Pregnancy puts unique strains on the body, as does caring for and feeding a
baby. These strains often go ignored or neglected, as we bustle about, first
preparing for our new arrival, then as we care for our children. Pregnant women often
experience low back pain, sciatica and foot swelling. Massage can help. While
nursing or carrying around a newborn, your shoulders may round forward, causing
neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. Too often we neglect ourselves in a sacrifice
to our growing families, but you need and deserve to take care of yourself and it
can help you support your family better. A win for everyone!
I know that it can be very hard with a new child to make the time for yourself, or even get out of the house, which is why I decided to create my practice around you, coming to your home to decrease the barriers to your self-care. For your appointment, I bring all of the necessary equipment, linens, etc., so all you have to do is lend me some floor space for a massage table.
Whether you’ve had an injury, or are “just” suffering from the strains of growing or caring for a new person, it is hard to be our best selves when we are in pain, and we can withdraw from the people and activities that we love. Massage has long been recognized for its ability to aid in pain reduction, and ongoing research shows the benefits massage can have for the body and the mind. I believe that feeling good has great healing power, and I work with each of my clients to make them comfortable: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Owner (MA 60496651)
I create unique massage plans tailored to each client’s needs, often incorporating trigger/tender point therapies, myofascial release, injury treatment, and postural alignment. I like to think of my massage work as an artistic application of scientific knowledge to the body, helping the body’s own systems restore balance and improve function. Since graduating from DiscoveryPoint School of Massage in Seattle, I’ve had great success helping clients who are dealing with pain, headaches, and postural dysfunction. I have done extensive specialized training in prenatal massage, and hold a certification in MotherTouch™ prenatal massage. I’ve worked with pregnant clients for years, addressing both acute injuries and chronic aches and pains.
In addition to running Motherhood Massage, I volunteer in global health and disaster relief, and raise my toddler.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
○ Decreases nausea and improves sleep
○ Increases sense of wellbeing and groundedness
○ Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression
○ Reduces swelling, muscle spasms, and headaches
○ Decreases strain on joints and muscles caused by extra weight gain of pregnancy, resulting in less leg, back, and shoulder pain
○ Helps balance hormones
○ Decrease in premature delivery and obstetrical complications
○ Improves lactation and ability to provide loving touch to your baby when s/he arrives
○ Supports labor by associating touch with relaxation, which facilitates natural relaxation with touch during birth
Benefits of Post-partum Massage
○ Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression
○ Reduces aches and stress accumulated during pregnancy and labor
○ Decreases tension associated with nursing and other mothering activities
○ Facilitates return to pre-pregnant physiology and posture
○ Assists restoring full function to abdominal/perineal muscles
○ Helps increasing release of endorphins, rebalancing hormones, and increasing blood flow
○ Serves as a reminder of your value and need for nurturing
○ Encourages transfer of meaningful touch to your baby, which can aid development
Do you bring a massage table to my house?
Yes, I bring a massage table, special support pillows, sheets, and everything else I need for your massage. All you need to provide is space for me to set up the table. To avoid injury to myself from working in awkward positions, I cannot provide massage to you if you do not have space for my table and room to move around it. If you are on bed rest, accommodations may be possible; please call me to discuss your situation.
I’m worried about receiving massage while I’m pregnant. I’ve heard that foot massage can trigger labor or even miscarriage. Is this true?
No. There are acupressure points in the foot that can stimulate the uterus, but massage and acupressure work differently. Massage will not stimulate these points in the same way. Even acupressure of these areas supports the mother and baby in labor only when they are ready. There is no documented evidence of foot massage causing miscarriage or preterm labor.
Do you have specialized training to work with pregnant clients?
Yes. I am certified in MotherTouch™ prenatal massage, meaning I’ve taken extensive continuing education focused on massage techniques for pregnancy and how to adapt massage based on various complications or conditions that may arise in pregnancy. My mentor, MotherTouch founder Leslie Stager, was a labor and delivery nurse prior to becoming a massage therapist, and ensures that her students are able to safely provide prenatal massage. Additionally, I have worked with many pregnant clients over the last several years at a medical massage clinic.
