Grand Re-Opening

THIS IS HUGE !!

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE

WE ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN AS OF

JUNE 18, 2018!

 

We are now booking appointments

with our amazing Massage Therapists.

 

To Thank You for your amazing support and show you our appreciation, we are having a

GRAND RE-OPENING OPEN HOUSE and YOUR ALL Invited!

*** More details are coming soon! ***

 

We will have SURPRISE Grand Re-Opening specials coming on our website and Via FaceBook.

 

Keep an eye out for those as well.

You won't want to miss out on those SURPRISES!

This Father's Day, help that special Dad in your life feel extra special

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Let Dad know how much you appreciate those muscles

Way's to massage everything that hurt's for your guy

5 Easy Steps:

Step 1. Snag an amazing limited time offer Father's Day Gift Certificate online & print.

Step 2. Call / Text or email to get him on our schedule.

Step 3. Slip Gift Certificate into card, sign with love.

Step 4. Deliver said card.

Step 5. Enjoy the happy guy we promise to send back revitalized

and ready for that To Do List...

 

Celebrate Father's Day

Enjoy a Father's Day Escape package-

 

Thank You Dad

60 Min. Massage $68 ($84 Value)

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Pampered Papa

75 Min. Massage W/Aromatherapy add-On $85 ($116 Value)

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I Love your Muscles SO much

2 Pack) 2-75 Min. Massages $170 ($200 Value)

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Happy Father's Day to yourself Ladies !

90 Min. Massage $95 ($114 Value)

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Sometimes the job of two, is done by One.

 

 

*** Re-Opening THIS JUNE  2018.

Shortly after Father's Day !! ***

 

Reminder: Salt Lake Prenatal Massage

is now taking names for our waiting list. 

To join, please send us an email with your full 

name, contact info., & if your expecting 

how many weeks you will be mid to end June.

 info@slcprenatalmassage.com

 

***  We will start taking calls after June 6th, 2018

801-784-6511 call / text ***

 

Relax...

We've got this,

Let us take care of Father's Day for you-

 

We're as Lucky as can be, for the world's best Dad's belong to you mama's of Salt Lake Prenatal Massage.     Happy Father's Day to ALL the Mother's doing it all.

Sharing the pride of being part of this great nation.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

May we all remember our fallen heros

 and those that have gone before us.

Our latest news,

We anticipate an opening date

time frame of June 18th, 2018.

 

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage

is now taking names for our waiting list. 

To join, please send us an email with your full 

name, contact info., & if your expecting

how many weeks you will be mid June.

 info@slcprenatalmassage.com

 

" Anything worth having, is worth waiting for "

Let us take care of you-

 

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Happy Mother's Day

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Motherhood...

I still get little goosebumps every time I'm called Mom... Yes, even when it's yelled across the house followed by, "Where are my shoes?" Or, "She won't leave me alone!" Yes, we all know it... We all hear it over and over and over. It stresses us, it amuses us, and can down-right frustrate us at times. But, still... That word... "Mom!" It gives a person chills. Hearing it, saying it -or yelling, as the case may be- always gets your heart going. That unconditional love, that woman to ground yourself in. Who doesn't need their mom? Even as we age, you hear all around the world as people call out for their mothers. Maybe you had a rough day at work... Maybe you haven't seen her in a while... Maybe she is no longer with you... Maybe you're a Mom now, and so lost and confused. Maybe, for some reason or other, your mom wasn't there growing up. You still wish for her, even if you dare not aloud.

 

And yet... While we all know her strength, love, and care for us, especially those of us who are mothers ourselves... It is a bit of a thankless job. And in spite of that, or because of it in many cases, we get that little thrill of being a Mom. To know that precious newborn is yours, always; even if you haven't slept in who knows how long.  To know that 8yr old with the science project due tomorrow that you just found out about; they are yours for always too. And yes, even that teenager....Yes, that one; saying she doesn't need you anymore... You remember what it was like, no matter how much you thought you didn't, you still needed her, more than you could ever imagine. And let's not forget that young man of yours, off to serve our country or off to college.... Back home a short while later, wondering why the laundry hasn't done itself.

 

Yes... That... The small smile on your face, remembering all your own shouts of "Mom!" It gets you, doesn't it? Gives you that jump in your heart and longing to see or hear her again. There isn't anything else like it in the world, and yet... We don't always treat it like the precious gift we should. So... Think about it... How do you celebrate the Moms in your life? How will you cherish her this Mother's Day?

 

-Author, My beautiful sister.  Love you Sis-

Marin Mattingly LMT/Owner Salt Lake Prenatal Massage

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage's New Owner

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Rebecca Overson with new owner Marin Mattingly

Dear friends, associates, colleagues, and cherished clients; Past, present and future of Salt Lake Prenatal Massage,

Hello, My name is Marin Mattingly. When I heard that Rebecca Overson was going to close Salt Lake Prenatal Massage on March 31st, 2018 my heart sank. I was over come with the deepest sadness and I just knew that I could not let Salt Lake Prenatal Massage go away just like that.

With NO hesitation on my part I contacted Rebecca and offered to carry on her legacy, maybe I begged and pleaded a little, but I love Salt Lake Prenatal and all that it represents and everything Rebecca has made it out to be and I love our clients!

I believe in Salt Lake Prenatal Massage and I know that wholeheartedly, I was meant to carry on Rebecca's and Salt Lake Prenatal's Legacy and add my loving touch from here on out.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work for and along side Rebecca and her amazing staff / my colleagues and with our amazing clients for a few years at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage.

I can not tell you, nor express how much we all love you Rebecca Overson and will truly miss you. You are truly an inspiration to all.

I am very nervously excited about my new adventure and chapter in my life and I can't wait to meet every one!

I'm a proud mama of 12, and grandma to lots of grand babies. I have a passion for helping others especially pregnant mama's and pediatrics (baby's and kid's). I love what I do, I love life, I love people, I love birth and I Love babies! .

When my daughter was expecting my first grand baby, that's when I had my "ah ha" moment. I had a strong desire to give my girls' and the future generations of mama's to come, everything I thought and felt like maybe i didn't have or didn't get or missed out on or didn't know about while I was having babies- I had a vision of what could be and knew there was more for mama's than I was aware of and I had a strong desire to go find it, learn it, become it.

In 2009 I started attending births, shortly there after I became a Child Birth Educator then immediately following I started my journey on becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Pregnancy. After graduating Myotherapy College of Utah, I met Rebecca (LOL you could say I cyber website stalked her and email stalked her. I told her I had to be apart of her team- I wasn't about to let it go. No Sirree), I joined Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, while continuing to further my education/training with specializing in Spinning Babies, Pediatric & Prenatal Cranial Sacral, also furthering my Birth Doula training and Birth Educator training over the years.

Now 9 years later here I am about to carry on the legacy of one of the most incredible and amazing ladies that I am very proud to call a dear friend AND I get to carry on the legacy of an amazing company that I am so proud of and so grateful for, and now I get to call HOME!

Dreams-do-come-true!

I am beyond grateful for the out poring love, and support from every one!

Thank you!

Marin Mattingly, LMT, CST, BBCI, Birth Doula-Birth Educator

AND NOW-New Owner of

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage

BEST NEWS EVER: Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is RE-OPENING soon!

Happy to announce.... that after last month's news that I was closing Salt Lake Prenatal Massage... several people approached me (Rebecca Overson) about taking over the remaining assets. I hemmed and hawed. A few of them were tenacious ... and one of them would not. let. it. go.

While my amazing massage staff has mostly ventured out on their own, and I support that - this is the unofficial announcement that SALT LAKE PRENATAL MASSAGE version 2.0 will be in a new place, a new space, with new faces, and I will be assisting in the transition period.

