Prenatal Massage: What is it and What are the Benefits?

Plus How Prenatal Massage Can Prepare You and Baby for Labor and Delivery!

Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to help improve health, relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Research has shown that prenatal massage therapy can have positive results as well. It is used to address different needs through varying techniques, helping to relieve discomfort associated with being pregnant, and can even improve labor outcomes and newborn health.


What is Prenatal Massage?

This massage therapy is a full-body massage performed by a certified prenatal massage therapist. The techniques used are similar to that of Swedish massage but with a few modifications for body positioning that ensures the safety and comfort of mother and baby.


The Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Let’s take a look at the many benefits you can experience from regular prenatal massage.


Reduce Swelling

During pregnancy, your feet, legs and hands can swell up. This is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels during pregnancy. Massage can help to stimulate the soft tissue and reduce swelling by moving the extra fluid. This in turn can help you feel more comfortable during pregnancy. 


Relieve Pain

Prenatal massage helps relieve or decrease pain. Muscles can become very tight and it is not uncommon for those who are pregnant to experience lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain. By addressing tight muscles or inflamed nerves in affected areas, this type of massage can help increase blood flow which helps to release the tension that is brought on naturally by pregnancy. In turn, this improved circulation may also help to reduce headaches, joint pain, and stress and anxiety. 


Hormone Regulation

Studies have shown that prenatal massage can help with hormone regulation and cardiovascular health. Those pregnant who received bi-weekly massages for five weeks showed that hormones associated with stress (norepinephrine and cortisol) were reduced while hormones associated with a reduction in depression (serotonin and dopamine–the “feel good” hormones) were increased. 


Not only was it shown to help those who are pregnant feel happier and less stressed, but the positive changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth as well as fewer instances of newborn complications. In other words, the evidence suggests that there are both maternal and newborn health benefits when prenatal massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care. 


Improve Sleep

Prenatal massage helps to relax the nervous system and increases those “feel good” hormones. In turn, this can help improve the quality of your sleep, something that can get more difficult as your pregnancy progresses.


Prepare Your Body for Labor and Birth

Prenatal massage can help you have an easier delivery. This is because it helps to reduce your overall stress and anxiety levels, but it also helps prepare the muscles by keeping them toned and relaxed in advance of labor. Studies have shown that those who received prenatal massage reportedly had shorter hospital stays, shorter labors and less incidence of postnatal depression. 


Are there Precautions I Should Take?

There are a few precautions and things you should look for when deciding on a prenatal massage care provider. First, it is recommended that you have a discussion with your prenatal care provider about your health before deciding on any type of massage therapy. Second, there are some things you should consider when deciding on who to get prenatal massage treatments from. Many professionals consider the best position for pregnant women during massage is side-lying tables. Tables with holes for the uterus to fit through are not recommended as this can still apply pressure to the abdomen and cause uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. We recommend verifying what position you will be in when making your first appointment. 


Feel the Benefits of Prenatal Massage Today!

At the US Wellness Collective, we believe that prenatal massage has been shown through research to be an instrumental ingredient in prenatal care. During your prenatal massage session, we’ll work to reduce back pain, tension and hip discomfort. A 90 minute session is recommended for best results. We also recommend getting a pregnancy glow facial, which can work wonders in cleaning out pores clogged by extra oil that is produced by pregnancy hormones. Book your prenatal massage and/or pregnancy glow facial today! 


Topical Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments vs. Kim Kardashian’s Famous Facial Style

Vampires, Microneedling and Facials, Oh My!

No, we aren’t talking Twilight and Edward Cullen here. Rather, we are talking about using your own blood (your platelets to be exact) to treat your skin and give it a more youthful look. You’ve probably heard all about the facial style that Kim K made famous, but what is the difference between this vampirish treatment and PRP(platelet rich plasma) treatments like microneedling + PRP? Let’s dive into the two different treatment styles and their benefits.


The Kim Kardashian Facial Treatment

Sometimes referred to as a “vampire facelift,” this treatment involves drawing your own blood. Your blood is then processed in a centrifuge to create PRP which is then injected into the skin as a dermal filler. PRP helps stimulate the growth of collagen (what helps keep your skin strong and looking youthful) and leaves your skin smoother, fuller and rejuvenated. 


