The ladies really enjoy chatting with each other and bonding over pregnancy blooper stories!

In the Parent and Baby yoga class I bring my baby Jaia to class with me!  He is 8 months and has been a wonderful assistant and he is probably CNY’s youngest employee!! haha.  Just like Prenatal yoga, I ask the parents what they would like to work on and how they are feeling.  I mention that the class is a comfortable supportive place, so if a baby gets fussy or needs some loving, parents are free to take a break to feed, change diapers, kiss, cuddle or do what ever the baby needs to feel blessed during their time at CNY.  Happy baby=Happy parent!

Benefits of Postnatal Yoga for the Parent
Mom’s will regain strength, energy and stamina that was lost during the pregnancy and birth. All exercises are safe and geared toward the postnatal body, focusing on rebuilding strength within the abdominal area, pelvic muscles and back. Mom’s will learn how to release tension in the neck and shoulders as well as bring balance back to the spine after experiencing the stresses of pregnancy and labor. Infants enjoy spending quality one on one time with their Mom or Dad.

Benefits for the Baby:
Tactile, auditory and visual contact is important for child’s brain development and emotional well-being and can help assimilate trust and security. Trust and security lead to development of self confidence, the foundation of a balanced body, mind and spirit. By practicing certain postural sequences the parents can help establish routine, which builds on the babies knowledge of anticipation which can help develop language. Their baby may also sleep better and longer as a result of the physical and mental stimulation gained during postnatal yoga.

Mothers recovering from Cesarean delivery should wait at least 6-10 weeks then get the “green light” from their care provider before enrollment in yoga. Mothers that are recovering from vaginal birth should wait 4-6 weeks and also get the “green light” from their care provider. Adoptive caregiver or Partners can begin at anytime.

Don’t forget I also teach a yoga class for everyone on Thursday’s!  This class is open to students of all levels. Each class is specifically designed around the individual students needs and progress, helping them stay challenged.  We connect the breath with the movement of the body during the “flow” of yoga, which helps the busy mind relax.

Christa Corsaro Tyson, Certified Yoga Instructor

Benefits of Grape Seed Extract for Fertility Enhancement

We hear a lot about antioxidants and how they are good for us, and there are many choices from chocolate and green tea to vitamins and supplements. Proflavanol is one of those options. It is a plant derived antioxidant combined with extracts from grape seeds. It actually helps your body remove waste (free radicals) produced by cells when they use oxygen. If you’ve ever had a car near the beach you know how salty air will cause it to rust. In much the same way, these by products work away at your body and wear away its natural defenses and structures. Over long periods of time they lead to chronic illnesses and debilitating symptoms.Proflavanol is exciting because it not only cleanses the body of corrosive materials, but it also strengthens blood vessels and helps the body repair itself. After taking Proflavanol for only a couple of weeks, you will begin to notice signs of your body repairing. Hair comes in thicker and stronger, nails are smoother, and you have more energy. Over longer periods of time, Proflavanol doesn’t just enhance the exterior of the body, but it also cleanses the interior. Damage caused by poor diet, stress, and excessive hormones is mitigated. Proflavanol’s greatest asset to fertility is its ability to reduce inflammation and help bring the body into balance.

Proflavanol enhances fertility in men by increasing sperm production, enhancing morphology (structure of the sperm), and decreasing inflammation in the prostate. These benefits make the supplement useful not only in the short term, but insure the long-term health of the male reproductive system.

In women, Proflavanol increases blood circulation to the pelvic area, decreases inflammation, and reduces the impact of stress on the body. The overall effect of these changes is an enhanced uterine environment that is better prepared for implantation and a healthy pregnancy.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy and birthing are wonderful stages in a woman’s life. In Prenatal yoga, you will connect with your innate feminine wisdom that guides you through your pregnancy. Read more