Benefits of postpartum massage in your 4th trimester

You’ve had your baby, have been sent home with a fresh newborn, a peri bottle, some stretchy underwear and if you’re lucky maybe a couple pamphlets on breastfeeding. Welcome to the American medical system where a knee surgery patient gets more post-op care than a mom who has just delivered a baby or someone who had a cesarean…

3rd Trimester Labor Prep Massage

Simultaneously the longest and shortest three months of the pregnancy. the third trimester is accompanied by all sorts of fun (and not so fun) symptoms and experiences. Most people’s babies are very active by now! Lots of babies will respond to outside stimuli like music or their parents’ voices or even light and dark contrasts! The pregnancy is undeniable and most likely your belly will have “popped out” by now….

2nd Trimester Prenatal Massage

This is where I see most people for massage. by now, your baby’s hormones are produced by the placenta , people report having a boost of energy and the first trimester nausea is typically gone if not reduced greatly. Most people also find that body discomforts start to set in. Your baby is rapidly growing and with the relaxin in your joints (super helpful during labor) you might find yourself more achy and any pre-existing imbalances in your body will rear their heads.

Benefits of 1st Trimester Prenatal Massage

The first trimester of pregnancy is classically associated with nausea, food aversions, and stress as well as intense emotions and lots of hormonal changes. A massage is usually the last thing on a pregnant person’s mind! I mostly thought about getting through each day and ending it with some cheesy mashed potatoes (one of the only things I could stomach) but, massage can actually be a really useful tool from conception on.

Birth Un-plan: Changing the Language Around Birth Preparation

The birth plan I remember when the nurse I was working with sat down and asked me if I had thought about making a birth plan. I think I was four months pregnant at the time. I really hadn’t but thought it would be a good idea to educate myself on my options for choice...

Why should I see you vs. a massage therapist at my chiropractor or local spa?

While other massage places might be more economical, most massage therapists are barely trained to work with pregnant and postpartum people. Their training in massage school is extremely minimal and therapists who only receive school exposure to perinatal massage are...

Do I need to wait until I’m not leaking breastmilk or having postpartum/menstrual bleeding to come in?

Please come as you are! Immediately up to 16 weeks postpartum is when massage is most beneficial for mind and body. Come in your mesh underwear with leaky breasts. It won’t phase me and I have all the sheets and towels you need to keep things sanitary. If you had a...

Can massage induce labor?

There are so many pregnancy and massage myths! I have also heard that some massage therapists won’t work on pregnant people’s feet for fear of inducing labor! The only time I won't work on an area of the body (aside from someone not wanting massage on that area) is...

Can I get a massage in the first trimester?!

Yes, you can! There is no evidence linking massage to miscarriage. I work with people that are intentionally trying to conceive, don’t know they’re pregnant yet and at every stage of pregnancy. The biggest reason I hear for people not coming in in the first trimester...

Do I have to receive abdominal massage?

The short answer is no. You do not have to receive a massage on any part of your body you are not comfortable with. In my intake forms I have clients check a box for each area of the body they are wanting massage in. At each appointment extra written informed consent...
Do you have the pillow for face down prenatal massage?

Do you have the pillow for face down prenatal massage?

I actually do prenatal massage in a combination of side-lying and/or semi-reclined positioning. If you are getting a chiropractic adjustment or briefly lying down then being on your pregnant stomach doesn’t pose a risk BUT if you are in one of...

How soon after delivery can I get a postpartum massage?

How soon after delivery can I get a postpartum massage?

Healthy touch releases oxytocin and lowers your stress hormones; enhancing mood and promoting baby bonding. There’s no bad time for that! I have supported people as soon as the day after giving birth!  If someone has had a cesarean they might not...

Do I have to be pregnant or postpartum to come receive a massage?

Do I have to be pregnant or postpartum to come receive a massage?

Definitely not! Massage can be such a vital part of your preventative wellness plan and everyone can benefit. Whether you had a baby 5 years ago, are not planning on having children, are a local provider, or just want a dang break from life, I’m...

Payment Plans & Insurance

Payment Plans & Insurance

If you’re looking for prenatal/postpartum or wellness massage sessions, then payment is due at time of service. If however, you added massage onto a postpartum doula package, then that would be worked in to that payment plan. For postpartum doula...

Massage therapist, postpartum doula and mom to a resilient, animated, and busy toddler boy. Fan of podcasts, to-do lists, and driven by deadlines, I’m a lover of deep conversations and going beneath the surface into the things that make us human.

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