PRENATAL & POSTNATAL/ POSTPARTUM MASSAGE
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.
For appointment requests within 24-48 hours, please text us at 646.494.4251.
IN STUDIO MASSAGE (60 MIN) : Love Child Members $115 . Non-Members $125
IN STUDIO MASSAGE (90 MIN) : Love Child Members $160 . Non-Members $180
Love Child is proud to partner with Red Moon Wellness, a specialized practice of highly trained and experienced Massage Therapists, providing quality massage therapy and body work to all clients. Red Moon Wellness practitioners integrate a variety of bodywork techniques in order to address your individual patterns of pain, tension, or discomfort and 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 various kinds of back pain.
RED MOON PRACTITIONERS
Lena DeGloma, 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. Before moving Red Moon Wellness to Park Slope in 2009, she and her husband lived in Ithaca, NY, where she originally founded Red Moon 11 years ago.
Mary Duggan 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 became licensed in New York State in 2004 and received her pre and postnatal massage certification in 2005. Immediately upon being certified in perinatal massage, Mary accepted a job working exclusively with pre/postnatal clients and was mentored by the owner of the business who was pregnant at the time. Mary has gone on to study yoga and Ayurveda, diet and nutrition. Over the years she has gained valuable experience working in NYC and the Hamptons at wonderful spas such as the Greenwich Hotel’s Shibui Spa and doing home visits or even hospital visits for clients on bed rest.
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.
Cindy Samantha, MA, LMT, graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2014 and is a NYS licensed LMT, with certifications in THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY® , breast massage, pre-natal massage, cranio-sacral therapy for adults and adolescents, and visceral manipulation. Cindy also has a background in herbal practices. Cindy is passionate about treating people at all stages of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum, including but not limited to: conception preparation and fertility, fibroids, PCOS, and endometriosis; pre-natal concerns such as pelvic pain, SPD, leg pain, labor prep, and respiration; and postpartum clients working with mastitis and breast edema, diastasis recti, cesarean healing, and epidural injection site pain. Cindy is also experienced in supporting people through pregnancy loss and termination with bodywork and flower essences. Outside of pregnancy and postpartum specific work, Cindy specializes in working on scar tissue, digestive challenges, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, jaw pain, and back/hip/leg pain. Cindy loves treating people all across the gender spectrum, and is especially passionate about supporting LGBTQI, GNC and non-binary folks in fertility, gender affirmation, post-op care, and general well-being.
Brandi Ryans infuses a western based massage practice with the ancient healing approach of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. She tailors each session to her clients’ unique needs, employing the restorative power of essential oils to balance the mind and body. Her multifaceted approach to healing works to remove doubt and fear from the physical and spiritual self and opens the channels in the body to compassion, forgiveness and love. Brandi is also a prenatal and vinyasa yoga teacher and teaches workshops and teacher trainings infusing essential oils with yin yoga.
Tara Chase is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Science. She began her practice with a deep focus on how massage can impact the pregnant body and childbearing cycle and was certified for pre/postnatal massage with home birth midwife and educator Susanrachel Condon. She has also completed continuing education in osteopathic deep tissue and myofascial techniques, and brings a blend of approaches to each session in order to address injury treatment and prevention, postural deviation, chronic pain management and other aspects of mental and physical wellbeing. Tara has a compassionate and intuitive approach to bodywork and an affinity for science and research. She believes that massage can be a powerful tool in supporting each individual’s relationship to their own healing and wellness. Away from the studio, you can find Tara chasing after her own young children and fostering community support for area families, because it truly does take a village.