It's one last hurrah before diaper duty and sleepless nights! The Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont, has created a "Babymoon" package for expectant parents. The unique element is that it includes fathers-to be, who are often excluded from prenatal pampering.
The package, which includes extras like a romantic dinner each evening, complimentary champagne and chocolates, and massage oil and candles, entices the couple to spend some focused time together. The best part, of course, is the 50-minute spa treatment targeted to each parent.
"We have several treatments for men and women, and pregnancy massage and the 80-minute Vermont Wood Spice Treatment for Men are very popular," says Paula Upton, spa director. The services are performed in a beautifully decorated couples' treatment room with a crackling fireplace, where the pair can relax before the service. They can also sample aromatherapy oils and select the scents they want for their treatments.
"We perform their services side by side so the man feels included in the whole process," explains Upton. "We make a special effort to reach out to the man, and discover the things that he really enjoys."
As a bonus, after the dual treatments the therapist shows the husband how to massage his wife, so he can help ease the aches that come with the third trimester. "That keeps them connected and makes the experience more intimate," says Upton. And when clients are happy, the Topnotch staff is happy: "We love to share in their excitement. It just shines from the moment they walk into our spa."
the topnotch resort and spa's pregnancy massage
"Topnotch performs this 25-, 50- or 80-minute service on a traditional massage bed, using custom-made pillows to support a pregnant woman's body," says Margo Loeffler, assistant massage manager. "All therapists are specially trained in pregnancy massage, and focus on areas like the lower back and shoulders. It is important to be cautious of ligaments that may want to overstretch at this time, and to make sure circulation is never compromised. Since pregnant women are often sensitive to scent, we use natural, hypoallergenic oils like grapeseed, which are subtle and deemed safe."
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wood spice treatment for men
The element that sets this treatment apart is the Wood Spice oil. It's made locally for the spa and comes in a jug. The base is a mixture of grapeseed and sweet almond oil. Before use, therapists strain out the pine needles, which evoke the scent of the Vermont mountains.
1. Perform full body scrub with a loofah, hot water and homemade Wood Spice soap.
2. Wrap the body in hot linens that have been soaked in Wood Spice herbs.
3. Perform head and neck massage, then remove wrap.
4. Finish with a 25-minute massage with Wood Spice oil.