The new owner is a former employee, Mrs. Marin Mattingly, LMT, Maternity Massage Specialist, Pediatric Cranio-Sacral Specialist, Birth Doula, Infant Massage Instructor, Birth Educator & Spinning Babies Specialist/optimum fetal positioning guru... I can't even name all the credentials she has you guys, she's just freaking amazing.

She and her husbandJohn are the parents of twelve children, with nine grandbabies plus two more on the way. She's incredibly passionate about carrying on the legacy of Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, and plans to re-birth this massage practice within the next 60 days.

LMTs, get your job applications in :) 

Pregnant women of Utah REJOICE! YOU HAVE OPTIONS!

DE.TAILS.TO.COME!

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is Closing March 31, 2018

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Dear friends, associates, colleagues, and cherished clients,

It is with VERY mixed emotions that I announce my decision to close Salt Lake Prenatal Massage on March 31st, 2018.

In 2008, shortly after the birth of my second child, I had a vision of providing a resource for pregnant women to empower them in birth choices, and support them through motherhood.

Now a decade later, thanks to all of you and my AMAZING staff, Salt Lake Prenatal Massage has fulfilled its purpose beyond what we ever imagined. I am so proud, and so grateful.

Despite unparalleled success, and more 5-star reviews and happy clients than we can count, I am choosing to close this business in order to move forward with another chapter of my life and career.

At the close of this journey, we wholeheartedly invite you stand in completion and celebration of what we have created together.

Our last day of appointments will be Monday, March 26th. If you have prepaid sessions to use, please book them right away. Our schedule will fill up very quickly.

{If you are a client with prepaid sessions, or want to contact our therapists for sessions after our closure, please see FAQs below.}

I love you SO MUCH. I am beyond grateful for your partnership, love, and support.

Rebecca Overson, LMT

Founder/Owner/Chief Mother Hen

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage



 

FAQ Regarding Closure of Salt Lake Prenatal Massage:

  • If you have prepaid, unexpired sessions, or gift certificates, please book appointments now and use them before March 25th.
  • If you have more prepaid, unexpired sessions than you are able to reasonably redeem from now through March 25th, AFTER our closure and up until June 1st, you can redeem Salt Lake Prenatal Massage gift certificates and prepaid sessions with some of our awesome therapists who will be free to see you independently in their own practices after we close. (Their contact information will be posted on our website.)
  • Monthly Massage Program Members: Your last prepaid sessions will run March 1st for use through March 25th, and will automatically terminate after that. Contact your therapist for future appointments and pricing. Thank you for your loyalty.
  • Yoga: Last day of Yoga classes is Thursday March 1st. If you purchased a punch pass November 1st or later, you may request a refund of unused sessions, prorated at $15 per class. For future prenatal yoga classes, please visit our trusted partner Alicia Poldino at  www.UtahPrenatalYoga.com.

Prenatal Yoga 2018

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Wondering what's up with our Prenatal Yoga Classes for 2018?

Here's the scoop!

Alicia has been our main yoga teacher for several years, and let us know in December she'd no longer be teaching our classes.

This left us with big shoes to fill!

We are in the process of coordinating our yoga schedule with new offerings and FABULOUS teachers, and waiting on the arrival of new equipment.

We plan to have classes back on the schedule by Jan 20th. We will post updates on our Facebook page as well.

AND - If you have any feedback or suggestions based on your experiences in our yoga classes, we'd love to hear from you!

Hang on to those class passes!

Thanks for your patience. If you have any questions, please email us at info@slcprenatalmassage.com.

Happy New Year! Love, Salt Lake Prenatal Massage

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is GROWING.... and hiring massage therapists

Working with pregnant women is THE BEST!!!!

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is hiring licensed massage therapists with a strong interest in pregnancy, birth, and babies. We are currently hiring for DAY, WEEKEND and EVENING shifts. 

This is an employee situation, not independent contractor. 

Job requirements: 
- Current UT State License
- Current liability insurance with a minimum of 1 million dollars in coverage (eg. ABMP or AMTA) 
- Must have reliable internet, phone, and car.
- Completion of Maternity Massage Certification Level 1 & 2 course (offered on-site)

Job perks: 
- Flexible work schedule: Open 7 days a week, 9am to 8pm/5pm on weekends
- Discounts on products and services
- Full administrative support: laundry, scheduling and marketing
- Support with advanced education and training in the pregnancy and birth field
- Awesome clients and awesome co-workers! 

Check out our website: www.SLCPrenatalMassage.com
***To apply, please submit resume and thoughtful cover letter via email to joanna@slcprenatalmassage.com. Please also include desired wages.***

No walk-ins or phone calls please. 
Thank you!

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NOW HIRING for FRONT DESK!

SLC Prenatal Massage is looking for TWO superstars for our front desk!

We have two, full-time positions available Monday-Saturday. Compensation is $12-15/hr.

We are very passionate about helping pregnant women and new moms find relief from pain and stress. Our front desk is the first point of contact for all clients, so we are really looking for someone who can go above and beyond for them. 

The ideal candidate:
Loves people
Possesses strong customer service and sales skills
Excels at communication on the phones, in person, and email/text.
Is an excellent multitasker and very organized
A professional and friendly demeanor
Is Self-motivated, able to work independently, high level of integrity
MUST be a good team player and work well with others

We are looking for someone who can commit for a year or more. Apply if you are looking for a career. Please no temporary applications.

Please send an email with your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to info@slcprenatalmassage.com. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

Thank you!

HEY MAMAS, I BOUGHT YOU A BEAUTIFUL BATH TUB.

Hi everyone, Rebecca Overson here.

Super EXCITED to tell you about our new soaking tub!

I love water. And I had a crappy, tiny tub at home for the longest time.

So when we moved to our new office,

I went out and bought us a beautiful soaking tub and created a TUB ROOM.

Check it:

 "Hey Kaesie! Come in here and photograph this for the blog!" (yes, I was actually naked and yes I was actually taking a bath. :)

"Hey Kaesie! Come in here and photograph this for the blog!" (yes, I was actually naked and yes I was actually taking a bath. :)

THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD IDEA. Sooooo comfortable!

Do any of you remember that "Calgon, take me away!" commercial? (1988... maybe you weren't born yet!) The mom is going crazy at home with kids, sneaks into her tub with Calgon Bubble bath, locks the kids out....and has a few precious minutes to herself.

It's a lot like that.

Long story short - we are happy to make this soaking tub available to you before or after your massage appointments, or just on its own if you need a peaceful bath!

Book a Tub Soak for only $25 for up to 25 minutes. Includes Epsom Salt and

doTERRA "Balance" essential oil (optional).

check this out - BONUS!

Add on a mud masque while you soak: $10

 Add on a scalp treatment while you soak: $15

(you will be covered in the tub with a towel for modesty while your therapist massages your scalp, neck, and shoulders!)

And don't worry - we have a tub thermometer to make sure our pregnant mamas soak in pregnancy-safe temperatures.

Escape, mama! give us a call or text 8017846511 to book your SOAK.

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INSERT YOURSELF INTO THIS PICTURE. Robe, cup of tea... ice water = HAPPINESS

Postpartum Belly Binding - YOU GOTTA DO THIS!

by Rebecca de Azevedo Overso LMT/Birth Doula

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LADIES!

One of THE most important things to do when recovering from birth is to BIND your BELLY. 

This has been done for a loooong time in Asian cultures and other places around the world... who also have a traditional "lying-in" period, where the woman who has given birth does not leave the house for 30-40 days while she rests, recovers, and heals. 

(WE SHOULD SOOOO DO THIS IN THE USA!)

I read once that in some cultures, the woman does not stand up after giving birth until her belly is bound. 

