Hudson Valley Spas to help mom recharge

6 spots for mom's to relax and unwind

The Hudson Valley is home to many wonderful retreats, whether spiritual, spa-like, nutritional or yoga-based. Whether for just the morning or an all-day affair, local spas can recharge moms or prepare an expectant mom for their big day and beyond. 

The health benefits of a massage alone are worth the investment: improved circulation, lowered blood pressure, the release of toxins, and let’s be honest, it just plain feels good.

Here are six Hudson Valley retreat spots to consider:

Aspects Inn and Spa, Woodstock. Within walking distance of the town square, guests can enjoy an indoor saltwater pool, a state of the art Jacuzzi,and an infrared sauna says owner Sharon McGehee. Offerings also include massage, reflexology and acupuncture by licensed therapists. An added plus: her husband, a French chef, prepares gourmet lunches and dinners to order.

Bodymind Massage Therapy, New Paltz. Expectant moms can enjoy a prenatal massage while laying face down. “We have a pregnancy support system so moms in their later terms of pregnancy can lay face down which, from what I’ve heard from clients, is worth the price of admission alone,” says Helen Gutfreund, massage therapist and owner.

The goal is for woman to feel comfortable and safe with extra attention given to cushioning her in the right ways. “If you’re pregnant and getting a massage, you want to make sure the person is trained so they do not put direct pressure straight down on the shoulders or ankles or use excessive heat to raise the body temperature,” says Gutfreund. There’s a hot stone massage in the colder months for deep relaxation.

In the hot stone massage, stones are used passively and actively, some are left on the person’s body and others in the massage therapist’s hands. Swedish relaxation and medical massage increases wellness and relaxation but also circulation and joint mobility.

Crystal Connection, Wurtsboro. Here guests enjoy the BioMat which is a mattress that uses the heat and energy of healing crystals. Owner Cephora Grundman says, “We have a whole space where people can get a Reiki session which uses healing energy to remove tension inside of the body on the cellular and molecular level before the tension creates disease.”

Their offerings of various stones and gems like crystals, can be very healing whether emotionally, physically, or psychologically, explains Grundman. “The stone is a reminder of what you want in your life, and are simple supports for communicating with the universe and finding strength.”

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck.
“We offer yoga, tai chi, meditation and dance movement and we have tennis, basketball courts, a beautiful lake for swimming, kayaking and canoeing and trails for walking,” says Marta Savo, Omega’s external affairs administrative coordinator.

While you can be active, it’s a great place for rest and rejuvenation. “We have a wellness center that offers massages, body treatments, facials and nutritional counseling and most moms come for the opportunity to be in the beauty of nature, eat healthy, delicious food, take a yoga class, relax at the sauna and shop at our bookstore on campus,” Savo says. 

The health benefits are immense. “There is something for every mom. We have cooking classes, relationship workshops, art and music and you can structure your own time to do something nice for yourself,” said Savo.

One Light Healing Touch, Stormville. Guests can learn healing and beneficial techniques.  “The six sacred self-healing practices deepen your personal healing and spiritual awareness, including meditation, visualization, sound work, breath work, movement and sacred ceremony,” said Penny Lavin, associate director.

“Guests will explore the ancient art of spiritual healing and discover the skills to access, strengthen and apply the healing energies we all possess,” she says.

Garrison Institute, Garrison. For those who can just grab an hour or two, this stunning spot along the Hudson River offers spectacular views and a contemplative atmosphere. There’s a gazebo for river-gazing, and a brand new labyrinth which enhances the meditative practice. Their grounds are open to the public from dawn until dusk. Plus, it’s free.

Jamie Lober is a regular contributor to HVParent. You can reach her at