Microneedling + PRP: Topical Application of PRP

Like the facial style Kim K made famous, your blood is drawn and processed for the platelets. However, instead of injecting the PRP into your skin as a filler, a facial treatment known as microneedling is used as the channel to get the PRP deeper into your skin. In microneedling, a device is used to create micro-injuries on the surface of your skin with very small needles. These thousands of micro-injuries help stimulate the body’s response into “healing” those micro-injuries, and in the process, creates collagen and elastin. When you combine this treatment with PRP, it is applied topically as the PRP can penetrate the skin deeper through the micro-injuries, delivering a bigger dose of platelets to the area, boosting collagen production. 


What are the Added Benefits of Topical PRP?

With microneedling + PRP, there is less pain and “down time” compared to the injections. Topical PRP is safe and ideal for virtually all skin types. Not only can topical PRP applications treat fine lines and wrinkles, but it also can help with a variety of other skin issues, such as stretch marks, acne scarring and even hair loss! 


What are the Side Effects of PRP?

Topical PRP has minor side effects and is minimally invasive. You can expect some mild irritation and tenderness at the sites that received microneedling, which can last about two days. You might also see some minor bruising and swelling. Because you are using your own blood to create the PRP, you won’t have any allergic reactions to the PRP. 


What can I Expect from Results?

Because PRP stimulates your own body to produce collagen and elastin, you won’t see all of the results immediately. Within a few weeks of treatment, you’ll notice a sustained difference in the volume and texture of your skin. Microneedling + PRP does require multiple sessions for the optimal results but treatments are only recommended every six to nine months for maintenance.


Start Your More Youthful Skin Journey Today!

Are you suffering from crepey, dull skin? At the US Wellness Collective, we understand that each person has their own unique skin care goals and needs. This is why we offer a variety of skin treatments and facials to help you look and feel your best. We offer both microneedling and the PRP facial (microneedling + PRP) as well as other facials and advanced skincare like Botox and dermal fillers. Contact us today to book your appointment or find out what treatment is right for you! 

Microneedling vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?

Plus Why Microneedling and Botox Complement Each Other

There are so many options out there for rejuvenating the skin that it can get overwhelming. Today we are going to take a look at the differences between microneedling and Botox to help dispel some of the anxiety you might be feeling over deciding what options are right for you. So let’s jump right in!


What is Microneedling?

Microneedling may sound scary but it’s actually a great treatment for many skin types and issues. It is non-invasive and uses very thin, small needles to create micro-injuries to the skin. You might be asking, “So how does creating tiny injuries on my skin help treat skin issues and rejuvenate my skin?” Great question! The answer is that it starts your body’s natural healing process that produces collagen and elastin, both of which are proteins that make your skin stronger, tighter and younger looking by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. And because it starts up the natural healing process, it can also be used to treat a variety of skin issues such as acne scarring, skin pigmentations, stretch marks and even hair loss. 


What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxin protein that temporarily causes paralysis of the muscles. This means that Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles (like those created when you squint or frown). Over time, this also helps with anti-aging because it is those repeated expressions that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Botox can also be used to treat other issues, such as migraines, excessive sweating and muscle disorders. 


How are the Treatments Similar?

Both microneedling and Botox use needles and treat the signs of aging. For Botox, the needle is used to inject the solution into the treatment areas. For microneedling, a device or pen containing the needle will create those thousands of micro-injuries on your skin. 


How are They Different?

While they both use needles, how they work is different. Botox is injected into the desired treatment areas to smooth the skin while microneedling treats the skin itself. And while you aren’t getting injected with a solution during a microneedling treatment like is required with Botox, your esthetician may spread serums or other treatments over your skin to take advantage of those micro-injuries and get the treatments absorbed deeper into your skin. One such example is microneedling plus PRP (platelet rich plasma). For this treatment, your blood will be drawn and processed down to the plasma. Then your own plasma, full of healing white blood cells, is spread over the skin after the microneedle treatment. This helps to boost your body’s healing process by bringing more white blood cells to the treatment areas. Microneedling plus PRP is also often used for hair loss treatments.


