A bit about Leslie Stager RN, LMT
Since 1984 I’ve worked in women’s health as a labor & delivery nurse, wilderness rites of passage guide, doula, and massage therapist/educator.
In addition to offering ultra-relaxing therapeutic massage for women, I also focus on the “forbidden zones”–womb & belly health, Fertility concerns, Pregnancy & Postnatal care, Breast health, Sacro-iliac and hip issues, and internal Pelvic floor issues.
I offer the following approaches:
- Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage™
- Holistic Pelvic Care ™
- Fertility Bodywork
- Integrative Pelvic Bodywork
- Pregnancy Massage
- Massage & Acupressure for Birthing
- New Mother Bodywork
- Breast Massage
- Abdominal Massage
- Moontime Menstruation Massage
- Bodywork for Moon-pause
MY BODYWORK STYLE
With over 30 years experience and thousands of hours of training, I integrate various bodywork approaches including:
- Myofascial Release
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Energy Awareness & Reiki
I’m grateful for the teachers who have helped me deepen skills, knowledge, compassion, and humility!
Chris Olson. Steven & Meredith Foster-Little. Elaine Marie. Rosita Arvigo. Terri Nash. Martin Prechtel. Carol Gray. Jennifer Mercier. Tami Kent. Tom Myers. Til Luchau. The whales and dolphins of Maui. My mother. Martin Prechtel. Wild Earth.
LESLIE’S BACKGROUND:: EARTH–BIRTH–DEATH
EARTH: In my early life, I lived with a small band of children and two adults in the woods of Maine, homesteading, and traveling by horse-cart through Greece with gypsies. In early 20’s I lived alone in the wilds for two years, foraging wild plants and developing old-ways skills. I studied rites of passage work with Stephen and Meredith Foster-Little, learned tracking skills with Tom Brown, and explored Aboriginal Life Skills at Boulder Outdoor Survival School. These experiences nurtured a spirit-root that has carried me through my life and weaves into my bodywork.
BIRTH: In my 30’s I became an RN and worked with birthing families as a labor & delivery nurse, childbirth educator and doula. I became a massage therapist and developed MotherTouch Maternity Massage program, which I taught worldwide. In 2008 I published Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy, co-produced MotherTouch educational videos about touch and birth and taught for Real Bodywork: Mastering Pregnancy Massage.
I am a rites of passage guide–escorting those in need through spiritual and physical encounters with earth, birth, and death–and an educator– encouraging professionals to support women with safe and caring touch and honoring the dynamic cyclical realities of women’s bodies.
“DEATH”: After 7 days and nights walking and fasting alone in the desert, I understood my life’s work to be about Earth, Birth, Death. Death gains more focus as I age, always aware of the imminence and certainty of my own mortality .
CURRENTLY: I am developing more online courses, teach Integrative Pelvic Bodywork to professionals, and have a private bodywork practice in Nevada City, CA, as well as work as a nurse with the local Hospice. I study with Martin Prechtel–continuing to appreciate the subtle and dramatic energies of birth and death, and practicing living fully during this experience on earth.
I love to write, paint on silk, dance tango, and have always been a wild foods enthusiast.