Do you have intake forms available to complete upon arrival?

In an effort to reduce the impact of using paper forms,  Seattle Well Mama Massage recently transitioned to an online only platform for all intake forms and charting.  Completion of intake forms is best done on a computer or tablet because they are not as easy to complete with the use of a smartphone.

If you are pregnant or within 6 weeks of giving birth and have an elevated risk condition, you will be asked to have your healthcare provider complete a release form prior to your session.  

Because of this possibility, please review and complete your health history form as soon as possible after you schedule so that the provider release form can be sent to you for completion, if needed.

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?

A set of very comfortable cushions is used for sidelying massage during pregnancy and in the first couple days or weeks postpartum.  
During massage sessions, it is best for a pregnant mama (in her second and third trimesters) to avoid laying 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.  In addition, 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?

Use of organic grapeseed, sunflower or safflower oil that is considered safe for mamas and babies is used during massage sessions.  Please inform your therapist if you have sensitivities to seeds, nuts or natural scents.

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

A variety of techniques are used in each massage.  Along with pregnancy and postpartum massage, some other techniques utilized include swedish massage, acupressure, reflexology and tui na.  New techniques are consistently added to massage sessions following continued education training sessions.

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

Massage may be provided 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 insurance is not accepted at Seattle Well Mama Massage, upon request, a receipt can be provided to you to submit to your insurance for out-of-network reimbursement.

Do you provide gift certificates onsite?

You may purchase an electronic gift certificate here.  

Physical gift certificates are not currently available onsite, but one may be sent in a 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.