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  • Prenatal Massage (with Labor Support)
  • Prenatal Yoga Therapy
  • Postpartum Recovery
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Instruction
  • Yoga-Born Childbirth Preparation Classes

A pregnant woman goes through enormous physical and emotional changes – gearing up for labor, delivery and becoming a mother. Her transition to motherhood requires support, nurturing and lots of information!

As a certified pregnancy massage therapist, prenatal yoga therapist, and mother of two girls, I combine a mother’s experience with the necessary expertise to help you from pregnancy through labor, and throughout your postpartum recovery. 

Each session is customized for you and your needs– I will consult directly with your healthcare provider if there are any special circumstances.

Different positioning and techniques are utilized in each trimester—most women love the side-lying cushioning system so much they wish they could take it home! Continuing your self-care postpartum, with regular massage and yoga, gives you the energy to embrace life with children.

Prenatal Massage

Receiving regular massage and bodywork helps relieve the unique aches and pains caused by extra weight, changing structural alignment, and hormones (not to mention the demands of work, home and family.) Massage therapy improves circulation– which means better nutrition for you and the baby, as well as decreased swelling and varicose veins. Taking the time to relax and release held tension ensures more energy and a greater sense of well-being throughout your pregnancy.

Massage also improves posture, muscle tone and flexibility, training your body for labor. As you learn to recognize and release tight muscles, you will feel better-prepared for the demands of active birthing.

 Studies have shown that regular massage in pregnancy contributes to shorter, less painful labor and can reduce labor complications, medication and interventions. When possible, I will join you in early labor to provide soothing massage, assistance and reassurance.

Prenatal Yoga Therapy

I’ll work with you throughout your pregnancy, in personalized yoga therapy sessions, to address common complaints resulting from your changing posture. Yoga can help with pain in the low back, ribs, hips and groin, as well as ligament pain from your growing uterus and the laxity in the soft tissue. We’ll work on postural alignment, stretching and strengthening, working to resolve the pain that may result from imbalances and overuse.

Postpartum Recovery

“When will I get back to normal?” A woman’s body undergoes vast changes during pregnancy and after delivery. It took 9 months to grow a baby, but birth happens in a moment. New mothers experience elation and fatigue. Lifestyle adjustments and physical healing take place gradually, and are dependent on mother’s experiences during labor. Healing and support are needed, as well as assistance with infant care and breastfeeding. In the first weeks after delivery, I will visit you at home for massage and to assist with breastfeeding technique. Eventually, a new “normal” emerges, as a new mother begins to find solid ground. Some women experience the baby blues or something more debilitating, like postpartum depression, and extra attention is needed.

I specialize in working with women after giving birth to reestablish their strength, fitness and vitality. Yoga and massage therapy provide much-needed relaxation and focus, and assist with healing of body, mind and spirit. After delivery, massage speeds up your recovery and readjustment, releasing the stress of labor, improving circulation and healing from C-section. Long-term, massage therapy enables structural realignment, abdominal restoration, and relief from the strain of caring for your child.

Personalized yoga therapy sessions put the focus back on you, so you are equipped to handle the challenges of motherhood and the unique physical demands of caring for an infant. I will help you ease back into your practice, correcting misalignments and imbalances before they become part of your post partum physiology. Yoga therapy helps to reintegrate abdominal and other core muscles, tone the pelvic floor and assist in recovery from surgery or trauma to the tissues. It’s the ideal tool for regaining strength, treating imbalances, reconnecting with body and breath, reinforcing proper alignment, and creating the focus you crave.

Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Instruction

Private instruction offers personal care for your changing body. I will identify specific yoga poses to address your needs, and work with you on your practice to explore areas of strength and weakness, flexibility and restricted mobility.

Yoga-Born Childbirth Education Classes

yogabornlogocolor-tmYoga-Born is an innovative six-class childbirth preparation series that integrates yoga with current information about labor and birth in an interactive, open-minded, fun and relaxing environment.  Yoga-Born is intended for everyone and is conducted in small intimate groups, allowing for individualized instruction as needed.  No other class gives you the benefit of a complete childbirth education course while practicing the art of yoga, breath-work and meditation in preparation for this amazing time for you and your partner.

Yoga-Born will teach you and your birth partner:

  • Tools for building strength, energy and flexibility during pregnancy using the ancient art of yoga
  • Partner yoga and massage to manage pain during labor
  • Breathing techniques, breath awareness, and relaxation strategies
  • How to create a bond between each other, and your unborn child
  • Optimal labor and birthing positions
  • Signs of early labor and the stages of labor from start to finish
  • How your body changes during pregnancy through each trimester
  • Tips for coping with and minimizing common pregnancy discomforts
  • Review of all options for pain relief during labor
  • What to expect if the unexpected happens (cesarean birth, inductions, medical interventions, etc.)

 

Contact me about bringing Yoga-Born to your community! Click here for upcoming Yoga-Born classes.


”Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow, too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his or her own individuality– especially while you struggle to keep
 your own.”­ Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons