A woman changes dramatically during pregnancy: physically, emotionally, and mentally, and some of these changes are uncomfortable. Prenatal Massage uses techniques designed specifically to address pregnancy’s challenges. Several research studies suggest that pregnancy massage may help to:
Help alleviate muscle and joint pain
Improve breathing and digestion
Improve mom and baby’s health by reducing the negative impacts of stress on both
Help mom feel more at home and in touch with herself and her baby
Contribute to easier, shorter labors
And, it feels so good!
After giving birth, Postpartum Massage can help dramatically with recovery from the efforts of birthing a baby. Postpartum massage can help with:
Reducing the strain of baby care on mom’s body
Support satisfying breast feeding
Nurturing the mother. Moms who are massaged tend to more quickly and fully touch their babies in loving, nurturing ways, and that leads to a more peaceful world for us all.
Yes, massage is safe and beneficial in the first trimester! An experienced, perinatal specialist will know when to begin changing positioning for massage during this time.
Your second and third trimesters require side-lying positioning, with the occasional semi-reclined option earlier in the second trimester, and for short periods of time as therapeutically indicated throughout the rest of the pregnancy.
Your side-lying position will be VERY comfortably supported by pillows, bolsters and cushions (or side lying positioning system if desired) expertly arranged by me. I know how to create the perfect and relaxing nest needed.
Your First POSTPARTUM MASSAGE: You AND Your Baby!
DID YOU KNOW that I can accommodate you AND your baby during your first early postpartum massages? It's true! With your health providers approval, massage can happen immediately after birth. You can bring your baby and we address massage needs in either semi-recline or side-lying positions, with your baby in arms, propped safely with bolsters. I am experienced in a multitude of adaptations to make this a very relaxing and stress free post birth experience. I ask that you call me directly to discuss details of this very important appointment. Together we will choose the best time of day, as well as the amount of time for the massage (usually 90 minutes).
The UNIQUE Needs of WOMEN
Women's bodies have unique needs. In addition to the demands of mothering, a woman lives within her cycles. Her cycles are unique only to her, and how she moves about the world is influenced by this experience.
Women are most often fulfilling the role as the family care-giver. Not just with children, but with her partner, but with other family members, who may actually live in the household (such as aging parents). More than ever, women play an equal role in the work force, and coupled with care-giving, our responsibilities are many.
Women tend to put their needs last, and this is why RADICAL SELF CARE is so important. We can not be sustainable if we are giving from an empty vessel.
It is my passion to EMPOWER women to create a SELF CARE practice that fills her up. Massage is a wonderful addition to this practice. I will use my deep knowledge of women's bodies and how they manifest stress to help you relax, let go, get rid of chronic pain patterns, and encourage you to move, eat well, and do things that you love.
I can work with other health and wellness providers if you have issues with your core or pelvic floor, and be part of your healing process.
MEN need NURTURING too!
It is a common misconception that all men want an experience that is "no pain, no gain"!
Often men carry the burden of the providing for the entire family, including extended family. Our society does not celebrate the image of a man in need; instead we tend to hold men up as people who need to "tough it out" or "suck it up" when stress and pain are part of their daily lives.
It is an honor for me to extend my massage therapy experience to the men in our lives. I can help with those issues that commonly plague men, such as lower back pain, neck, and shoulder issues.
And, if you have sports related injuries or issues that need a more intense approach, I can refer you to an excellent therapist that is right for you.