Prenatal Massage & Massage Therapy

My admiration for the human body started at a very young age. Growing up I thought I wanted to be a surgeon! But once I was in high school that quickly changed, but my fascination with the body didn’t. I joined the ROP Athletic Fitness Aide class and was on the side lines taping football players and lugging Gatorade bottles back and forth from the locker room. After high school I spent a year at Cuesta trying to figure out what the heck I was going to do? I ended up dropping out of Cuesta and enrolling in a massage therapy program at Hirudaya Holistic Life Center, and something clicked. I powered through their 200 hr program and just kept going. I took every class I could afford until the school closed at the end of 2006. I graduated from Hirudaya Holistic Life Center in 2006 with over 600 hours of training under my belt. I have training as a Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Childbirth Educator. I am also entering the world of Group Fitness and teach an in-door cycling class at 3 different locations (Equilibrium Fitness in SLO, Kennedy Club Fitness Atascadero, and Kennedy Club Fitness Paso Robles) and am considering a Yoga training as well.

I am a mobile massage therapist so I come to you to meet you in the comfort of your own home! So when I am finished and leave you, you are able to take nap, hop straight in the shower, or just do nothing! Isn’t that great?

My price for my services are $60 for an hour massage, $90 for 1 1/2 hours, and $120 for 2 hours, plus gas charges based on your location. So shoot me an email or give me a call today to schedule your massage.

Making Things Happen March!

I have just finished my La Leche League Leader training and I am really excited about starting this journey of facilitating a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. I’m just waiting for the go-ahead to post the meeting details for our first meeting at the end of this month. I am also thrilled to attend the La Leche League Conference this year at the end of May!!!

I will also be submitting my packet this month for my CAPPA Postpartum Doula certification! Yay! I’m looking forward to serving the families in this beautiful community during the 4th trimester.

I am also buckling down to get my childbirth education classes in order for, fingers crossed, April!

And I will be ending the month with the start of the Lactation Educator Counselor course through the UCSD Extension Program, in my pursuit of becoming an IBCLC.

So many things to accomplish, and so many exciting things to look forward to, and I’m just sitting here trying to enjoy the journey!

Happy New Year!

I had a nice time over the holiday to spend with my family (not glued to my phone, for once) and got to enjoy some rest and recovery while not being on call. This week I am back at it and there is a fire a burnin’ under my booty! I am so excited to see what 2015 has to offer! I am currently wrapping up my La Leche League Leader training and I will have meeting information posted here as soon as I am ready. I am also finalizing my paperwork to submit for Postpartum Doula certification at the end of this month. And I’m gearing up to write my curriculum for my childbirth education classes, something which I have been procrastinating for quite sometime, but I’m ok with that because I have so many plates spinning at once, and well…life happens. So I think by completing these other tasks, I will finally be ready to complete that goal, which is good because I only have until May to finish in time for certification…eek! See there’s that fire that I need to help me prioritize and keep me on track!

Local September Events

Monday Sept. 1st 12:00-4:00pm Labor Day Birth and Baby Fair at Sukha Wellness Center. Located at 6615 Bay Laurel Pl. Avila Beach. Delivering Resources and Connections for your Labor Day and beyond! This event is FREE for the public to attend. Meet local birth professionals that can help you navigate the journey of pregnancy. Gain access to important local resources and non-profit organizations that provide services and support for pre-natal and postnatal care and recovery.
Kids activities will be offered outside. Strollers welcome:)

Mondays Sept. 8th-29th 6:00-8:00pm Empowered Birth Partner Series at Sukha Wellness Center. Located at 6615 Bay Laurel Pl. Avila Beach. Pre-registration is required.

Thursdays Sept. 11th-Nov. 9th 6:00-8:30pm Hypnobirthing Classes with Mary Sage Sennewald at Sukha Wellness Center. Located at 6615 Bay Laurel Pl. Avila Beach. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday Sept. 11th 10:00-11:00am La Leche League Meeting at Santa Lucia Birth Center. Located at 4251 S. Higuera St. Suite 300 San Luis Obispo.

Friday Sept. 12th 6:00-7:30pm Mindful Mothers Help GleanSLO pick leftover produce for Food Bank affiliate programs. Located at 835 Serpa Ranch Rd. San Luis Obispo.

