You Might Want Prenatal Pillows Even If You’re Not Pregnant

We offer prenatal massage to our clients who are expecting here at Under Pressure Therapeutics, and there are some obvious and some not so obvious precautions we need to take. The biggest obvious precaution is the fact that a pregnant woman cannot lie on her baby belly face down to work her back! And expectant mothers desperately need their backs worked.

 

Enter the Prenatal Bolster Set!

 

It’s not super clear on the picture, but there is a depression in the 2 top cushions for the belly, and the separate cushions allow for larger bellies (when they are really large, like 9+ months pregnant large, we can put pillows under the cushions to allow for more drop for the baby belly) and there are 2 depressions at the top of the top cushion that relieve pressure on the breasts. This system supports you along the sternum and down the sides of the rib cage an on the hip bones, allowing the body to feel supported but not squished.

 

So if you aren’t pregnant, why would you want to use these in your session? Here are 5 great reasons to use the bolsters in your next session:

 

  1. You recently had abdominal surgery. A common reason to opt for the pillows is a recent (but not too recent) abdominal surgery. Hysterectomy, appendectomy, bowel obstruction, exploratory surgery, and gallbladder removal are just a few of the surgeries that feel better with little pressure lying down. Now, we don’t want to see you in the same week as a surgery; however, if your insides are still tender and you want a massage, we can help you be as comfortable as possible.
  2. You have a piercing / tattoo / body modification that’s tender. From breast augmentation to belly button piercings, sometimes it’s nice to just have less direct pressure on your tummy. It doesn’t need to be a new one – it can be a recently inflamed one. Sometimes a piercing can get caught on something and pull and just make you tender and sore. The prenatal pillows can allow for some tender care.
  3. You are going through breast cancer treatments. While the prenatal pillows focus more on a depression for your abdomen, there are the depressions for breasts. Lumpectomies and radiation treatments can not only be difficult to deal with emotionally, but having overly tender breast tissue due to a medical treatment plan can defer people from getting a relaxing massage.
  4. You are a larger person. Sometimes when you are carrying more weight than you’d like, lying on a flat table isn’t very comfortable. It puts pressure on your stomach, it’s difficult to have you back in a neutral position, the face cradle might be pulling your head forward and it’s not comfortable on your neck. Whatever your reasons for not feeling comfortable on a standard, flat table, prenatal pillows can allow extra cushion and comfort during your session.
  5. Injury. Head injuries are the most common where you might want the prenatal pillows. The reason being you want your head to stay elevated as you heal. Concussions especially need to be elevated in the early stages.

 

These are only a few of the reasons to try out the prenatal pillows. They are super comfortable and add a layer of cushion that could enhance your next massage experience. If you want to try them out and see if they add comfort to your massage session, talk to your massage therapist.

Mother’s Day is Right Around the Corner

Gift Certificates and Pretzels for Mom!
For this Mother’s Day, when you buy a gift certificate at Under Pressure Therapeutics, you will also receive a 3 pack of Colorado Pretzel Company’s chocolate caramel pretzels! These pretzels are so delicious – they’re the perfect amount of sweet/salty, crunchy/gooey/melty, sweet delicious heaven. It’s a nice little treat to add to your thoughtful gift.
You can purchase your gift certificates in store or online and still come by on Wednesday 10th 10-1, Thursday 11th 10-5, or Friday 12th 10-5 to pick up the pretzels. (If you need to arrange pick up at a different time, please call or text (970) 286-0033 or email marissa@uptmassage.com.)

Healthy Choices for a Better Work Lifestyle

Written by Noel Beck

May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, which is a very long title, but awesome motivation to be healthy at work. Under Pressure Therapeutics is all about keeping a fit and healthy way of life both in a personal and professional aspect. This is so important to us that for the month of May, we want you to tell us all about your efforts in making a healthier lifestyle happen. All month long we want you to tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other form of social media and tell or show us how you are increasing your health and fitness. The person with the most interactive posts on UPT’s social media will win a free 30 minute massage and a free peppermint essential oil at the end of the month! The winner will be announced on May 31st.

To help get your month started, here are a few different methods that should put your mind and body on the right track to a healthier lifestyle.

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Get Up and Walk Everywhere

Whether it be taking the stairs, parking farther away, or going for a walk on your lunch, walking is the easiest and best way in getting your body moving. Try suggesting that a one on one meeting take place outside or get up and go walk over to a coworkers work station to ask them a question instead of e-mailing it. This gets the blood pumping and the joints moving. Getting up every half hour or so allows for your body to kick back into gear and will give you some much needed energy. So many people that want to increase their fitness goals tend to start by just walking. Fitbits or pedometers tend to hold people more accountable for their physical activity, so this might be a helpful tool in keeping track of how much walking you are actually accomplishing throughout the day.

Increase your water intake.

Water is amazing! I have met some people that struggle with drinking water throughout the day because they “don’t like the way it tastes.” True, water does lack in the flavor department, but there are flavored water options if you need them. Really, I will just promote getting the water into your body any way you can. Besides keeping yourself hydrated, drinking plenty of water throughout the day improves your digestion and can give you clearer skin. If your work doesn’t provide a drinking fountain or water bottles, go out and purchase a reusable water-bottle. If it’s your favorite color, or has an awesome saying/picture or is just fun to drink out of, this may inspire your to drink more water. I know it has helped me in the past.

Eat something.

I have never seen anyone eat so much as my sister. And when I say this, it is complimentary. My sister is fit and does not struggle with weight problems. But she is kind of like a bunny rabbit with an amazing metabolism. In the mornings she will eat an oatmeal/chia seed combination breakfast or a meal replacement shake (depending on how late to work she is). When she gets to work she has a banana. At 11am every day, she goes to lunch and eats some awesomely healthy meal. When at around 2:30pm, she will have a cucumber and crackers. She has some trail-mix around 4:30pm and then makes sure she eats a small dinner before 7pm. According to dietitians this is how everyone should be eating! And this has been and will probably always be the way she naturally eats. If you can fit some healthy snacks into your day, it will help energize you and keep the work monotony at bay along with keeping you feeling full and satisfied.

Breathe Deep.

Breathing and taking a few minutes to meditate at work will help with stress, anxiety and just all around craziness. At a previous job of mine, my boss highly encouraged different breathing techniques and meditation with both clients and staff to help keep everyone on a positive page. For a quick guided meditation, check out the Stop, Breathe, Think app. It’s short, sweet and will get your back on track to a great mental day.

Get a massage.

If only we all worked at a corporate company like Google that provides in-house massage… but since we don’t, sometimes companies will bring bring in massage therapists for chair massages once a month. This is great for the suggestion box and really keeps employees on the happy side. Taking a 30 minute massage at lunch is also an option, or see about doing a work contest where the prize is a massage gift card.

There are so many other ways to practice healthy habits at work. Making sure you’re sitting in an ergonomic chair that keeps your posture looking good or doing some stretches in the brake room are just a few other ideas. Really it just comes down to incorporating your fit lifestyle into your daily work routine. So keep up the healthy activities and don’t forget to tell us about them!