Hands on healthcare, postpartum planning & coaching through motherhood is my primary focus.
I specialize in mothers whose lifestyle demands that they have a swift recovery, without sacrificing the incredible experience of deep-healing and intimate bonding this sacred time embodies. Through a blend of the most effective eastern and western postpartum recovery practices, I guide mothers through their physical and emotional recovery reducing their healing time – allowing them to be fully present to meet the needs of their newborn and move forward with their own desires & dreams.
I have 16 years of experience in pregnancy healthcare & specialized training in culturally responsive & trauma informed mother care. Including safe massage, client education, and therapeutic techniques from multiple modalities to provide a thorough treatment at each session. As a mom who personally experienced postpartum depression, this work is very close to my heart & have chosen to dedicate my practice to women.
Your Plan For Pregnancy & Recovery
Revive, Reclaim, Restore -Traditional Healing
The #1 complication from pregnancy is recovery.
1 in 5 new mothers experience Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD).
American women believe their recovery begins after the six-week, post-birth, check-up; and the American medical system fails to offer any instruction for physical, emotional, or mental recovery. Traditional exercise and dieting are not appropriate for post-baby recovery which includes the unique conditions of a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. This leads to a “Mind-Body – Disconnect” when a new Mother tries to function ‘normally’ or as she did prior to pregnancy, but finds that she is struggling to manage taking care of her career and newborn; on top of usual familial and household activities. Eventually, the experience is that her body seemingly is not cooperating with her mind, causing great stress.
OPTIMIZING MATERNITY LEAVE
A SUCCESSFUL MATERNITY LEAVE IS SUPPORTED BY A POST-PREGNANCY WELLNESS PROGRAM
Each of my clients is provided with the information to develop a comprehensive Post-Pregnancy Rest and Recovery Plan as a method to reduce the estimated Employee Turnover rate is close to 50% of new Mothers who resign during the first year of returning from Maternity Leave. Preparing for maternity leave or anticipating the impact of your reduced capacity is essential if you are self employed.
I guide each of my clients through her unique postnatal recovery plan which, includes evidence-based practices encompassing new Mother’s nutrition, diet personal care, body care, gentle exercises, and mental health needs. This fosters holistic, systematic, and progressive healing.
“As a first time mum, I highly recommend Kristen. Treat yourself to her excellent prenatal and postnatal massages and coaching. We all need to look after ourselves to give our children our best. This is probably the best thing you can do for yourself. Kristen is professional, easy going and caring. Book now, you won’t regret it.” ~ Nabeela M.
Green Eco-Friendly Care Sets
I provide recommendations for after birth products and services that are good for a newborn mom’s body, her baby and the planet.
During the first 6-weeks – 90%, of the serious healing takes place. All my postnatal healing programs support this process.
HSA FUNDS Accepted
4th – Trimester Recovery Plan
Don’t yet understand the 4th – Trimester or how you can help your body heal after pregnancy? Not a problem. I do!
PREGNANCY MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:
- Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
- Decrease nausea and improve sleep
- Improve immune system function
- Decrease strain on joints and muscles
- Increase sense of well-being and reduce stress and fears surrounding birth
- Reduce swelling, muscle spasms and soft tissue pain
- Decrease obstetrical complications
- Improve birth outcomes and bonding
- Improve lactation and balance hormones
- Connect mother and baby with abdominal massage
MASSAGE FOR LABOR PREPARATION
- Decrease emotional tension that delays labor
- Release muscles and space vital to the birthing process
- Increase trust in your own body wisdom
- Decrease fear surrounding labor and birth
POSTPARTUM: HEAL, RECOVER, AND BOND…
Postpartum is an important time of physical healing from labor/birth and bonding between the new family. The postpartum body goes through a myriad of changes as it shifts to its new non-pregnant self. With these changes, new postural compensation patterns may form from feeding, carrying and holding baby, lack of sleep, and possible stress. Massage can be extremely helpful during the postpartum period! During postpartum sessions, baby is always welcome to be on or near the table for comfort or feeding.
MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:
- Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improve sleep
- Reduce aches and stress from pregnancy and labor
- Decrease and prevent pain/discomfort from parenting a newborn
- Provide emotional support through nurturing touch
- Facilitates return to pre-pregnant posture
- Improve lactation
- Aid in restoring abdominal and perineal muscles to proper function
- Assist in re-balancing the pelvis
The “postpartum period” technically ends one year after the birth of your baby. The physical and emotional stresses of motherhood/parenthood, however, may last much longer. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, your child continues to have an impact on your body and your psychosomatic experience in life. Massage is a great wellness tool to replenish your energy reserves so that you have more capacity for your child(ren) and YOURSELF.