Hudson Valley Parent

HVP March 2017

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Page 24 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 "Don't be miserable, get a mas- sage." Morgan says less stress for mom equals less stress on the baby, so both mother and child benefit from prenatal massage. She also does house calls throughout Orange and Rockland counties. Speaking from personal experi- ence, Hope Garcia, a two-time mom- my, dog trainer and acupuncturist from Washingtonville in Orange County highly recommends getting a prenatal massage. "My body was hurting so bad from carrying around the extra weight and all that our bodies go through while pregnant," Garcia says. She went for massages during both of her pregnancies which helped her feel better, both mentally and physically. She says she was re- laxed, enjoyed what she described as her "me time," and appreciated the eased tension and relief from sore muscles she was experiencing. She believes that "babies feel everything mom does, and by mom being relaxed and taking care of her- self, the baby gets the good energy." Looking back, she says she should've treated herself more often to a massage prior to the arrival of her little ones. "Once the baby comes, 'me time' is far and few between, if at all. This is mom's opportunity to do something for her and help baby relax, too," Garcia says. Hudson Valley Birth and Body- work's owner Dana Scarano, who is a licensed massage therapist and a certified birth doula who operates throughout Dutchess and Ulster counties, offers clients prenatal massage throughout pregnancy. She says that licensed massage therapists are specifically trained to know the pressure points to avoid on a preg- nant woman's body, so as not to stimulate labor. Scarano said the multiple benefits of prenatal yoga include the reduc- tion of stress and tension, increased oxygenation of the blood for both All of our classes are taught by experts certifi ed by Dance Educators of America! Hip Hop • Ballet • Pointe • Tap • Jazz • Acrobatics • Modern • Combination 1830 South Rd. • Wappingers Falls • 845-297-2204 Mention this ad for FREE Registration (Insurance not included) Summer schedule now available. Please call for more information. Helping people with challenges live the fullest life possible. If you're looking for supports for children and families... If you're caring for a medically fragile child at home... If you're working to recover... If you're working to be healthy... If you're in crisis or know someone who is... ...We are here to help 1-888-750-2266 (Continued on Page 26)

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