PRENATAL & POSTNATAL/ POSTPARTUM MASSAGE
For appointment requests within 24-48 hours, please text us at 646.494.4251.
Prenatal/ Postnatal Massage
60 minute massage : $115 members/ $125 non-members
90 minute massage: $160 members/ $180 non-members
Love Child is proud to partner with Red Moon Wellness to provide quality massage therapy and body work to all clients. Red Moon Massage Therapy is a specialized practice of highly trained and experienced massage therapists in Park Slope Brooklyn, now working with clients at Love Child Yoga in the West Village, NYC.
As Licensed Massage Therapists, we integrate a variety of bodywork techniques in order to address your individual patterns of pain, tension, or discomfort.
We have experience working with a variety of conditions including sciatic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, sprains/strains, pulled muscles, nerve pain (or "pinched nerve"), stiff neck, headaches/migraines, stress/anxiety/depression, TMJ syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, joint pain and arthritis, scoliosis, venous insufficiency and circulatory problems, and of course, all kinds of back pain.
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage FAQ
How soon can I get prenatal massage? You can get a massage any time during your pregnancy. Our therapists are especially trained to treat people at ALL STAGES of pregnancy. During the first trimester we will be extra gentle. Early pregnancy can be easy for some, but many face a lot of discomfort. Massage can ease nausea, swelling, neck and back pain, and exhaustion. We will not use heavy pressure on the abdomen, sacrum (back of hips), or put pressure on certain acupressure points on your inner ankle, webbing of your thumb, or on a particular point on the top of the shoulder during early pregnancy. While it is generally safe to be touched anywhere, we want to be extra careful.
How late can I get a prenatal massage? As late as you want massage and your doctor says it is safe! Many birth workers, such as doulas, massage their clients during labor. And while you may not want to travel during early labor, massage is absolutely safe, and can in fact help promote an easier, more comfortable labor and post-partum period. In particular, many birth workers and midwives recommend regular (weekly) massage for the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait! Receiving massage throughout your pregnancy helps with common pains, circulation, cramping, shortness of breath, fetal positioning, and much more.
Can I lay on my stomach during the massage? At Love Child, we treat pregnant people who are past 16 weeks on their sides, and/or on their backs at a 45 degree incline. Side-lying is especially beneficial because it allows the therapist to provide deep pressure (as desired) on the hips, low back, and neck, which often are uncomfortable in pregnancy. We use a specific set up of pillows and supports that creates proper alignment during pregnancy, which is difficult to achieve face-down, even with a “pregnancy table” (usually a table with a hole in the center). We can treat you on your stomach and flat on your back up to 16 weeks, but if you feel in any way uncomfortable we are happy to adjust positioning, and will never make you stay in a position that feels uncomfortable. We have guidelines that tend to be comfortable, but we always take direction from you!
I am considered a “high risk” pregnancy. Can I still receive massage? The best thing to do is to ask your doctor or midwife. Our practitioners are highly trained, and are comfortable treating people who have been assessed with high risk pregnancies as long as massage is indicated by your primary obstetrics practitioner. Massage can be very beneficial to relieve stress, help reduce symptoms of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, pelvic pain, and other common concerns.
How soon after I give birth can I receive massage? It is generally safe to receive massage any time after giving birth, however, most doctors and midwives recommend staying as close to home as possible for at least the first four-six weeks after giving birth, to allow your body time to heal. As soon as you are comfortable travelling, you can come receive massage, and many people find this very beneficial. If you are having acute pains that your primary provider says can be helped by massage, but are not able to travel, we may be able to provide a home visit depending on your location.
I had a cesarean section, can massage help? Massage by a professional as well as self-massage can make an enormous difference in healing a cesarean incision! We wait until the incision is healed (typically 6-8 weeks) before applying direct pressure, although you might find that applying vitamin E oil, calendula oil, or olive oil yourself even earlier can ease discomfort. It is also NEVER TOO LATE to start treating a cesarean incision scar! We have had success treating scars as long as 40 years after the incision, with massage making a significant difference, especially with the addition of home self-care.
Can I bring my baby to the massage? Being separated from your baby, especially early on, can be difficult, and sometimes impossible. We support all parents, and are happy to treat you with your baby up to three months old. It is easiest to treat parents with breastfeeding babies who are not yet crawling, as the baby tends to breastfeed a bit during the massage. However, parents in all situations are more than welcome, and we are happy to help in any way we can to make you and your baby the most comfortable. We often treat you side-lying with the baby next to you, or we can treat you inclined on your back with the baby resting on your chest. Some babies even sleep in a carrier or a stroller the whole time.
RED MOON WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS
LENA DEGLOMA. - Founder of Red Moon Wellness, M.S. - is an expert practitioner and instructor of therapeutic massage with over a decade of experience. She specializes in prenatal, postnatal and labor support massage as well as therapeutic deep tissue (myofascial and trigger point) therapy for chronic pain, tension, and injuries for people of all genders. She takes a whole person approach with her clients and regularly integrates herbal medicine, essential oils, hydrotherapy and cupping therapy (fire cupping) into her work. Lena's integrative whole-person approach to inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions is illustrated in her case study that was published in the Spring 2018 edition of the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild titled "The Link between Gut and Autoimmunity: Treatment of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Colitis with "Weeding and Feeding" Approach." She is currently a part-time faculty member at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in Manhattan where she teaches courses on herbal therapuetics for the musculoskeletal system and female reproductive health. She has also supervised student massage clinics, taught massage courses and written prenatal massage curriculum at two different professional massage therapy training programs in NY.
JACQUELINE DONOHUE is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of Swedish Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since 2006, she has worked alongside physical therapist, midwives, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other holistic health care providers, in clinical settings as well as spas and wellness centers. Jacqueline holds certifications in pre and postnatal massage and in cranialsacral therapy. Her many years of practical experience, detailed understanding of the musculoskeletal system and highly intuitive nature, allow her to implement individualized, effective therapeutic sessions for wide variety of clients. Jacqueline is an approachable, empathetic listener, always giving careful consideration to the needs, and concerns of her clients as she crafts their treatment plans. While each session is unique, it is her intent to facilitate a greater sense of self awareness and deeper understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection with each person she has the privilege of working with. Jacqueline is a mom of two and a native Brooklynite. In her free time she performs improv and is a live music enthusiast.
MARY DUGGAN has always been interested in anatomy and physiology. She graduated from Fordham University with a degree in art history, but it wasn’t long before she was studying massage therapy at the Swedish Institute. She received her New York State Massage Therapy license in 2004 and was certified in pre/post natal massage in 2005. She immediately began working with a prenatal massage business where she was mentored by the owner who was pregnant and needed someone to take over for her during maternity leave. Over the years Mary gained valuable experience working at Pratima Ayurvedic Spa, the Greenwich Hotel’s Shibui Spa, and now Red Moon Wellness. In addition to massage Mary is a certified Ayurvedic Wellness counselor and has completed two 200 hour yoga teacher trainings, all of which contribute to her unique massage style.
ALEXANDRA VALERIO is a NYS licensed massage therapist. She graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is also certified MaMassage® prenatal/postpartum massage therapist. She is known for her vibrant energy and her firm relaxing touch. Through “listening” to her client’s body and thoughtful communication, she has a collaborative approach of reaching the therapeutic goals of her clients. Her passion for working with new parents and parents-to-be keeps her day's schedule very busy at Love Child.