I am especially sensitive to being on my back for any length of time, even when my feet are propped up. How do you normally position pregnant mamas on your table?

I have a set of very comfortable cushions used for sidelying massage during pregnancy and in the first couple days or weeks postpartum.  I usually set up the cushion system to allow for a semi-reclining position when doing labor preparation massage.
I choose not to have a pregnant mama (in her second and third trimesters) lay flat on her back, as is typical in massage outside of pregnancy, because in this position her baby and her uterus rest on the major vein and artery that circulate blood to and from her lower body.  I also believe it is best not to have a pregnant mama lay on her front side with her uterus hanging below her into a recess cut out in a massage table because of the strain that this position can put on the ligaments that hold the uterus inside her pelvis and abdominal cavity.

I really love to have my feet rubbed, but I’ve heard that it is dangerous to have a foot massage before I’m full-term because it could put me into labor.  Is this true?

Although there are acupressure points in the lower legs, ankles and feet that stimulate the uterus, having a foot massage is unlikely to cause labor to start.  The reason for this is are:

1. Acupressure is a technique that is done with intention of bringing the body into balance rather than disrupting that balance, and,

2. Any natural technique used to encourage labor is not going to bring on labor unless mama’s body and her baby are ready.

My skin is sensitive to fragrance, shea, almond and macadamia nut oils.  What type of oil or cream do you use?

I use an organic grapeseed, sunflower or safflower oil that is considered safe for mamas and babies.  Please make sure to fill in the allergies section of your intake form completely so that I can take care in using products that are safe for your skin.

What type of massage techniques do you use in your practice?

I have been trained in and use a variety of techniques in each massage I do.  Along with pregnancy and postpartum massage, some other techniques I use include swedish massage, acupressure, reflexology and tui na.  I consistently add new techniques to my repertoire and add these into my massage flow.

How soon after giving birth could I schedule a massage session?

I can provide massage as early as the first day postpartum as long as your midwife or doctor feels it is appropriate when considering your birth experience. 

Do you accept insurance?

Although I do not accept or bill insurance, I can give you a receipt to submit to your insurance for out-of-network reimbursement.

Do you provide gift certificates onsite?

You may purchase an electronic gift certificate here.  

I do not currently have physical gift certificates onsite, but may send one in greeting card in the US mail to a recipient if you do not live in the area and would prefer this option.  Please contact me for details.