Bodywork

"I believe you were able to get my labor started (at 41 weeks, 5 days) and keep it moving, which could have made a great difference in preventing interventions."

Shannon
New Mother

Nurturing the Mother

Certified by: Claire Marie Miller

"Nurturing the Mother" utilizes a comfortable, secure side-laying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping top hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation.

Prenatal Bodywork:

  • Calming strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation
  • Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back and hips, and to promote greater strength flexibility and balance
  • Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hip pain
  • Abdominal strokes for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increased circulation to the placenta and baby.
  • Increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from these strokes.
  • Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy induced edema
  • Cranial-sacral and polarity therapy for physical/psychological/emotional/spiritual centering
  • Acupressure and reflexology techniques shown to be effective in treating many common pregnancy related complaints

Research has shown prenatal bodywork:

  • Helps control blood pressure
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Directly affects the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and its consequences for mother and baby
  • Alleviates anxiety and depression
  • Strengthens muscles in preparation for labor and delivery
  • Allows for deeper breathing and a better night's sleep
  • Maintains body posture and balance
  • Reduces postpartum depression

"Shalene’s massage skills were priceless! I can still remember how good it felt as she rubbed my feet during contractions. It helped me to focus on my feet instead of my belly. One thing I found comforting was her voice...I had several prenatal massages with her during my pregnancy & became familiar with her voice & the relaxing things she would say during the massage. Hearing her say the same things in labor brought me back to that state of relaxation."

Andrea Flynn
New Mother

Fee for hour: (in my home): $60 (In your home): Travel and Set-up Fee of $15.

When you click "Book a Session", you will pay the (in my home) fee and you will receive an e-mail to schedule the session and pay the set-up fee if you want me to come to you.

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