Here's WHY belly binding is a good idea:

1. Helps bring back together the abdominal muscles that have stretched and separated during pregnancy. 

2. Helps support proper function of organs

3. Helps support the uterus as it heals

4. Encourages proper posture, recovering pre-pregnant posture

5. Helps with breathing - supports the respiratory diaphragm

6. MAY help you fit into your skinny jeans faster. Just kidding. But wouldn't that be nice???

7. Flattens your tummy. Come on. We all love that. 

WHAT YOU NEED: 

13-17 yards cotton muslin fabric. I like natural materials, so I chose that, AND I chose a natural/undyed fabric.  This is a LOT of fabric. Consider if you are petite, plus size, average, etc and you will use more/less fabric depending on how tight you want your bind to be as well. 

I just used 7 1/2 full outstretched arm lengths, as I show in the video. If you have too much, you can always cut off the excess and turn it into a cool turban for your head. ;) 

Cut the fabric into one long strip that is about 8 inches wide. 

If you are super fancy with sewing ((UNLIKE ME)) and have access to a serger - go ahead and serge the edges so it doesn't fray so much!

What I'm most excited about is that when I learned about belly binding, I was only shown how to do it for someone else. As a postpartum woman, I had someone come over to do it for me. But now I'm super stoked that I figured out how to do it with my own two hands! I gave birth on October 9th so I myself am employing all the tricks I teach my clients!

HOW TO DO IT:

Watch the video of the finished result here   (and while you're there, LIKE our facebook page if you haven't already...)

and HERE is the follow up video of how to do it yourself. 

Ideally you want to wear the wrap for several hours a day for the first six weeks postpartum, or longer if needed. If you had a c-section, you may want to wait until your incision has healed before you wrap. 

If the fabric creeps up, simply pull it back down one layer at a time. 

To go to the bathroom - which you know we do quite frequently to pee, to change pads, etc - just pull your pants/undies down, do your business, and pull back up either OVER the wrap, or try to tuck it back underneath the wrap. Or just take it off and re-do; you get really fast at it with a little practice.

Let me know if you have any questions - you can post them here, or on our facebook page under the belly binding video, or shoot an email to us at info@slcprenatalmassage.com. 

Happy Recovering!

-Rebecca

The secret is in the sauce...

The secret... Is in the sauce. The sauce is our relationships and the secret ingredient is just how much we actually care for our clients. One of our regular male clients recently told us he thinks we are "Utah's best kept secret!" I asked him to elaborate and he said "well, I would never have come here if my wife hadn't been pregnant and tried it out first, being told you guys take male clients. Now I'll never go anywhere else. My experiences here have been better than any other massage business, and I've had A LOT of massages. Everyone should know about it. You guys are the best." I wasn't terribly surprised to hear this, as we receive feedback just like his on a regular basis. It really made me think, though, about just how far our business had come in the last few years. Rebecca started it on her own with just a few clients and built it into the best massage therapy practice in Utah! People are still surprised every day about our regular acceptance of clients who aren't pregnant, including men. I asked Rebecca to elaborate some thoughts on the subject, and here you have it...


...I might be bragging.

Or I might just be a super proud mama of this baby I birthed called “SLC Prenatal Massage.” Word on the street is we are Utah’s experts in prenatal and postpartum massage therapy and you really shouldn’t waste time or money getting “prenatal massage” elsewhere in this valley.

I mean, massage therapy for the special population of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood is totally OUR THING.

It’s no secret that we have mad skills in this arena.


But… we do have ONE secret:

Our massage therapists actually work on everyone.

Seriously. Men, non-pregnant women, teens, kids…. Pregnancy is not required to get a massage here. Heck, a UTERUS isn't even required to get a massage here.

The secret is that Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is the best place for massage therapy in Utah, period. Don’t bother with spas, or strip-mall locations, and certainly don’t go to those dodgy late night massage places with people that don’t speak any English or have pictures of their scantily clad “relaxation specialists” - unless you want to be disappointed. (Or arrested.) Nothing against non-native English speakers - it’s just that most of them aren’t licensed (which is illegal) and most of them, um, might give you more than a massage. (At best, a communication barrier is really hard to overcome, considering the fact that communication is one of the most important factors to getting a great massage.)

Guys, I have been a licensed massage therapist for 21 years now. That is more than half of my entire life. I have zero tolerance for mediocre massage. It’s, like, worse than a bad haircut.

About ten years into my career, I had a pretty good grasp of what clients want and appreciate, even though needs and preferences vary greatly from client to client. I was completely confident in my ability to be fully present with each client, and deliver fantastic massage therapy and bodywork 99.9% of the time. Massage, for me, is meditation. I work in the zone. It’s the best.

My clients would say, on a regular basis, “REBECCA YOU ARE THE BEST!!! seriously!!!” or “THAT IS THE BEST MASSAGE I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE AND TRUST ME I HAVE HAD A LOT OF MASSAGES.”

I tried not to let it go to my head - it is a joy for me to serve people. But I heard comments like that so many times that I let my low self esteem fall away and just accepted that I really was good. I had mastery over something.

I love to serve. I love to contribute. I love to help. Most massage therapists are givers, nurturers, and healers.

And then, something super scary happened….

My business grew... And grew... Which meant I had to hire people that would be helping me work on MY CLIENTS. MY CLIENTS!

My clients…. they had an expectation… they knew I would deliver fantastic results every time. How on earth could I trust a massage therapist with 2 years experience, or five or ten, or even right out of school, to, well, be as good as I was? (Totally not humble there, but, you know what I’m saying???)

I was busy. I needed backup. I needed sick days and personal days. I needed to trust other massage therapists to help me with my client load.

BUT how on earth could I NOT work on my clients? How could I expect any other therapist to deliver what I could consistently deliver? I would estimate that 1 in 20 therapists I interviewed TRULY blew me away with their skills, approach, and demeanor. The rest were either as good as I’d expect for their level of experience, or just downright mediocre. Some are gifted… and some need a LOT of refining.

So to make a long story shorter - I created some hacks.

I trained - and still train - my staff in the secrets of WHAT MAKES A MASSAGE FANTASTIC and what clients truly want. This is based on 21 years of experience, feedback, and learning. I can take a pretty “average” massage therapist and coach them to deliver amazing bodywork in a very short period of time.

The result is that they are able to deliver that AWESOMENESS to anyone who walks through our doors - pregnant or not. I guarantee our client satisfaction - I’m THAT confident with my staff. (And I’m all ears if you have a less-than-fantastic massage at our clinic.)

To me, the ultimate test is what my FAMILY thinks when they come to my clinic. Why? My family is very big, and very educated, outspoken and honest. Also, I have been working on them for 20 years and shaping their expectations of what good bodywork feels like. They have all become picky, picky, picky, discriminating connoisseurs of massage therapy and bodywork! And if they don’t like something, they will say it to your face.

Last night at a family party my brother in law told me “I had the BEST massage on Friday from Amy. Seriously - she is gifted. It was so good.”

I’m so happy to know I have been replaced! SO HAPPY!

Another brother in law - who has had MASTER bodyworkers work on him - thinks Celeste is THE BOMB.

Another sister said, “I had a beeeeeautiful massage from Joanna today.”

My cousin and his wife wanted massages and messaged me, somewhat apologetically, asking if we did couples massages even though they aren’t expecting. (yes! we do!) They booked for the following Saturday. This is the message I got afterwards:

“We had our massages today and oh man were they fantastic!! Seriously… BEST massage I’ve ever had. We will be regulars.”

Another sister - who used to be super mean to me growing up - ha! - wrote this review on Yelp. (As I sit and write this article, she’s actually in our office getting a treatment for her 16-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy and spina bifida.)

First things first, the owner is my sister. Rebecca has been in the field of bodywork since she was 18 years old and has been passionate about supporting women through pregnancy and delivery for decades. She is extremely knowledgeable about women's bodies, pregnancy and delivery. I have attended births with her where she has been the Doula and her skills, knowledge and know-how are extraordinary.

I started getting massages here a month ago. I am not pregnant. They provide services for women who are pregnant and for women who are not pregnant, and for men, and teens, and children. I had been chasing down local Groupons in search of great massages. I had some real nightmare experiences! Finally, my sister said why "don't you come to Salt Lake Prenatal?" I guess I hadn't thought of it because I'm not pregnant.