Botox and microneedling also differ in how long results last. Botox requires life-long maintenance with treatments needed every three to six months to keep the desired effects. Microneedling does require multiple sessions, but results generally last longer, depending on what the patient is seeking. Microneedling treatments are recommended every six to nine months. The time it takes to see results is different as well. The result of Botox is immediate while microneedling takes a few months to see the full results with some results seen immediately. This is because the microneedling stimulates the body to rejuvenate the skin and this “healing” process can take some time. 


Why Microneedling and Botox Complement Each Other 

If your goal is anti-aging, Botox and microneedling complement each other quite nicely. They both treat fine lines and wrinkles, but they work differently, allowing you to utilize both treatments in an anti-aging regimen. Botox strengthens the lower layers of your skin while microneedling improves the surface of your skin. 


Microneedling provides other benefits to Botox treatments including decreasing the healing time for both procedures and microneedling also helps in reducing the risk of infection, bruising, skin discoloration, as well as permanent damage or injury to the skin. 


Start Looking Younger Today

Are you ready to look younger or fix a variety of skin issues? At the US Wellness Collective, we offer a variety of treatments to help you look and feel your best and to meet the needs of each unique individual! Contact us today to find out which treatments are right for your unique skin care goals or to book an appointment. 

How Long Should I Wait? Botox, Massage & More: What You Need to Know About Aftercare

Your Guide to Looking and Feeling Good, Including Lip Filler Aftercare

At the US Wellness Collective, we know that looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. Many clients come to us with multiple needs, including facials, massage and advanced skin care such as dermal fillers and Botox. But how long should you wait between different types of treatments? And what about aftercare for certain treatments? To help you figure it all out, we’ll be answering some frequently asked questions about massage, Botox and dermal fillers in this article. 


How Long Should I Wait to Get a Massage After Getting Botox or Dermal Fillers?

Botox can be used to help you look younger, but it can also be used to treat migraines, muscle disorders and even excessive sweating. If you are also wanting a relaxing massage, there are some things you should consider. For the first few hours after receiving Botox or dermal filler injections, you want to avoid touching, compressing, disrupting or sleeping on the injection sites. You also need to wait several days before you can have someone therapeutically touch or massage your face. 


It is possible to receive a body massage immediately after your Botox treatments. However, you don’t want to put pressure on your face even on a padded cradle on the massage table. Let your masseuse know about your Botox or dermal fillers; a well trained professional will suggest a different position to ensure you don’t put any pressure on the injection sites. 


How Long Should I Wait to Get a Facial After Botox or Dermal Filler Injections?

Your face will be a bit sensitive after getting Botox, so it is a good idea to refrain from other forms of skin manipulation right after the procedure. This includes facials, microdermabrasion, electrolysis and laser hair removal. When making an appointment for any type of skincare post-Botox or dermal filler, let your care provider know when you had your last Botox or dermal filler treatment to make sure that your appointment is booked appropriately.


My Lips are Swollen after Getting a Filler. Should I Massage Them?

It’s not uncommon to have some small bruising and swelling after getting lip filler. A skilled and knowledgeable practitioner will inform you at your appointment of the appropriate aftercare. However, here are a few top Dos and Don’ts of lip filler aftercare:

  • Do use an ice pack to reduce swelling
  • Do drink plenty of water
  • Do stick to foods that are easy to eat
  • Do avoid excessive salt for 24 hours after
  • Do avoid kissing or massaging your lips directly after the procedure and possibly up to 24 hours if it is your first lip filler injection
  • Do be gentle with your skin while washing for 24 hours
  • Don’t use exfoliators or harsh cleaning brushes for 24 hours
  • Don’t have a facial massage for at least two weeks
  • Don’t drink through a straw for 24 hours after
  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after
  • Don’t exercise excessively for at least 24 hours


Look and Feel Great Today!