Saturday Sept. 13th The Whole-Brain Child DVD and Discussion with Jennifer Stover at Santa Lucia Birth Center. Located at 4251 S. Higuera St. Suite 300 San Luis Obispo. This is strictly a viewing and discussion facilitated by Jennifer and not a parenting class or teaching of any parenting method. Mom’s Morning Out. Babes in arms are welcome. Toddlers and up will not be comfortable at this long event with no space to play. Please bring a brunch snack to share! FREE

* Watch the first 3 sections of the DVD.
* Incorporating what we learned into our children’s lives.
* Sharing our thoughts about our children, our parents, and parenting.

Thursday Sept. 18th 10:00-11:00am La Leche League Meeting location TBA.

Mondays Sept. 22nd 6:30-8:30pm North County Bradley Method Classes with Jennifer Kinnear at Holistic Midwifery Care. Located at 8935 Morro Rd. Suite 2 Atascadero.

Thursday Sept. 25th 6:30-7:30pm La Leche League Meeting at Santa Lucia Birth Center. Located at 4251 S. Higuera St. Suite 300 San Luis Obispo.

Friday Sept. 26th 10:00-10:40am Singing Sprouts Music Time at Sukha Wellness Center. Located at 6615 Bay Laurel Pl. Avila Beach. This group is designed by a music therapist to enhance your little one’s (ages 0-3) development and strengthen your bond through fun, musical interaction!  You and your child will experience percussion instruments, drums, ribbons, and parachutes, along with live singing of known and new songs accompanied by guitar, to encourage and support your child’s:

-sensory integration

-self-regulation

-social skill development

-creativity and emotional expression

-speech and language skills

-gross and fine motor coordination 

-cognitive concepts and learning, and

-musical development

All while having lots of FUN and sharing lots of smiles! The structured music time starts with a hello song, ends with a goodbye song, and includes about 40 minutes of music in between! Drop-in $8

An update.

Alrighty folks, I will be headed down to San Diego, in a little over a week, to take a Postpartum Doula Training workshop! I am very excited to learn some new skills and to expand my service menu.

I am currently taking August off from births, although I am a back doula for another doula for 2 of her births and may provide some support to a last minute mom. Wait…I guess that’s not really a break, so maybe just a break from scheduling my own clients. Haha.

We had a great turn out yesterday for the North County’s first annual Big Latch On Event. I can’t wait for next year! We are already brainstorming what we would like to add to next year’s event. I hope to see you there in support of all of our breastfeeding families.

September I will be right back at it with 3 clients, I may be able to take one more client in October, I may be able to take 1-2 more for November, and December is currently wide open!

As of January 1st 2015, I will be raising my doula rate from $500 to $600. I will have taken 3 CAPPA trainings to gain more skills, taken an Intro to Herbalism training to help with my postpartum support, and taken an advanced placenta and postpartum training through Full Circle. So with all of this gained knowledge and experience, I feel that it is time to value all that I have to offer. And next year, I plan on taking a few nutrition class at Cuesta to get a certificate in Nutrition.

*Just a clarification in regards to my rates increasing, that means that anyone whose due date is in 2015 will be subject to paying my newly increased rate.

Local June Events

Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Empowered Birth Series at the Sukha Wellness Center located at 6615 Laurel Place in Avila Beach. $64 for 4-weeks, $18 drop-in.

Wednesdays 11am-12pm Baby + Me Yoga at m. BODY located at 780 Caudill St. in San Luis Obispo. 60 minutes of movement, exercise and relaxation for new moms and their babies. Hatha yoga routines designed to get back into shape, with your new baby! 3 class series for $30, or drop in for $10/class.

Fridays 9:30-11am Prenatal Yoga “Birth Power” Series at m. BODY located at 780 Caudill St. in San Luis Obispo. Yoga is a beautiful way to prepare the body for birthing. As women, we are meant to birth naturally as we are completely capable of a natural, healthy and deeply powerful birthing experience. This is one of the biggest adventures of our lives! In this class we will engage in dynamic/gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises. Also allowing time for comfortable meditation, visualization and sharing. With Jillian Kueffer, 500RYT. $50 for the series.

Saturday the 8th 10:00am-3:00pm Kids Day In The Park at the Paso Robles Downtown City Park.

