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Prenatal and baby massage at Disney Aulani spa, Laniwai

Prenatal and baby massage at Disney Aulani spa, Laniwai

Source: Baby Center - Blogs

I’ve never been much of a spa person. When you are a mom with six kids, the opportunity to lounge around and be pampered doesn’t really present itself too much. Well, I recently had an experience that completely changed my view on all that.

Back in February, I had the pleasure of visiting Aulani, the Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. Aulani is also home to the Laniwai Spa. Laniwai means “fresh water heaven” and let me just tell you, it was definitely pretty heavenly.

When I began to write this post, I struggled with how to present my spa experience to BabyCenter readers. Yes, it was wonderful. Relaxing. More luxurious than anything I’ve ever experienced. It has probably spoiled me for any spa experience I may ever have in the future (it was that amazing). I can see you all rolling your eyes right now, well, that’s great for you but I’m pregnant and I have a toddler–a spa experience is out of the question for me.

What do you do when you’re on vacation with your family and you’d like nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful spa experience? Think it’s impossible to enjoy when you have little ones that need you every minute of the day?

Well, it isn’t. At least, not at Aulani.

I had the chance to sit down with Lucia Rodriguez-Amasio, the director of the Laniwai Spa. She told us all the about the Makana, which is a soothing water therapy for parents and their infants (age one year and under). Makana means “gift”. While one parent enjoys a massage, the other parent learns the art of infant massage by knowledgeable staff trained by a doula. Parents learn how to soothe their baby with massage–how to ease them to sleep, how to soothe upset tummies, etc.

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