Are you ready to look and feel your best? At the US Wellness Collective, we take a holistic approach that treats mind and body. Our experts are ready to customize your experience and know the dos and don’ts of multiple types of treatments, ensuring you don’t risk infection or alter how the treatment looks. Contact us today to learn what treatments are right for you or to book your next appointment. 

Ways to Support Your Immune System

6 Tips for Boosting your Immune System

Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Here are 6 of our favorite tips to help boost your immune system!

Wash Your Hands Properly

The recent pandemic made many realize just how important proper and frequent handwashing is to our health. This is your first line of defense against getting sick and can help keep your immune system from having to battle more infection than it needs to, so keep up with good hand washing hygiene. 

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a diet that is high in antioxidants. This includes fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes. Antioxidants help decrease inflammation. Inflammation can suppress your immune system. Plus, the fiber in plant foods keeps your gut healthy, which can also help improve your immune system. Research shows that healthy gut bacteria can help your immune cells differentiate between normal cells and invading organisms. Be sure to also include fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C, which may help reduce the duration of the common cold. 

Also boost your intake of healthy fats, like those in olive oil, chia seeds and salmon. These healthy fats also have anti-inflammatory properties that may help your body fight off illness and even help with chronic illness such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

Fermented foods can also help keep your gut healthy with their beneficial probiotics. These foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and natto. If eating fermented foods isn’t your thing, then take probiotic supplements instead. 

Limit added sugars which can lead to being overweight or obese. Obesity can negatively affect your immune system, not to mention that foods with added sugars don’t give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to get through the day or fight off an illness if you do get sick. 


Hydration is important to all of our bodily functions, including our immune system and the systems that support it. Dehydration can cause headaches and negatively affect your digestive, heart and kidney functions. Drink plenty of water and limit drinks with added sugar. A general rule is drink when you are thirsty and stop when you are no longer thirsty. You may need more fluids if you exercise intensely, work outside or live in a hot climate. For older adults, it is important to note that as we age, our bodies do not signal thirst adequately, so they will need to drink regularly, even if they do not feel thirsty. 

Exercise Regularly

Moderate exercise can help boost your immune system. Regular, moderate exercise can help reduce inflammation and help immune cells regenerate regularly. Studies have also shown that moderate exercise can boost the effectiveness of vaccines in people with compromised immune systems. Examples of moderate exercise include brisk walking, steady bicycling, jogging, swimming and light hiking. Avoid prolonged, intense exercise during cold and flu season or if you are immunocompromised as this type of exercise can actually suppress your immune system.

 Practice Self-Care

Stress can drag down your immune system so manage your stress levels by practicing self-care. Remember that everyone should have a unique self-care regimen.  It should be whatever you find helpful, but some ideas to help you manage stress include meditation, yoga, journaling, practicing mindfulness, getting a massage or having fun with a hobby!

Get Adequate Sleep

Sleep is good for your body and your immune system. Several things happen during sleep that help your immune system and your body. During sleep, your levels of cortisol decrease. Cortisol is called the stress hormone. If you aren’t getting enough adequate sleep, it can leave you feeling stressed out, which can suppress your immune system. 

Also while you sleep, your body releases a type of protein called cytokines. These small proteins help your body fight inflammation, infection and even trauma caused by injuries. 

Boost Your Immune System with IV Infusion Therapy

Give your immune system a boost with IV Infusion Therapy. This treatment delivers nutrients and vitamins directly to your body through the bloodstream, which allows your body to take advantage of these nutrients in their most potent form. This is because IV infusion bypasses the digestive system, which reduces the potency of nutrients and vitamins as it metabolizes them. IV infusion therapy also helps keep your body hydrated.

At the US Wellness Collective, we offer several types of IV infusion therapy that can help boost your immune system including: 

  • Immunity IV: boosts your immune system with premium-quality compounds, improves your healing time and reduces the duration of an illness when you do get sick.
  • Meyr’s Cocktail: contains premium-quality compounds that help improve immunity by reducing inflammation that can otherwise suppress your immune system.
  • Jet Lag IV: contains premium-quality compounds that detoxes your system and boosts your immune system by reducing inflammation. 


Call (720) 445-5228 to book your appointment today! 

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