As a maternity massage specialist, my focus and expertise is prenatal, postpartum, fertility massage, and massage during labor (along with massage doula services). I encourage you to experience the healing benefits of massage and incorporate bodywork into your wellness routine.
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Reproductive/ Fertility Wellness
FREE Initial Consultation available for anyone interested in this service, and will determine the best schedule for your individual goals.
Fertility Massage, also known as Reproductive or Infertility massage, is specialized massage therapy that aims create a healthy environment within the body to hopefully achieve the goals of pregnancy, or to bring balance to the female reproductive system.
*Even if pregnancy is not your goal, other conditions that may improve with fertility massage include:
Initial Package: $800
What can I Expect during Fertility Massage
Fertility massage is both relaxing and therapeutic. It involves a combination of techniques, including: deep abdominal massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupressure, and myofascial release/pelvic rocking. This is done as a series of massages during each cycle (depending on if you are actively trying to conceive or not), with most sessions lasting at least 60 minutes.
We will begin each session a castor oil pack heated with stones or heat pack applied to the abdomen for 30 minutes, during which you'll receive system specific Reflexology and Acupressure, as well as a relaxing face and scalp massage. After the castor oil pack is removed, the manual techniques are applied specifically to abdomen, addressing the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, as well as the stomach, liver, pancreas, and intestines.
When Fertility Massage Should Be Avoided
Fertility massage is beneficial anytime. However if you are actively trying to conceive, we will try to avoid massage after ovulation. We will also try avoid massage during actual menses if you do not become pregnant. In the event you do become pregnant, it is not recommended to receive any deep abdominal work during the first trimester, we will stick to light massage. Again, double-checking with your doctor first before receiving massage can be helpful.
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Massage for Prenatal Comfort
A wonderful pampering and therapeutic experience for mom-to-be. Each trimester bring its own issues, which can be helped with massage therapy, but throughout the whole pregnancy, benefits include:
When Massage Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy
Most normal low-risk pregnancies can receive massage with no problem. However if the pregnancy is high-risk or conditions such as pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, DVT, or severe edema are present, massage may not be advised. Women with any of these conditions will need a doctor's authorization before proceeding with massage, and even if none of the conditions exist, it is still a good idea to double-check with your doctor first.
Ultimate Prenatal Comfort Series: $910
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Massage to Induce/Facilitate Labor?
For massage to facilitate labor, I use a combination of relaxation, acupressure, aromatherapy and reflexology to hopefully help move labor along in the right direction. This massage can be started as soon as your provider deems it safe to begin other natural methods to induce labor, usually AFTER 39 weeks, although I recommend waiting the full 40 weeks prior to pursuing this massage.
Please note, the effectiveness of massage for induction depends on several factors, so results can vary person to person and even pregnancy to pregnancy for the same person.
Massage during Labor
Massage during labor can be used to get you to relax both mentally and physically. During labor, tense muscles can cause excessively painful contractions. Massage techniques help to relax muscles, decreasing the sensation of pain.
Labor massage support provides physical comfort with hands-on massage techniques, suggesting position changes, hot and cold packs and use of aromatherapy to relieve pain and relax the body. Having a full-body relaxation massage in early labor is a great way to start labor and promote a release of oxytocin and endorphins into the body. During the active and late phases of labor when the sensations are most intense, I focus on bringing you back to a state of relaxation between contractions and can work as part of your birth team to help you cope with labor. Also, if you choose to only have a couple hours of massage during labor and not my full doula support service, I can go over techniques your partner can do after my departure as well.
Read this study on Massage during Pregnancy and Labor.
"Labor Facilitation" Massage
**This is offered AFTER 39 weeks and included in the Ultimate Prenatal Comfort Package.**
Labor Massage (for non-Doula clients)
**Contact me as soon as possible during early labor for availability
**These options are not available for online purchase, but may be available as add-on to any of the massage packages.
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Massage In the 4th Trimester
*For cesarean birth, it is recommended to wait approx 6 weeks after surgery to receive bodywork.
This massage is great for new moms during the weeks after delivery. It helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the pelvis. Massage therapy during the postpartum period can also promote bonding between mother and baby, as well as reduce symptoms of postpartum depression. Your little one is more than welcome to be on the massage table with you.
When to receive postpartum massage
For mothers who delivered vaginally, you are able to receive postpartum massage as soon after you deliver your baby, as you are comfortable. Most women receive a postpartum massage within the first week or two after delivery.
With cesarean birth, like most surgeries, it is best to wait 6 weeks before receiving bodywork. With clearance from your surgeon we may be able to perform a postpartum massage no earlier than four weeks post cesarean.
Your baby and Breastfeeding
It is recommended that you breastfeed or pump right before your massage to enhance your comfort and relaxation if planning to lay face down. If your newborn is fussy or would like to nurse while you are on the massage table, we can continue the massage in a side-lying position, allowing you to nurse or comfort your child.
Postpartum Recovery Series: $910
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While receiving a pregnancy massage, you are positioned on your side using bolsters and/or pillows to allow access to your back. Then you are positioned in a semi-reclined position so you can receive work on your belly and anything else that you would normally have massaged if lying flat. No matter the position, you will always remain properly draped except for the area being massaged.
Positioning During Postpartum Massage
You can lie on your belly again! However, some women still may find it difficult to lay face down on the massage table due to the increased size of their breasts. In this case, we provide extra support cushioning under your chest to allow mothers to find lying face down to be a comfortable position to receive a postnatal massage. If that’s not comfortable for you, we can also use a side-lying position with pillows, which is also great for those healing from a cesarean birth and allowing baby on the table with you if it's time for feeding.
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Investment: $450 when paid in full or $80/mo