Thursday the 12th 10:00am-11:00am La Leche League Meeting: Bringing Home Baby. This meeting will be held at the Santa Lucia Birth Center located at . Here is the description of the meeting from their facebook page. “Many soon-to-be or new-to-being mothers lack belief in their basic mothering skills and instincts. How do you know if you are doing it right? Let’s talk about all the ways you are already being a fantastic mom and learn how to listen and see the signs our babies are giving us the thumbs up. Ideal meeting for mommies-to-be, new moms, and moms who need some additional support. Bring your questions and concerns to share with an experienced LLL Leader and mother who will help you gather accurate, up-to-date information and mother-to-mother support grounded in the La Leche League philosophy. Meetings are always FREE! Membership is not required. We are here to help. Questions or concerns do NOT have to be specific to the meeting’s topic! Babies and wee ones are welcome.”

Thursday the 12th 3:00pm-4:30pm Exploration Station Electronics Recycling Drive with Mindful Mothers. Located at 867 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach. Here is description from their website about the event. “If you’ve never taken your kids to the Exploration Station in Grover Beach, you’ve been missing out. This compact science museum has permanent exhibits and tons of special programs for kids of all ages. The Station has a great program to recycle electronics in an environmentally friendly manner. For our June Playdate with a Purpose, we’ll be donating old electronics and receiving free admission to the museum! Save your old electronics for our Electronics Recycling Drive. Bring them to the Sierra Vista Hunger Awareness Day booth on June 6 (2-7pm) or bring to the Exploration Station on June 12! The Exploration Station recycles computers (for distribution to local families and schools in need), old cell and landline phones, televisions, music players, office electronics, etc.”

Saturday the 14th 8:00am-1:00pm SLO County Mommies Vendor Fair and Rummage Sale. This event will be held at the San Luis Obispo High School located at 1499 San Luis Dr. San Luis Obispo. This is a fundraiser for SLO County Mommies. They are a non-profit group that helps support local moms and families.

Saturday the 14th 10:00am-1:00pm Empowered Birth Partner Series at the Sukha Wellness Center located at 6615 Laurel Place in Avila Beach. $45 per pair, 4 Pair Limit.

More events will be posted as they come to me!

 

Time To Refresh Some Skills!

This weekend I am taking a Pregnancy & Infant massage class at CHI (California Holistic Institute). I have done a few prenatal massages this year but I just feel like my skills are rusty. So time to increase my confidence in my pre-existing skills by taking another class so that my skills are sharp and fresh! I hope you all have a great weekend! I know I will, gotta love massage school!

May Local Events

Fridays the 2nd-30th from 9:30-11am Prenatal Yoga “Birth Power” Series at m. BODY located at 780 Caudill St. in San Luis Obispo. Yoga is a beautiful way to prepare the body for birthing. As women, we are meant to birth naturally as we are completely capable of a natural, healthy and deeply powerful birthing experience. This is one of the biggest adventures of our lives! In this class we will engage in dynamic/gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises. Also allowing time for comfortable meditation, visualization and sharing. With Jillian Kueffer, 500RYT. $50 for the series.

Wednesdays the 7th-21st from 11am-12pm Baby + Me Yoga at m. BODY located at 780 Caudill St. in San Luis Obispo. 60 minutes of movement, exercise and relaxation for new moms and their babies. Hatha yoga routines designed to get back into shape, with your new baby!

Thursday the 8th from 10-11am La Leche League Meeting at the Santa Lucia Birth Center located at 4251 S. Higuera St. Suite #300 in San Luis Obispo. League Leader, Lisa Jouet, will facilitate a discussion around increasing your breastfeeding confidence and the life-long benefits you and your baby have waiting for you.* * Meetings are always FREE!* * Membership is not required. * * We are here to help. Questions or concerns do NOT have to be specific to the meeting’s topic! Babies and wee ones are welcome.

Thursday the 8th from 6-8pm Mindful Mothers Moms’ Night Out at Luna Red located at 1023 Chorro St. in San Luis Obispo. Who knew there was a National Mom’s Night Out?! When we realized, we were happy to end our long hiatus and get on the bandwagon! Come enjoy dinner/snacks/drinks, chat with other moms, and hear about Mindful Mothers! Our “Membership” is free, our “Volunteering with Kids” events are monthly and easy to join in, and our annual Munchkin March Halloween Parade is a hoot! Our mission is simply to make giving back to our community easy and fun. We provide information and a gathering place for moms who want to teach their kids about volunteering. Come join us without the kids on Thursday, and we’ll just relax and have a fun night out. We moms deserve it!