They offer recurring weekly scheduling at an amazing price. My sister is not the one who's been massaging me. So, I do think I can offer a fair and unbiased review.

I have seen Sky and Celeste. Both were fabulous! They're very professional and conscientious when draping you. There are few things I hate more than wondering if my body parts are exposed from the sheets. This has never been the case at Salt Lake Prenatal.

Celeste uses her hands in a way that is nothing short of artistic!

They absolutely want your feedback, especially if there's something they can do right then to adjust and make you more comfortable.

PS: the weekly appointments don't have to be used by the same person. My husband and I switch off week to week.


So there you have it folks, the word is out. We will take you as a client regardless of pregnancy status or gender or age. You don’t have to settle for mediocre massage therapy - we wouldn’t want you to!

P.S. oh heeeeey…...My 17 year old niece just finished her session with Skye! This is the text she sent:  Oh. Ma. Gosh. I feel SO good! :) That was da bomb!!

Big changes are afoot... Here's the scoop!

HAPPY MONDAY!

Today, we share an extra special post with you.

It is chock full of little nuggets and we're so excited to share our new adventure with those who make our business exactly what it is... YOU! This post is lengthy. If you can get through the whole thing and shoot us an email at info@slcprenatalmassage.com telling us you did so with THREE things you learned or thought were cool, we'll send you a GIFT as a thank you! That's how important this information is! We want you to read it thoroughly and hopefully bribery is the way to go in this case, ha ha!

Let's get started...


Scheduling system OVERHAUL

We're trading in our relationship with MindBody for something newer and nicer: WellnessLliving! What does this mean for YOU as a client? Read on...  

 

WellnessLiving does not yet have a mobile app - but it is in the works and should be released soon. We'll be sure to let you know when that happens! In the meantime, there's not a whole lot about the system that's different from MindBody. You will still have the same login as before, your visit history and purchases still show and as a cool bonus, your reward points are PART of your client profile now (we're ditching Perkville, too)! I'll outline how this change will happen for you.

Tomorrow, you will receive an email from WellnessLiving that says "Say HELLO to our new scheduling system!" This email is VERY VERY important! Why? It contains your username (which transferred over from MindBody) and a link to set up your password. Once you take this action and login for the first time, all of your past visits, membership information, contact information and purchases (including prepaid sessions and gift certificates) will auto-populate into your new WellnessLiving profile! The only thing that will NOT transfer over is your stored cc information. This just means that next time you book a massage, you'll be required to give a cc number (just like your first visit with us) for us to keep on your file. 

Another bonus: we're ditching Perkville (our loyalty rewards program) - but you'll still have all your points! WellnessLiving has a better rewards system, built right into your client profile. So accessing your points and rewards doesn't require visiting yet another website, it will simply be housed under your login in WellnessLiving. 

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to call, text or email us and we will do our best to help! Please be patient as we are bound to get many questions, meaning higher traffic and using the new system comes with a learning curve for us all. We are really excited about this change (it really comes with a great number of benefits) and hope that you are, too! 


New Services

Along with the launch of WellnessLiving, we are offering a few new appointment types and one new membership option!
Here are the details:

New 90-minute Monthly Massage Option

Along with our popular 75-minute monthly massage, we will now be offering a 90-minute option for $89/mo! So many of our monthly members have been booking their 75-minute massage with an additional 15 minutes each month, so this move seemed like a no-brainer! The membership will officially be available tomorrow, but if you'd like to get a head start, click here to fill out the agreement form (you'll need to do this whether you're switching from the 75-minute membership to the 90-minute membership OR you're enrolling for the first time to either option).

New targeted, 30-minute treatments on our menu

Our most popular time frames for massage are 60, 75 & 90 minute sessions. But every so often, we do have clients that book a 30 minute session to get some targeted pain relief in a small window of time that fits a tighter budget. So we thought, why not make it even easier and add some specialized, 30-minute session to our menu for good? And with that, we give you four new, 30-minute sessions: JUST head and neck, JUST foot massage, JUST Hands and Feet, JUST my spine. Click here to read descriptions of each service. They will be officially available tomorrow and we'll send you a special email offer to try one!


New General Manager

Some of you know that Rebecca is having a baby! And soon! So as not to have everything go haywire in her absence, we've hired some fresh management. Ok, well, she's not really new to us, per se. Nor has she been hired. But promoted! Kaesie Slinger, a lady of many hats around here, has been working for SLC Prenatal Massage behind the scenes for three years! She's demonstrated loyalty, commitment and overall mad skills, so we knew there wasn't anyone else more perfect for the job. We think she's rad and now she's our general manager so you'll be seeing a lot more of her face around the office. Yay, Kaesie!


New Therapists on Staff

We'll shout it from the rooftops - WE HAVE SO MANY THERAPISTS NOW WHICH MEANS YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT WEEKS TO GET IN FOR A MASSAGE!! This is a great thing, people! Earlier this year, we were so overbooked that we had to turn clients away, we just didn't have enough therapists for the demand that is the BEST prenatal massage in Utah. Introducing Amy, Brandy, Caroline, Clarissa & Cree. They are each AHHH-MAZ-ING. We now have eight therapists on staff - EIGHT. So give us a call because it's likely you can get in for a massage THIS week :)... maybe even TODAY! 

Turning Breech Babies

Breech positioning means that the baby in your pregnant belly is head up instead of head down. Ideally, at the time of birth, a baby should be head down and facing your spine. This is a great little blurb at Birth Without Fear that describes breech positioning. One publication suggests that 20-25% of babies are breech under 28 weeks, 7-16 % are breech at 32 weeks and only 3-4% are breech at term. You can view an illustration of various breech positions here.

 
 

Many women believe that a breech baby will result in an automatic c-section delivery and that’s just not true. (See links at end of this article for more information.)

This article is to offer some natural alternatives and methods for turning breech babies.

If you have learned that your baby is breech and you are wondering “Is there anything you can do to help my breech baby turn naturally?” …the answer is YES! Although nobody can guarantee the result (babies do what babies do), there are several gentle alternatives to explore.

1. Webster Technique Chiropractic. The Webster Technique is a specific mode of chiropractic that works directly with the uterine ligaments. There are three pairs of uterine ligaments that act as “tethers” to provide balance and support to the growing uterus. These ligaments attach directly to bones on the inside of the pelvic bowl. One possible reason a baby could be breech (head up instead of head down in utero) is that the pelvis is not aligned, therefore creating more tension on ligaments on one side and a chronically lopsided uterus. Chiropractors who are certified and proficient in the Webster Technique will help to balance the pelvis and the uterine ligaments, thus potentially increasing “room” in the uterus by releasing any unnecessary tension. There are a handful of good chiropractors in Utah who do the Webster Technique and have good success rates helping babies to turn around. Two that we refer to regularly are Shanon Nelson of Legacy Chiropractic & Wellness in Draper, Utah and G. Shaun Reynolds of Family Chiropractic & Wellness, also in Draper. They are both listed on our BirthPages.

2. Acupuncture. Acupuncture done regularly with the focus of turning a breech baby can also be very effective! If you don’t understand it, don’t scoff, just TRY it. It’s cheaper than a c-section and at a very minimum can help you balance the energies of your pregnant body in many ways. Two Acupuncturists that we regularly refer to who are proficient with the needs of pregnant women and turning breech babies with acupuncture are Dean Woolstenhume and Bea Hammond, both in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are both listed on our BirthPages.

3. External Manual Version. This more invasive approach takes place usually at a hospital, where doctors apply pressure to your belly with their hands while using ultrasound and fetal monitoring, and literally try to turn the baby from the outside. Some women say it is very painful, and there are risks associated with it. But this is another option that is less invasive than a c-section. Talk to your prenatal care provider for more information about this procedure.

