The root of all health is in the brain. 
The trunk of it is in emotion. 

The branches and leaves are the body. 

The flower of health blooms
when all parts work together.
– Kurdish folk wisdom

Note: I use special Body Support Systems cushions that make your massage much more comfortable!

No more compression of the breasts, no more low back strain from lying flat on massage tables—Large breasted, lactating, and pregnant women will especially love them!

Face down they help lengthen and relieve low back pain. Central recesses accommodate the growing belly in early stages of pregnancy.

Face up, they help open the chest and relieve shoulder pain, and give me easy access to front and back simultaneously. 

In sidelying,  they relieve shoulder compression, support the belly, and allow for deep hip and leg work.

 

I have been a massage therapist focused on prenatal, birth and postnatal bodywork since 1991. I developed  the MotherTouch™ Prenatal Bodywork Training & Certification and wrote one of the only textbooks available on the topic of pregnancy, birth, postpartum massage. 

PREGNANCY MASSAGE: Relaxing, Restorative, & Therapeutic bodywork to reduce stress, ease aches and pains, support optimal baby positioning, prepare for and recover from birth. You won’t get a wimpy prenatal massage from me! My work can range from subtle energy bodywork to deep tissue massage, whichever you prefer or we find most therapeutic, and in whichever position is optimal for you, baby, and my body mechanics–prone with special cushions, sidelying, or semi-reclining. You and your baby’s comfort and well-being is my focus.

BIRTH SUPPORT: Birthing couples and birth support teams may benefit from private sessions to explore optimal, supportive comfort-touch techniques during pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal time! On occasion Leslie is available as a massage/doula support during your birth time.

POSTPARTUM RENEWAL: The most challenging time for most women in their childbearing years is the weeks after birth. Whether the birthing went exactly as you had dreamed it would, or became a traumatic or sad event, Leslie can offer supportive listening and bodywork that encourages relaxation and recovery. Sometimes talking about the birth to an understanding ear can be deeply healing. Leslie has attended hundreds of births as an nurse and as a doula. She is comfortable with and knowledgeable about the wide range of experiences possible when a woman embarks on this huge rite of passage to bring a new life into the world, and can help you find pieces of yourself that may have gone missing during the process.

Cesarean Scar Tissue Massage can help facilitate emotional and physical healing from surgery.

Pelvic Floor Rebalancing techniques help regain structural support and reduce pelvic pain.

Holistic Pelvic Care™ helps reduce internal pelvic floor pain, hip pain, scar tissue, urinary incontinence, minor prolapse, and addresses physical-emotional traumas of birth. 

Closing the Bones is a ceremony with your kin, or in private session using visualization, song and bodywork to help close the energetic, emotional and physical openings that occurred in order for you to bring your baby into the world. With reverence and care we honor your rite of passage to retrieve this baby and birth yourself as Mother.

Acupressure Postpartum Renewal

Diastasis Recti Assessment helps you understand the condition of your abdominal muscles that can stretch apart during pregnancy and which may need support to regain tone.

Gentle external and internal myofascial release, hip mobilizations, rebalancing techniques, and abdominal bodywork to restore pelvic health and vitality.

Learn more about these Pelvic Bodywork modalities Here

Mercier Therapy is an empowering therapy for reproductive healing, spreading quickly across the world to help treat primary and secondary infertility.  It addresses endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, amenorrhea, annovulation, secondary fertility challenge due to primary c-section, elevated FSH/low AMH, subclinical thyroid issues, tubal blockage, luteal phase deficiency, sexual abuse trauma recovery, and pelvic pain. Whenever we can incorporate movement and restore blood flow to the pelvic organs it helps to re-optimize the function of the pelvic region.

Women with past infection or tubal reversal can produce scar tissue or mucous plugs and with deep manipulation we can bring a positive change to the tubes.

What does Mercier Therapy entail?

A Mercier Therapy treatment consists of one 60-minute session per week of deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation for 6 weeks. This is not a spa treatment by any means and can be uncomfortable. The results are tangible after the very first treatment. During the session some discomfort will be noted especially if endometriosis is present. Most women report that the session is intense because the work is so deep and that no one has ever worked that deeply before.

We will start monitoring her cycles once we finish the work and she starts her new cycle, but I always tell her to keep trying during our sessions. 

How does  pricing of Mercier Therapy compare to IVF?

The Shared Journey Fertility Program starts with a consult to obtain history and pelvic organ mobility test is performed. If the actual program is the right fit for you, the cost of all of the sessions, supplements and one year of cycle monitoring is $2250.00. Compared to IVF on average at $12,000.00 per cycle this work is much more healing and empowers you in your healing process. If you need to move on to IVF, this bodywork helps you prepare for that route by increasing womb health and circulation before embarking on that journey, giving you a better chance of success.

*Mercier Therapy uses no internal work nor is it considered physical therapy.

Flowing strokes of Swedish massage blended with acupressure, cranial sacral and deep tissue manipulations can de-stress your mind and body and restore your sense of centeredness and presence. Try massage in the sidelying position—the most relaxing way to receive bodywork!

Get focused manual therapy sessions for specific conditions.  We enter “body-time” allowing for scar tissue to release, emotional tension to dissolve, and the natural mobility of the body to be restored.

  •   Hip and pelvic pain
  •   Sciatica
  •   Stiff neck
  •   Scar Tissue/Adhesion Release
  •   Sacro-iliac discomfort
  •   Carpal tunnel syndrome
  •   Headaches
  •   Belly Tension & Indigestion

Menstruation and Menopause

For a couple decades I struggled with womb health issues–severe menstrual pain, ovarian tumor, and fibroids. I explored herbal, dietary, spiritual, emotional treatments and ancestral impacts and learned alot. Finally I had surgery–twice to remove fibroids, and finally for a hysterectomy. I understand what it’s like to have  a strong desire for womb-pelvis-ovarian health, and the strong focus on the challenges when health is not optimum.  I can offer bodywork to restore awareness, breath, and energy to the pelvic region and increase circulation to the womb and ovaries, relieving menstrual cramps, and bringing a new vitality and connection to this sacred, potent, creative space of woman’s body.   

SPECIALITY SESSIONS INCLUDE:

  ACUPRESSURE MOONTIME RENEWAL
  MAYAN ABDOMINAL MASSAGE
  ACUPRESSURE MENOPAUSE VITALITY SESSION

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I’m the author of Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy, the co-producer of MotherTouch Films, and instructor on the DVD Mastering Pregnancy Massage. Check out my products and services at www.TouchForBirth.com