Maternity Massage~Pregnancy, Labor, Postpartum
Category: Health / Fitness
While honoring the mother-to-be, this specialized massage helps develop sensory awareness and relaxation necessary for the birth experience and this sacred time. Pregnancy massage can alleviate stress on weight bearing joints and increase blood and lymph flow, reducing edema. My intent is to create sacred space and bring balance, comfort and total relaxation to the body, mind and spirit for all stages of pregnancy. I individualize each session to address the needs of the expectant mother in the present moment, emphasizing the connection between mother and baby. I use special pillows and bolsters for maximum comfort and release.
Massage during labor helps reduce anxiety, relieves muscle tension and other soft-tissue discomforts. This massage provides relaxation which can lead to a shorter, less painful birth experience. My supportive touch during labor helps diminish pain and may eliminate the need for medical intervention and medication. I also offer labor massage instruction to prepare and empower partners and other loved ones to offer nurturing touch to the mother in labor.
Postpartum massage focuses on the restoration and structural alignment of organs, muscles and tissues. This is an opportunity to gently return the body to its pre-pregnancy state, to alleviate pain, and to bring about a renewed sense of body and self. Specifically, my approach restores functional muscles used in the lumbar spine area and strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles stretched during pregnancy. After childbirth, many womyn have an intrinsic need to recount the details of their birthing experience. My massage may help release any emotional or psychosomatic experiences that she may have encountered during her pregnancy, labor or birth, easing the journey into motherhood. Postpartum massage can promote recovery from cesarean birth, including healing of an incision.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Licensed Massage Practitioner
Years Experience: 2