4. External Manual Version by a homebirth midwife. I do know some amazingly skilled professional midwives that have gently turned a breech baby in their office. Call us for referrals if you are interested in having a direct-entry midwife attempt to help you. Midwifery is far more ancient of an art than modern obstetrics. Midwives traditionally value tools such as their intuition, keen observation skills, connection with the client and baby, and their HANDS. Of course they do also utilize other types of modern technology to listen to baby’s heart rate and such, but generally speaking, a midwife is another great resource to turn to for help with a breech baby.

5. Massage, Acupressure, and Essential Oils. At Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, working with pregnant physiology is our expertise. We can help release tension in your pelvis, hips, lower back and more which may affect the position of your baby. We can skillfully work acupressure points that can affect the baby’s positioning. We exclusively use doTerra Certified 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. They have incredible healing properties physically and emotionally. If your baby is breech and you come to our office for a prenatal massage, we can treat you to several natural approaches that promote overall balance physically, mentally, and emotionally.

6. Visualization. Visualization is actually really powerful! I often suggest to clients that they do two things:

1) feel the feelings of relief you will feel when the baby turns. (it’s much more calming to feel relieved when you think about baby turning than fixating on the idea that the baby won’t turn!).

2) Picture that baby head down, facing your tailbone. See the baby doing a gentle nosedive. In your minds eye, watch that little person wiggle gently and find that head-down position and stay in it. Do this often. Relax, and meditate on your baby finding that optimum position for birth. SEE the result you want. SEE the baby being born headfirst.

7. Consider addressing and working through any emotional barriers. Having worked with the body for almost two decades, it is my strong belief that there is a high correlation between emotions and thoughts and what is physically being manifested in the body. When a baby is breech, some women find it useful to consider the possibility that they are holding back in some way, feeling not ready,  and so forth. If your baby is breech and you are a survivor of sexual abuse or trauma, I strongly suggest doing some energy work, emotional release work, or something along those lines, to help clear the energy of trauma.

Also consider clearing any resentments or issues with your own mother, or fears about birth, parenting this child, or any other deep-seated issue regarding pregnancy, birth, motherhood, womanhood, and sexuality.

And… if this sounds super weird to you, ignore it.

8. SpinningBabies.com is an EXCELLENT resource for turning breech babies and exploring the awesome world of “optimum fetal positioning”. The woman who runs the site offers many articles and videos and how-to’s regarding inversions and various positions you can do yourself that help relax uterine ligaments and work with the assistance of gravity to turn a breech baby. Check it out, and try what she suggests.

For example, one midwifery textbook suggests elevating your hips 18 inches while lying on your back, for 20 minutes at a time, three times a day. The idea here is to work with gravity to encourage turning.

9. Consider all your options! Breech does not always equal c-section. If you are SUPER COMMITTED to delivering vaginally and your baby is breech, it’s totally possible! However, most doctors are not trained in vaginal deliveries of breech babies anymore. It’s way easier for them to perform major abdominal surgery than deal with the possible complications and elevated risks of a vaginal delivery of a breech baby. There are risks of c-sections and there are risks of breech births (Hello… there are RISKS OF LIFE ITSELF but that’s another article!) – you have to weigh the risks. We also know of some midwives who are skilled and experienced with breech deliveries and might be a good resource for you. Most of them, however, will only take on a breech client if the mother is 100% confident in her ability to birth a breech baby. Emotional and mental preparation makes a big difference.

This is a PDF that offers some good suggestions for naturally turning breech babies. If you have any questions or need further resources, feel free to contact us.

And, even if a c-section was not a part of your Birth Plan, please know that there are definitely times to exercise that option. Either way, YOU have to make an informed decision that feels right to you and be 100% responsible for your choice.

A few resources supporting the normalcy of breech vaginal birth:

Article: “Breech Babies are another variation of normal”

Article: Breech Does Not Equal C-Section

Article: No More Automatic C-Section for Breech Birth (Canada)

Article: New Rearch: Traditional Deliveries for Breech Babies Often Safer Than C-Sections

“The conclusions? Not only are breech babies generally at no more at risk during vaginal delivery than if delivered by C-section, but natural vaginal delivery is far safer for mothers…Glezerman emphasized at the Canadian meeting that a C-section is not simply another method of delivering a baby. It is a major surgical procedure that carries with it some potentially life threatening risks; it also decreases the chances a woman can breastfeed. What’s more, having a C-section also increases risks for women when they become pregnant again in the future. That’s because once a woman has delivered by C-section, it becomes more dangerous and occasionally impossible to deliver vaginally because the Caesarian section surgery raises the risk uterine walls and muscles could rupture during birth.

Article: Is Breech Vaginal Delivery Safe?

Article: Breech Vaginal Birth is Not an Emergency

Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is Sponsoring "Kid Labs" Meetup - FREE family photo shoot and Street Art Party this Friday

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Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is proud to sponsor a FUN, FREE community event all about art, kids, and family!

This Friday, July 3, from 3-7pm, you and your children ages 3-17 are invited (babes in arms too!) to come down and appreciate some "Street Art" in Sugarhouse. 

We will have a DJ spinning family-friendly tunes and hosting games, snacks provided by Trader Joe's, and we will have some photographers on hand to take pictures of you and your kids using the incredible backdrop of a warehouse that has been painted by some very talented Street Artists. 

The photos will be used for Kid Labs promotional purposes, but you will also get a copy to keep!

One of the missions of Kid Labs is to support local artists and give kids a hands-on learning experience, and kids in attendance will have the chance to collaborate on a mural that will be installed in the forthcoming Kid Labs Creative Studio. 

We invite you to come on this adventure and explore this part of Sugarhouse that many don't know exists! 

Better yet, we CHALLENGE YOU to take TRAX! It's the 500E Stop on the S Line (Wilmington Avenue, right on the border of South Salt Lake and Sugarhouse). Parking is limited, and our party place, the Graffiti House, as we call it, is really only accessible via TRAX. Here's a map. 

RSVP here and also visit Kid Labs on Facebook.


What Postpartum Depression Looks Like

Postpartum depression, you are the thief in the night.

I'm fine. I'm not depressed.

I'm just angry and irritated at my husband all the time. 

But I'm super productive and I get out of bed, so, I'm not depressed...

I just feel trapped

and angry

and resentful of my child

(...but doesn't every first time mom feel that way, if she really told the truth?)

And all the other moms around me seem to be fine with THREE kids

So apparently I'm the only one who struggles, and being the strong woman that I am, I'd like to keep that to myself, thankyouverymuch.

I'm fine. I'll just keep going. 

I'll just keep pretending I LOVE MOTHERHOOD... when the truth is... I really liked going to work so I could feel like I accomplished something. 

My life is no longer mine. I am with a babe at my breast, all day, all night. I hardly sleep. My body is not mine. My time is not mine. My plans fail on a regular basis. My hands are never free. I am stuck. I am chained. 

But I can't tell anyone this.

HE can go skiing. But I can't even take a shower, or get to the store without barf all over me, a poop blowout up baby's back, or having to stop to nurse, or driving ten minutes with a screaming infant in the back seat. God help me. I feel so out of control. 

But... do I really have the right to complain? My planned home birth was awesome, my pregnancy was great, my child is healthy and beautiful, I have so much to be grateful for, so I shouldn't be upset, or ungrateful AT ALL.

And then, sooner than planned...

I'm pregnant again. 

Here comes our second child. His birth - all 9.5 lbs of him - passes through my body with no pain. His birth is rapid and ecstatic, and joyful. I want to do it again.

I still resent my husband most of the time

And we have no money

And I feel like I'm drowning with a not-quite-two year old and a newborn...

But then I remember that my mother - my dear mother - had SIX children at my age, and NINE children by age 38. I can do two. My sister has two children with disabilities, one requiring constant care. I can do this. 

