Birth & Beyond
I believe in cultivating the vital life force we hold within us as life givers and birth keepers. As a birth and mothers’ advocate, I offer a strong sense of support as well as my trust in and respect for the birth and menstrual process.
As a certified acupressure massage therapist and therapeutic yoga instructor, I offer my skills and insights.
As a doula, I offer childbirth preparation, labor support, and postpartum healing.
“Claim what is sacred to you and insist that your birthing traditions reflect the most intimate and holy desires of the soul.”
Prenatal and Postpartum Bodywork
HealingMama bodywork sessions harmonize the meridians and energy centers based on Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. HealingMama bodywork sessions incorporate Mayan Abdominal Massage to address physical comfort, structural alignment, optimal flow of energy, and the birthing person’s ultimate empowerment. HealingMama bodywork sessions combine all of this foundational knowledge of ancient and traditional medicine with the principles of being a birthkeeper and doula, bringing you the best quality bodywork and care.
Fertility and Reproduction Health
Mayan Abdominal Massage addresses the health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. It is known for the correction of irregular menses due to endometriosis, fibroids, birth control, prolapsed or tilted uterus, as well as its benefits for verility and fertility treatment in men & women.
Benefits for Women: Women benefit by ensuring full blood supply to the hips, abdomen, spine & sacrum. Through gentle touch, stretches, and alignment, the ligaments and joints of the pelvic bowl are benefitted and toxins are released from the surrounding organs. Nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including birth control, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery are diminished. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder function improves.
Benefits for Men: Men benefit by ensuring full blood supply to the hips, abdomen, spine & sacrum. These treatments help to prevent swelling and inflammation of the prostrate, alleviate varicose veins, premature ejaculation, impotency problems and frequent urination. In addition, digestion and lower back pain improves.
I use energy medicine to work directly with the energy of the body and relieve physical ailments and the emotional imbalances associated with them. Healing on an energetic level brings with it deep states of release, relief, and restoration of life force energy. A session may include a guided relaxation process, a healing imagery journey, a movement or yoga sequence, a bodywork session, a ritual or ceremony. It may be a combination of any or many of these modalities depending on what each person needs or feels most comfortable with.
During menstruation or during the first year postpartum I encourage the practice of belly-wrapping. An introductory session involves wrapping a long piece of fabric or a shawl around the abdomen, tucked in to fit snugly and comfortably. Ceremonially, I perform the wrapping to include wrapping sections of the body for support from head to toe, while “closing” the energy centers that feel open or loose.
Benefits of Belly Wrapping & Energy Healing:
Gentle compression supports post-birth digestion and elimination
Lessens likelihood of postpartum depression & colic
Aides the organs in returning to place
Reduces extra tissue of abdomen
Helps to stabilize mood and ease transition of not being pregnant
Aides in return of sexual interest
Deep feeling of comfort and support
“Wrapping my belling and the use of oils in my early postpartum care were a tremendous comfort and benefit for me. Wrapping stabilized my walking, helped me sleep more comfortably and supported me when I was carrying my son. I could feel the support of the wrap deep within my body.”
Becoming a Parent
The transition to parenthood is as exciting as it is challenging, physically and emotionally. The experience of birth can be a significant rite of passage, whether empowering or humbling, as well as one that can include feelings of sadness and anxiety as well as lack of postpartum support. In the long history of traditional healing therapies from around the world, the prenatal & postpartum period is a critical time for healing and caring for the mother, child, and family. The physical, mental, and emotional environments are all significant factors in health and well-being during this major life transition. Experiencing emotional distress or trauma, undergoing medical procedures, and/or the use of drugs can effect the ability to adapt and heal with ease during the first year or more with a new infant.
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I’m located at Manzanita Wellness Clinic in South Berkeley, near Ashby. 2818 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702, 510-213-0793