An intimate sanctuary nestled east of the Cooper River seeks to do more than knead sore muscles, polish fingernails or hydrate the driest of skins. The endeavor by MoM Spa owner Christy Croffead Schachte aspires to heal, mend and nurture a woman’s inner spirit.
The day spa’s mission solidifies its purpose by offering up to 60 different types of spa services performed by eight specialists. Pregnant or not pregnant, children in tow or childless, the quietude of soothing music that plays in the background – perhaps classical Jazz, a Norah Jones or David Gray tune – points out to clients to unwind, take a deep breath, and relax.
“We are a spa that cherishes the sacredness of a woman no matter how young or old or the life stage she is at,” explains Schachte, whose dream to create a wellness center for women unfolded when she was pregnant with her first child. While working as a massage therapist at Kiawah, Schachte kept hearing the same message from her massage clients – they wanted to talk about the fact were having a difficult time conceiving. Knowing how massage benefits and heals the body and furthering her education in fertility massage, Schachte set her sights on specializing in pre- and postnatal needs.
Her mantra, “You’re a woman, you can conceive,” coupled with a unique pre-conception massage begins the process of opening the mind and body to clear, balance and restore energy in order to conceive a child. Suggestions for diet, yoga, herbs and partner suggestions are also given to increase chances of conception. MoM Spa’s success rate? The day spa celebrates 10 successful pregnancies and is the only day spa in the Charleston area offering fertility massage.
Rounding out MoM Spa’s specialties are the Princess and the Pea-Natal, designed to help relieve and nurture a woman during all trimesters, and the Post-Birthing Way, which draws from other cultural traditions where women are frequently massaged after labor to support her. As a result, the effects of postpartum depression seldom exist.
Even a Buddha Belly therapeutic service can help further support the challenges each pregnant woman faces: stretch marks and dry skin. After 20 weeks of a non-risk pregnancy, this treatment offers a calming cleanser, chemical-free exfoliant, hydrating masque and shea butter belly massage. Completing the treatment is an Emu oil application, which is a topical oil known for its valuable lubricating properties.
From pampering to invigorating to healing, MoM Spa services run the gamut. Massage work such as Runner’s Relief gives athletic women the chance to soothe tired legs and feet with deep tissue massage and specific stretches. The Crowning Chakra focuses massaging the scalp, face, neck and mind by drizzling warm oil on the head, thereby easing sinus pressure and migraine tension. At least six body wraps are available and run a full hour and includes a stimulating body brush followed by a face and scalp massage and revitalizing shower. These wraps – whether the treatment is for anti-aging, anti-cellulite or relief from heat flashes – are all followed by a moisturizing application.
Popular facial treatment “The Japanese Facelift Massage” is 75 minutes long and employs techniques learned directly from the principal of The Shiatsu School in Singapore, Terry Liew. In addition to cleansing, exfoliation, a masque, and foot therapy, clients receive a detoxifying lymphatic manual drainage massage that improves sagging skin and wrinkles without invasive surgery.
Schachte, who has been working as a massage therapist for seven years, personally selects all the products for MoMSpa, noting they are high-end natural products. Being “green” is top of the list, too, as employees use glasses that they wash and reuse rather than throw away a paper cup. Schachte does all the laundry at home.
“We are absolutely conscious of our clients and our environment,” explains Schachte. “The most hypoallergenic natural product is grapeseed, which we use, along with coconut, sweet almond, and shea, which are good carrier oils.”
Another favorite are the unscented tea lights that flicker in each room, honoring those women who appreciate the glow but are sensitive to smells. Women seeking fragrance can select from services such as the Aromassage that uses essential oils to uplift or calm for as little as 30 minutes to as long as 90 minutes. Clients may arrive as early and stay as late as they need, drink organic teas and nibble on chocolate morsels to perfect their day.
The signs of the lackluster economy show no effects on MoM Spa. In fact, prices remain unchanged since opening its doors in 2007. Schachte credits her mother, the late Patti Crosby Croffead, for giving her sage advice that has made MoM Spa successful and a growing business.
“Mom always said ‘You are who your tribe is,’ and to stay fresh and learn,” Shachte expresses. Noting her team’s passion to making MoM Spa a place that can cater to a woman’s varying needs, Schachte believes she has chosen well. At the core of her business is her team’s devotion, which will enable her to give back, something Schachte says is the underlying vision of MoM Spa. By honoring her mother in opening the business almost two years ago, and building it to add to her family’s legacy, Schachte’s determination to give back will flow further to the community.
“One idea is to have a Donation Day where our team may partner with other spas to go out in to the community and offer our services where they are needed,” adds Schachte. Currently, MoM Spa has teamed up with Stroller Strides to create MoM Strides, a group of women who meet and support each other on a monthly basis to walk or run the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.
Causes Christy Heady Supports
American Diabetes Association
Race for the Cure
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society