Postpartum Depression is a label that does not fit me AT ALL.  My newborn is 5 months old, and when my husband's business collapses, I started a business of my own out of necessity (and inspiration)... and it's thriving. It's the year 2009, and I'm seeing 30 prenatal massage clients a week. I'm growing so fast I have to hire employees to help. I'm making a real difference in the community. I'm a doula now too, on call for as many as five births a month; I'm also now a paid musician, performing music on stage four nights a week; I'm super busy and my husband... well, in addition to trying to get some new work-from-home endeavors off the ground, he stays home with the kids. He sings them to sleep. He sees my baby's first steps. I barely remember my second child's babyhood. It's a blur. I don't love the burden of providing for our family.

I wish I could just be a mom. 

And then I remember, THAT was hard too.

Something feels really wrong. 

I can't breathe.  And I still resent my husband most of the time. He can never do enough. I hate where we are in life. I make sure he knows that it's his fault. We have lots of ups and downs. I'm sinking. 


Postpartum Depression... You sneaky little bitch. 

It is now 2015. My children are both in school, ages eight and six. And my husband? We've been separated for almost two years. 

It's brutal to hear my children cry themselves to sleep sometimes. One night, after their daddy moved out, my youngest (who learned American Sign Language as a baby) signed "Sad. Mom. Dad. Family"-- because the sobs that are shaking his little body prevent him from speaking. 

It has taken me EIGHT YEARS to realize my workaholism is a way of avoiding depression, that I thrive on the highs of accomplishment. I am so busy that I don't ever have to stop to feel anything. And this, in some ways is a good thing. But clearly, like any addiction, it costs me dearly. It costs me my connection with my children. It costs me my marriage. 

Last summer, I mentioned to one of my sisters that everything, and I mean e v e r t h i n g just felt SO hard. 

Like, I'm hungry, but preparing food sounds way too hard. 

Or, I'd pick that spoon up off the floor...later.

"Yeah," she says, "you know that's how my depression feels. Everything is tooooo daaaamn haaaard."

...Which doesn't make sense!  That's just... laziness and resistance.

I notice that some days I just can't handle anything. I have NO patience. NO tolerance. Lots of anger. The smallest misstep sends me into a spiral of hopelessness. Some days I fantasize about rolling my car to make my death look completely accidental.

One morning, you know, the WORST MORNING EVER - I keep my children home from school -- both crying their hearts out because of my angry interactions and frustration with them...with everything. I collapse on the couch in despair. I AM THE WORST MOM EVER AND I SHOULD NOT BE A MOTHER. I call that same sister, sobbing, not able to speak, and she knows. She knows I need help. After we hang up, she sends a text message saying, "Hang on Bec, the cavalry is coming." 

She sends mom over to get the kids. She sends over my brother who happens to be in town, to sit with me. He listens with love to the nonsense pouring out of my mind and mouth. He brings me Starbucks. He reassures me I'm okay and everything will be okay. Two more sisters call me to check on me. They know. They have struggled too. 

I realize

these might be signs of depression.

My midwife agrees, maybe I might function better with a prescription - just to TRY it. Mrs no-drugs-natural-childbirth-natural-everything agrees to manage her mental health with a prescription. I keep it in my purse for a week just to give me time to wrap my head around it. It's terrifying to me to take that step because it seems to go against everything I believe.

It changes my life.

Five days into my prescription, for the first time in over a decade, I wake up "happy" like, normal baseline happy. And it is in that moment that I realize by contrast, how I have been living - underwater gasping for air - thinking THAT'S normal.

Zero feels wonderful when you're used to -10. 

I feel like myself, a self I haven't felt in almost a decade. I can't believe I waited this long. I am so sad. I cry now, for a different reason. I cry because I am so sad that I didn't know. That I didn't get help sooner. 

Postpartum Depression, I finally open up to face you

I had no idea for eight years and maybe more...that you were running my life. 

Nothing is wrong with me... or maybe if there is, it's simply that my brain just doesn't produce enough serotonin, that's all. I am not to blame.

Nor is the father of my children. 

I was convinced HE was the reason I felt terrible all the time. Now, I'm not certain. In fact, I wonder how it would have been different had I had the resources to support HIM emotionally.

Oh Rob, I'm so sorry. Please, please forgive me. I didn't know. I'm SO sorry.

Postpartum Depression,

You took my marriage, you took my joy. You took my peace. 

I finally understand. I see you. I know what you are.

I grieve. I grieve a lot.. but I finally understand. 

And I'm healing

and dealing

with postpartum depression.

No, my baby is not sleeping through the night and the next person who asks me will get punched in the face.

 

Nine months of sleep deprivation (OK, ten or 11 if you count the end of pregnancy) and this is EXACTLY how I felt.

You see, I was raised in a natural-birthing, home-birthing, attachment-parenting, baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding, nursing on demand kind of  family. I have four older sisters, all of whom are VERY opinionated on this topic.

So, by the time I was expecting my first child, I was fully indoctrinated to follow every word that came out of Dr. Sears’ mouth.

Shawn was a very healthy baby. Born at home in the fall of 2006, 8.5 lbs, and was 20 lbs by his three month birthday. My sisters lovingly called him FatBaby (only they said it "Faaat Baybay" with a the same tone of voice as when you want to devour something delicious). He was an enormous butterball with that drew stares from strangers. He was so big that I actually sustained a shoulder injury while trying to lower his carseat into its base in the car! On the other hand, I was proud that my breasts seemed to produce pure milkshakes. This was my newfound superpower; I had enough milk to feed quadruplets, I’m sure of that.

Mastering breastfeeding for the first time was amazing, but as soon as I mastered the art of breastfeeding while lying on my SIDE I realized I had discovered the great secret that allowed me to sleep AND nurse instead of getting up in the middle of the night to nurse while nodding off in my rocking chair.

Shawn slept with us. I had no fears about that. We had a bassinet by the bed (he exceeded the weight limit very quickly….) but as all first time moms have a compulsion to check that the baby is still breathing, for several reasons I found it easier to just let him sleep with us.

Every time he’d so much as chirp, I’d roll over, whip the boob out, and plugged him in and nurse him back to sleep. This went on for nine months. I didn’t want to pump, I didn’t want to wake hubby to get up and feed baby…. it was just...convenient.

It solved certain problems but created more. Shawn was eating every 2-3 hours AROUND THE CLOCK. I felt like a machine. I needed a break. I needed REST. I was totally confused about this part of motherhood. I was nursing and napping all day and all night. I felt like I couldn’t do anything else or go anywhere. My Magic Boobs were Shawn’s only consolation in life. He was dependent on me obviously, but  I was dependent on nursing him to get him to do what I wanted - calm him down, stop crying, go to sleep, take a nap, stay asleep. Night and day. Did I mention this went on for nine months?!

                            4 days old... "I GOT THIS!"

                           4 days old... "I GOT THIS!"

I was totally sleep deprived after 9 months of this and I was a total, complete WRECK (especially when other moms told me they had NOOOOO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER getting their baby to nap and to sleep for the night). I asked what they did and they were like, I don't even understand your question. Clearly I had missed something. I was beginning to resent baby Shawn for not being one of those easy, sleepy babies. My chiropractor asked if Shawn was sleeping through the night and I burst into tears, feeling like a totally defective mother.

And, I couldn't just let him cry it out.  That was not an option for my mother heart. Nobody I asked seem to remember how they did it. It was some grand mystery of motherhood that just kind of "happens" apparently.

I got online and started doing some research about how to get babies to go the hell to sleep. I came across videos and newsclips, ebooks and websites, mommy Yahoo Groups (yes, this was pre-facebook and the internet moved a tad slower than it now does.)

I found BabyWise. I got the book from the library and read it immediately. It felt like salvation…. the idea of putting your baby on YOUR schedule and making sure your needs are met first. Then, I dug deeper and unearthed some serious controversies with that method that completely turned me off. I tossed the book. I was back to square one. My hopes had been dashed to pieces.