Saturday the 10th Mothering the Mothers Retreat at Sukha Wellness Center located at 6615 Laurel Place in Avila Beach. Well-deserving mothers will feel nurtured, replenished and restored during this sweet retreat just before Mother’s Day. The journey will begin with a guided meditation, followed by restorative yoga with healing touch and aromatherapy. Tea and scones served after yoga.
Hosted by Mary Sage Sennewald with Christa Rae Pacheco $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Limited to 15 participants.

Thursday the 15th from 10-11am La Leche League Meeting at Grover Heights Park located on Atlantic City Ave. in Grover Beach. With good weather upon us, Leader, Jennifer Stover, is taking the south county meetings outdoors for the summer. She will lead a meeting on confidently planning to meet the needs of a new baby. Bring a blanket to spread on the grass and sunscreen. Older kiddos can play on the play structure while we chat nearby. * * Meetings are always FREE!* * Membership is not required. * * We are here to help. Questions or concerns do NOT have to be specific to the meeting’s topic! Babies and wee ones are welcome.

 
Friday the 16th starts at 7pm The Milky Way, A Breastfeeding Documentary will be showing at the Palm Theatre located at 817 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo. The cost is $5 and any other donations are appreciated. This screening is brought to you by the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition.
Saturday the 17th from 9am-6pm Grand Opening of Baby’s Babble located at 827 13th St. Paso Robles. Come celebrate our Grand Opening! As part of our celebration we will offer $1.50 a piece on clothing if we reach 100 “Likes” before the Grand Opening. If we reach 150 “Likes” we will offer $1.00 a piece on clothing. Spread the word and we hope to see you there!
Sunday the 18th from 10am-12pm May Playdate with a Purpose: Oceano Beach Clean-up with Mindful Mothers. We will be joining the SLO chapter of the Surfrider Foundation on their monthly beach clean up. It will be a fun family day at the beach and a chance to talk to our kids about why we don’t leave our trash behind. Please bring a snack and re-useable water bottle (and maybe a picnic lunch for later if you can stay and play). We will provide trash bags and gloves. If you want to bring a bucket for trash, those are helpful if you have them. Coffee and some snacks will be provided, but please bring your reusable coffee mug. This is a great ZERO WASTE EVENT!

Thursday the 22nd from 6:30-7:30pm La Leche League Meeting at Santa Lucia Birth Center located at 4251 S. Higuera St. Suite #300 in San Luis Obispo. There is nothing that raises a mother’s confidence in her ability to nurture her child at her breast more than meeting and overcoming the normal challenges that come with learning ANY new skill. Brooke Schumacher, LLLL will guide a conversation on how to surmount common problems and acquire the art of breastfeeding. * * Meetings are always FREE!* * Membership is not required. * * We are here to help. Questions or concerns do NOT have to be specific to the meeting’s topic! Babies and wee ones are welcome.

Friday the 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm Sacred Women’s Circle at Sukha Wellness Center located at 6615 Laurel Place in Avila Beach. This supportive circle offers space to move energy, breathe in new intentions, and uplift your spirit.This Month’s Circle Focus: Clearing Energetic Space to Make Room for a New Beginning. You’ll enjoy transformative Chakra Healing Yoga* to awaken your light body while Constance guides you into a blissful state through Color Energy Aromatherapy and Chakra Tunings with precision calibrated tuning forks. *gentle, simple restorative yoga. Facilitator Constance Hart has over 24 years teaching experience and will inspire you fully! She is a Visionary with Energy Healing, Metaphysics and the Founder/Developer of Conscious Colors, Chakra Healing Yoga and Color Aromas Therapy. Her sessions provide many tools for well being. Visit ConsciousColors.com for More Info and Testimonials. $30 with pre-registration by May 14, $35 thereafter. Sign Up with a friend and you each get $5 off. You must call 805-801-8088 and pay together or online.

The votes are in!

Berry flavored capsules it is! I will still keep strawberry and grape flavored capsules in mind and might offer all three flavors soon. But for now I will offer just berry flavored capsules for an additional cost of $10.berry capsules