I’m not comfortable lying in certain positions I’ve been in for massages before I became pregnant. Is this going to be an issue?
I have various pillows and supports specially designed to support your body, so that strain is reduced as much as possible. Many clients are amazed at how comfortable they are able to be throughout their pregnancy when properly supported on the massage table.
I would love/hate to have you massage my belly. Do you do that?
Each massage I give is designed to meet your unique – and changing – needs. I am happy to include abdominal work in your massage, or not, as you prefer.
I did not bear the child I am caring for. Will you still work with me?
Absolutely! Whether you are a biological father, second mother, adoptive parent, or none of the above, caring for a small child brings physical challenges that I’m happy to help address.
Do you take insurance?
No, I do not. However, I can provide you with a receipt that you can submit for reimbursement for out of network care.
Weekdays by appointment.
The fee for a 60-minute session is $120, and the fee for a 90-minute session is $160. Payment is expected at the time of service unless other arrangements are made ahead of time. I accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Prices are all-inclusive; I do not accept tips.
You can reach me to schedule appointments either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 456-4032. I will check my voicemail and email daily during the work week and get back to you as soon as I can based on my appointment schedule.
Because of the time required for setup and take down of my equipment, please allow an extra half hour in your schedule beyond the length of treatment you are receiving. This allows for a relaxed and unhurried experience.
Cancellations and missed appointments
Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. Please give 30 hours advance notice if you need to cancel or reschedule. If you must cancel an appointment on short notice, please call (no email). Starting the second time you miss an appointment without 30 hours advance notification, I will charge you for the missed session.
Massage can be not recommended during some illnesses and can increase symptoms. If you are sick, please contact me so we can reschedule your appointment.
If I need to cancel your appointment for any reason within 24 hours of the scheduled time, I will reschedule you for the soonest possible time. I hope I never have to cancel, but emergencies and illness happen. I will not risk your health by working on you when I am sick.
RESPECT FOR CLIENT NEEDS AND BOUNDARIES
In most cases, clients undress completely for a massage, but it is entirely up to your discretion as to what level you feel comfortable disrobing. I will leave the room to allow you to become comfortable. During the massage, only the area of your body I’m working on will be uncovered – the rest will be draped with linens. Your privacy and modesty will always be respected.
Especially during pregnancy, you may need to get up during a massage to use the bathroom. Or your child may need comforting or feeding. These are normal physical realities, and we can shape the massage session to accommodate them.
You may refuse any massage methods, or stop massage at any time.
Occasionally, an emotional response to massage occurs. If this happens, it is ok to express the feelings in our safe, nonjudgmental environment - or you may request privacy and end the session. You are in control.
Scope of Practice
I will only provide services for which I’m qualified. If I am unable to provide the support you need, I will refer you to the appropriate professionals. Massage is not a substitute for medical treatment.
Drugs and alcohol
Due to the impact that drugs or alcohol can have on your massage experience, if I think you are under the influence when I arrive at an appointment, I retain the right to decline to provide bodywork at that time. This will be treated as a cancellation without proper advance notice and charged accordingly.
"I began seeing Lize for a sports injury and then continued throughout my
pregnancy. Lize's approach with side lying was like bliss for my changing
pregnant body and the work she did on my shoulder got it to full recovery!
Whether you need massage for body maintenance or a targeted focus, Lize has all
the right intuition, experience, and knowledge to help you and your body feel
better." - Sarah C.
"Lize is professional, friendly, and clearly cares deeply about the well being of her clients. Since beginning treatment with her, I've seen a marked reduction in my pain as well as improvement in my range of motion. She listens carefully and tailors her treatments accordingly. I leave each session feeling invigorated. I feel entirely comfortable than her hands and I highly recommend her!" - Sarah H.
"Fantastic, relaxing, and restorative massages! Lize is warm, welcoming, and has a fantastic rapport with clients and attention to detail in her massage work. She'll ask you about where to focus or any physical issues and provide an ideal sequence of massage for your situation -- thanks again, Lize!" - Will H.
"Lize is hands down the best massage therapist I've ever had. She knows what she's doing, she's easy to communicate with and she obviously cares a lot about what she does." - Melanie A.