I found Kim West, AKA The Sleep Lady, and after watching some of her principles in action via news clips, I put Faaat Baybay in the car and drove straight to Barnes and Noble and bought her book. I read it right away. I immediately committed to implementing her advice. This was gentle, humane, not the cry-it-out method, but what she called Sleep TRAINING. This was the first time it ever occurred to me that going to sleep and staying asleep and self-soothing is a SKILL that many babies must learn. It’s not just inherently programmed.

Wow. That made a lot of sense. And, I’m not a failure of a mother, best news of the year besides "It's a Boy!".

The hardest part about implementing her program was to confront all MY bad habits. I read in her book that many babies don’t sleep well because of the parents’ training the child to become totally dependent on being rocked to sleep, driven to sleep, swung to sleep, and in my case….nursed into oblivion. Those are what she calls sleep crutches, and we rely on them for sanity but they are not a long term solution.

                                          In a milk-drunk slumber :)

                                         In a milk-drunk slumber :)

I also had to give up my idea that cosleeping was the only true way. I realized that in my case there was a lot of CO but not a whole lot of SLEEPING. I was desperate to have a night of full sleep - please just even FIVE HOURS would be amazing - all apologies to Dr. Sears and my sisters.

I set up the crib - in our room - and committed to it.

It takes about two weeks of Kim West’s program to get your baby on a good sleeping schedule. It WAS THE HARDEST TWO WEEKS OF MY LIFE. All I did was sleep train it seemed. I got nothing else done, I swear.  I asked my husband for reassurance during the moments I wanted to resort back to my old ways. We were a united front. My mental and emotional health depended on it!

The first thing I learned was “The Sleep Lady Shuffle” - which is a way of sort of weaning your baby from YOUR sleep-interrupting habits. You are, in effect, teaching your child to know that you are there, even though he/she can’t see you, and that you will respond to him/her if needed. You get them 90% asleep and then put them in the crib to do the rest on their own. First you sit right by the crib. Then, you sit halfway to the door. Then you sit AT the door. Then, finally, I had my victory lap: Shawn dozed off to sleep in his crib and I walked out of the room. He stayed alseep.  It was the perfect mix of what my mommy heart wanted for me and my baby.

Kim also taught me about baby sleep cycles and habits like this fact: baby sleep cycles change every three months! So for all you moms that think you have the hang of it and then BAM, baby pulls a fast one on you - this is normal. Go back to the Sleep Lady Shuffle.  Her book was my bible for the next several months.

Oh and also, I learned I'd been duped into thinking FatBaby had a short nap and then I went to his rescue all confused and whatnot. The Sleep Lady explains: Babies come up to the surface of sleep during their cycles. YOU think they are awake, but they aren't. I learned not to rush in every time I heard a squawk. He would soon settle and get back into REM sleep, which would usually give me just enough time to do something amazing, like, the dishes. 

Oh - and as it turns out babies CAN go several hours through the night without needing to eat. I mean, it's not like FatBaby was starving - just look at him. This meant I didn't have to nurse him between the hours of 10pm and 5am. THANK GOODNESS. This helped my milk production shift one gear lower than hyperspeed.

                                                            FAAAT BAYBAY!

                                                           FAAAT BAYBAY!

But - the point is - it WORKED. Within that first two weeks, Shawn was sleeping at least 9 hours through the night, and taking TWO 2-3 hour naps during the day. I feel like I had balance. I had sanity. And best of all, I had longer showers and time to *gasp* blow my hair dry!

I share this with you because, as a doula and a prenatal massage therapist, and of course as a Mom, I am constantly encountering women who were just like me - frustrated, discouraged, depressed, sleep deprived, resentful… it doesn’t have to be that way.

I wanted to make sure I was giving my clients the BEST resources out there, so I went to the library and checked out and read literally every book on baby sleep habits, sleep training, sleep programs. By far my favorite is Good Night, Sleep Tight by Kim West. It works. I can personally attest to that.

By the time I had my second baby, Ryan, I was baby wise. (See what I did there?). I went back to the book and learned how to start off on the right foot with my newborn…. how to help him sort out his days from his nights, how to get through those first days establishing breastfeeding, how to help him soothe himself. He was sleeping soundly in regular, age-appropriate increments from the get-go. It was absolutely necessary to have this kind of cohesion while parenting two kids under two.

The first time I got them to take naps at the SAME TIME I felt like the queen of the world!

So - just sharing my story and passing along this great resource to all you sleep deprived mamas. Kim West now has a training program and has released an army of trained Sleep Coaches. Not sure if we have any yet in Utah (although I seriously considered becoming the first!)

Order the book Good Night, Sleep Tight by Kim West, or visit http://sleeplady.com/ for more great resources, and free downloads.

Happy napping and GET SOME SLEEP!

Valentine's Day was a hit!

We are so happy that so many of you took advantage of our Valentine's Day special offerings. We had a VERY full schedule on Friday Feb 13th and Saturday Feb 14th to make Valentine's Day special with massage therapy.

We turned away many clients calling last minute to see if they could get in. (Wives, tell your husbands to plan ahead next year!)

Couples Massage was such a hit that we have decided to make it a permanent offering at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage (more on that later!)

We had all 7 of our massage therapists working to accommodate the demand for appointments on Valentine's Day. Rebecca baked cupcakes, Brianna decorated them, and in our waiting room we had a lovely spread of organic bread and butter and jams, yogurt, granola bars, hot Lemon Ginger Tea, Raspberry Lemonade, and chocolates all around the office. All clients received a Trader Joes Organic Chocolate Bar after their session. 

(And we also discovered while introducing everyone in the office to a new client, that we have a Savannah, Joanna, and Brianna on staff. Try saying that ten times fast! )

Thank you for allowing us to make your Valentine's Day 2015 super SPECIAL!

 


Can massage naturally and safely induce labor?

Ahh... due dates. In my experience, due dates are the number one cause of stress during a normal pregnancy... and I'm not kidding. It's right around 39 weeks...40 weeks...41 weeks that we get panicked phone calls from moms asking us "HELP ME, DO SOMETHING, RELAX ME, MASSAGE ME, ACUPRESSURE ME.... GET THIS BABY OUT!" Motives range from "I'm miserable and just DONE" to "my mother is flying in" to "my doctor is going out of town" to "my doctor won't let me go past 41 weeks."

I have news for you, my dear friends: babies don't have calendars.

They don't care what day you think they are supposed to arrive. Unless you have a good reason to interfere, babies just come when they're plain ready.

But I certainly sympathize! I used to say that pregnancy was one month too long, because by about 36 weeks, I felt just perfect, not too uncomfortable. Then it seems I started hanging on for dear life, counting down the days and minutes (as if that were even possible.) Then, I became the target for all kinds of unsolicited comments and questions like:

"Wow, when are you due?" (Ten days ago. Pick your jaw back up off the floor.)

"When are they going to induce you?" (Who is this mysterious "they" of whom you speak? Midwives don't induce for home births. But I don't want to have to explain my birth choices to you.)

"When are they going to take the baby?" (Umm... Like, an alien abduction? Sorry, nobody is going to "take" my baby.)

  That's me, 41 weeks and 2 days pregnant in 2006. Puffy and forcing a smile.

That's me, 41 weeks and 2 days pregnant in 2006. Puffy and forcing a smile.

"How far are they going to let you go past your due date?" (Well... again, this is my body, my baby, my birth - so as long as my midwive says things look great, I'm going to just wait until the baby decides to come. I know, weird to make my own informed choice, huh?)

"How many more days (till the baby comes)?" (As if I know. Next time you plant a seed, please tell me the exact date the fruit will be ripe and fall from the tree.) :D

Apparently my first little guy decided to show up at 42 weeks. Completely normal for a first-time, low-risk mom. In fact, 40 weeks is pretty inaccurate for first time moms. Studies show first time moms tend to give birth around 41.5 weeks.

