Nurturing the Mother    

Certified by: Claire Marie Miller

"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."- New Mother

"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:

Image by: Laura Swift Photography

Image by: Laura Swift Photography

  • 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 band 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

Postpartum Bodywork:

Bodywork in the postpartum period helps bring the body into it’s pre-pregnancy alignment. Bodywork within the first week of postpartum feels wonderful. It flushes lactic acid out of the tissues relieving sore and achy muscles.

  • It supports and enhances the realigning process, with a focus on the pelvis and ribs
  • Assists breast feeding, alleviating tightness, helps with some breastfeeding difficulties
  • Aids in the process of the uterus returning to its normal size
  • Release shoulder, neck, and arm tension from the care and feeding of an infant
  • Helps relieve tension from the birth process
  • Helps the mother regain vital energy to help reduce fatigue
  • Supports fluid balancing
  • Encourages pelvic and abdominal organs to return to the pre-pregnant positions


*Doula clients: fee included in package.

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed massage therapist. I am certified to provide bodywork to my Doula clients prenatally and postpartum and have liability insurance to provide bodywork as a Doula.