Loving Touch Massage for Mothering

One of my specialties, and greatest joys, is working with women during all aspects of motherhood.

I use a wide range of therapeutic massage techniques, as well as breathwork and somatic education. But as important, our work is shaped by your changing needs. I believe that you are the expert on your body. Amidst the onslaught of examinations, the demands of doctors, and the unsolicited advice of strangers, our work maintains your own sense of self.

Together, our sessions can help with the myriad difficulties that emerge at each stage of pregnancy.

The following is just a partial list of how our work together can change these forty weeks During pregnancy, our work can:

    Reduce stress, promote relaxation, and facilitate the transitions of this time.
    Reduce musculoskeletal difficulties, including lower back and hip pain, sciatic pain, joint strain, aching feet and hands, carpal tunnel pain, and overall tension.
    Reduce fluid retention and blood pressure; relieve varicose veins; and increase the beneficial circulation of blood and lymph.
    Facilitate the crucial shifts in your hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal and other physiological processes.
    Help develop the kinesthetic awareness that can help you actively participate in your birth.
    Foster your own loving touch for your baby-to-be.

We can begin as soon as you are ready: with a few modifications and a lot of care, we can safely work together from the beginning of the first trimester until labor. As your belly grows, we use a variety of pillows and bolsters to find a natural state of ease, lying on your side or on your back at a comfortable angle. Clients often tell me that our sessions are the most comfortable moments of their pregnancy.

During our work, we figure out new ways you can walk and stand and rest in your shifting body. We experiment with patterns of breathing that can ease both the burdens of pregnancy and the pains of labor. Throughout, I aim to nurture your body and mind, to incubate your own wellbeing as you incubate a new life.

After birth, everyone's focus shifts to that beautiful baby, but the new mom needs care just as much. Our work helps you to cope with the unprecedented demands of sustaining another human being. Though it is easy to forget about your own body altogether, we have an alternative: the means to restore the integrity of your physical and mental and emotional being. Our work enables you to care for your new body as you care for your new baby.