So, according to my holy due date, my first baby was TWO WEEKS LATE! or was he??

According to one due date calculator, he was "due" September 3rd, 2006.
According to another, September 11th, 2006.
Ultrasound at 20 weeks said September 9th, 2006.
But he arrived on September 20th, 2006.

After he was born, I found another online due date calculator that allowed for an adjustment of up to a 45-day menstrual cycle (which was my body's average at the time he was conceived. Hooray for irregular periods.) Out of curiosity, I plugged in my LMP prior to his conception and guess what it spit out? A due date of September 20th, 2006. The day he was born. My next baby coincidentally was also "due" mid-September two years later (I refused to give a 'date') - but if you must know, he was born three days after his "due date". Here's a blog entry about how I worked through the stressful belief that my baby was supposed to be born already.

Due date calculators mostly assume you have a 28-day cycle and that you ovulate on day 14 of that cycle. Not so. Not for many women, and certainly not for me. It's a complete guess, an estimate, an average. If you want to see how accurate "averages" are for YOU, just go to the shoe store and purchase for yourself anything in the "average" shoe size for women - don't bother trying it on. Or the average pant size, or hat size, or ring size. It's guaranteed to fit you. :D

I'd like to rent a billboard that says "Your Baby's Due Dates is a GUESS, not a scheduled departure!"

Hang on - isn't this supposed to be an article about massage to naturally induce labor?

Right! My rant is over.

First and foremost, when we get phone calls at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage requesting "natural labor stimulation massage" I urge my pregnant friends to think about what their motive is for wanting to do something to "get this baby out."

'Cause here's the thing: Just about every woman starts getting antsy around 38 weeks. Why? Because you know your baby's birth is certainly coming, and knowing that, suddenly the joy in the present moment is robbed by the future looming above your head. You stop being "here" and your mind is out there in the future somewhere. THAT is what creates most of the stress and anxiety at the end of pregnancy and makes women say "I'm DONE." ('cept your not, 'cause if there is a baby in there, your pregnancy is not over. Facts are facts, regardless of your opinion.)

Aches and pains and extreme discomfort can make you want to jump the gun. But that's what Salt Lake Prenatal Massage is here for. You really don't have to be in pain. We can help make you as comfortable as humanly possible.

SO - my philosophy is that women are mammals, and just like any mammal, we won't go into labor when we are watched, threatened, chased, and pressured. So if any of those adjectives apply to you, you've got to stop and think about shifting your perspective.

When you are experiencing stress, your body releases hormones into your bloodstream that trigger other hormones and messages that govern physiological processes. These hormones can interfere with the normal process of labor.

(For example, a friend of mine was expecting her third child. She and her husband were in the process of a divorce and she did NOT want him at the birth. He showed up anyway. Within moments of his arrival, her intense labor came to a screeeeching halt and the midwife had to ask the dad to leave. As soon as she felt safe again, labor picked up and baby was born. Point: How you feel emotionally can affect your body's ability to labor.)

Therefore, I say, if you are stressed - even just about your due date - your body is going to have a harder time going into labor. If you feel like you have to give birth on someone else's timeline, and it's creating stress for you, you might want to reconsider your choices and ask questions or make changes so that YOU feel safe and supported. A watched pot never boils!

SO! Can Massage naturally induce labor?

Well, be clear, there is no magic point to rub that will start the process. You can't think of labor stimulation massage like getting a pitocin IV (And - realize that there are times when even pitocin fails to induce labor. p.s. you can read all about the risks of Pitocin/Elective Induction here.) Your body has to be ready. Your mind has to be ready. Your BABY has to be ready! Your life will not be easier with baby on the outside, ask any mother!

How can massage help induce labor? Well, massage will help lower the stress hormones in the bloodstream. It will also help raise the output of the feel-good hormones in the bloodstream. It is my strong belief and theory that lowering stress hormones can help in the natural labor process.

Acupressure has also been shown to significantly impact the body's ability to go into labor. I've read studies, and I teach my staff about it. So we work certain acupressure points during a labor stimulation massage and teach our clients how to do it themselves. Acupressure needs to be repeated several times daily.

Certain essential oils (extracts from plants and flowers) have chemical properties that can help stimulate uterine activity. We use a special combination of essential oils during a labor stimulation massage. Can't hurt - and sure smells good!

There's more to it, but we can't let all of our secrets out!

If you would like to make an appointment for a labor stimulation massage, we recommend you schedule your first session for 75 minutes so that we can do a full massage PLUS acupressure. (If you schedule 60 mins, we have to leave some of the massage out so that we have time for acupressure.)

We also recommend you come back daily, or as often as possible, for repeat sessions (only $58 each when you are coming daily for labor stim!) until you have the baby. Natural processes take time, and our approach is gentle and is more effective when repeated.

We have clients who SWEAR that we put them in labor. Maybe... but the thing is, that baby is going to come out one way or the other, so we can't take total credit for "putting a woman in labor with massage". It could be coincidence, or not, we just don't know. Sometimes women feel great relief from doing anything they feel helps them along in a gentle, natural, non-intrusive way.

We offer labor stimulation massage sessions to women who are 39 weeks and beyond, for whom no medical condition exists tht would make labor stimulation inadvisable. If we can help make your final days of pregnancy a little easier, please give us a call at 801-784-6511

Efficacy aside, I certainly can state unequivocally that having repeat massage sessions at the final stretch of your pregnancy will work wonders for your body, mind and soul.

Here's what our clients have to say:

I love Salt Lake Prenatal Massage. It's nice to go somewhere that has the facilities and tools to give you a quality prenatal massage. I know from experience that other places will offer prenatal massages but they don't even have the education or tools to do a good job. As a side note: I came in at 41 weeks pregnant for a labor stimulation massage from Rebecca Overson and it put me into labor. Thanks! If you are planning a natural birth be sure to schedule a massage here as you near labor. It will help you relax and prepare you for the birth. Not only it is SO relaxing, but Rebecca is incredibly supportive and makes you feel like you can accomplish anything in the world. I left feeling like a rockstar! - Mom of One, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rebecca,

My baby was born the day after I last saw you!! Thanks again for the awesome massage!! I swear you have magic hands! My labor was fast and intense. I was having mild contractions that night, not unlike what I had all week, I got into bed and all of a sudden my water broke and I felt like i was in transition! 45 min later our daughter was born. We barely made it to the hospital in time. She is littlle, 5lb 11oz but healthy and happy. I am also feeling good.

Thanks again for fitting me in on such short notice. It was so nice meeting you. Take care!

RS, North Salt Lake, Utah
Mother of two

“I went to Salt Lake Prenatal Massage for a natural labor stimulation massage when I was 41 weeks along. It was incredible and absolutely worth it. I was lucky to have the owner, Rebecca Overson, as my massage therapist. Rebecca spent a lot of time working pressure points and relieving the tension in my body. She used an amazing blend of aromatherapy oils that she created herself.

I loved being able to relax and focus on my body and baby during the massage. Oh and being able to lay on my stomach was pure bliss!

Rebecca was a joy to visit with because we have very similar views on pregnancy and childbirth. Besides being a LMT she is also a trained birth doula. She knew exactly how to make a pregnant girl feel supported, empowered, and beautiful.

Rebecca went two weeks overdue with her first baby, so she could definitely empathize with me and also encourage me. Like me, Rebecca didn’t want to be induced and wanted to let the baby come on his own. It was so refreshing that when I walked in the door and she asked how far along I was that she didn’t say “Oh you poor thing!” Instead she said, “That’s normal!”

…follow up email received from the same woman only 7 hours later:

“Hey Heidi,

I was planning to schedule another natural labor stimulation appointment for next week but I am in labor now!  Please let Rebecca know I really appreciated the massage and I know it helped set things in motion.

Thanks, H.B.”