When your client becomes pregnant, she experiences a number of significant changes, both internally and externally. Usually, the outward signs are obvious, the inward ones, however, are much more challenging to detect but still require attention. When it comes to addressing a variety of these issues, why not try a little mud massage?
How it works
Moor mud, an organic peat substance created after many years of plant decomposition, makes an ideal detoxifier, moisturizer and circulation booster, according to Bonnie Annis, principal at L’Moor, a spa product distributor. This black paste dissolves easily in water and contains a high concentration of amino acids, minerals, plant hormones and vitamins—all ingredients that have the power to heal.
While moor mud is generally used for anti-aging purposes, it is also known to soothe muscle aches, reduce swollen joints, stimulate the immune system, increase circulation and bring relief to those who suffer from fatigue and insomnia—symptoms that plague many pregnant women.
How it helps
The substance acts as a detoxifier, according to Annis, with a chelating effect that removes lactic and uric acid, as well as cellular by-products and environmental toxins from the body.
“It’s good for the joints and replenishes body photolipids and trace minerals,” she said, adding that pregnant women cannot always eat a nutritionally-balanced diet, so it’s important to replace lost minerals and vitamins.
Moms-to-be are also prone to having cold hands and feet, Annis noted. moor mud can help chase the chills by stimulating circulation and balancing hormones and chemicals in the body.
How to use it
While the mud can be applied during massage, benefits are maximized when used in a bath. Annis did warn, however, against excessively hot baths for expectant moms and suggested the water temperature range between 38 and 39 degrees Centigrade (100.4 and 102.2 Fahrenheit) for a safe and optimal treatment.
“The only contraindication would be uncontrolled hypertension or other condition where you would not want to take a bath,” she said. “Even after having a caesarean section, it’s good to have a mud bath.”
Furthermore, Annis pointed out that both mom and baby could benefit from a mud bath after undergoing the trauma of childbirth.
“The new mom could take the baby into the bath with her,” she said. “There is a connection and good bonding time around the bath.”
Mud wraps are not recommended during any stage of pregnancy, according to Annis.
“It is not comfortable for a pregnant woman to be wrapped for any length of time,” she said. “Also, no hot treatments early in pregnancy are advised, although there is no research to warn against it.”
How to sell it
If you are trained in facials, you might want to offer a mud facial to your expectant clients. The soothing, relaxing treatment cleanses and hydrates the skin and infuses it with minerals and vitamins. And why not pay attention to the feet at the same time? Using mud for a pedicure delivers the same benefits as a facial, and what pregnant woman couldn’t use a bit of pampering for those tired toes?
Since moor mud contains no kelp or seaweed, there is no risk of allergic reaction. Annis noted that massage with mud can be done as often as is comfortable for the expectant mom.