Prenatal / Pregnancy Massage

Performed by a trained perinatal specialist, many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe prenatally and during labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized, advanced training in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions, and contraindications is highly recommended, and many practitioners require referrals from physicians prior to therapy.

These Practitioners can offer Prenatal / Pregnancy Massage in their Sessions:

Adrian Kyle

A good massage will activate a deep state of relaxation and well being throughout the whole body. It is my hope to facilitate a pain-free, balanced state of being for each client. I use an integrated and compassionate approach that combines over eighteen years of professional experience. [Read more...]

Laurel Wanner

I graduated in 1992 from Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz, certified with a focus in Swedish and Polarity.  I have since studied table Shiatsu, deep Swedish and Prenatal which I incorporate into my work when appropriate. [Read more…]

Nicholette Keel

Nicholette Keel graduated from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. She incorporates modalities of Swedish, Shiatsu, specialty Pre-Natal, stretching, acupressure, and Polarity Therapy with her fifteen years of industry experience. Her intuitive understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection serves to assist clients in releasing chronic tension and imbalances. Her goal to her clients is for general well-being and optimal health. Her style is best described as slow, firm, relaxing, and nurturing. She accomplishes this by using a combination of long flowing sweeping strokes with specific pressure points that target key areas of stress. Her unique sensitivity enables her to fine tune and craft the massage session around each client’s individual needs. As an active athlete and body-worker, she understands the importance of flexibility and range of motion that massage therapy serves to address repetitive stress injury, fatigue, and tight muscles. She is skilled in using pressure from light to firm with a diverse range of modalities to help clients achieve deep relaxation and recovery.

Pearl Jones

Pearl is native to Santa Cruz, and second generation massage therapist. Graduated locally from Cypress Health Institute in 2011. She has spent the last 8 years practicing massage and becoming the intuitive healer she is today. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Hot-Stone, Chakra- clearing, and Polarity energy work. On her time, off she enjoys adventuring about our beautiful community with her husband and 3 sons. After all of her years in Santa Cruz, she still finds new treasures to be experienced. Change and newness are joys in life.

Stacy Day

Stacy works with Esalen & Swedish Massage and adds stretching and energy work when requested. Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 1994, Master’s in Holistic Health and Philosophy.  Graduate of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, certificates for acupressure from Thailand, and Jin Shin Do. Certificates from Esalen Institute for Deep Massage and Pelvic Core. Stacy is also available for Body Care Treatments, Deep Tissue, and Prenatal Massage.

Tomek Walas

Tomek offers a wide variety of modalities for massage therapy including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Release, Clinical Therapy, Pregnancy, Sports, Myofacial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Post Operative Massage as well as Cranio Sacral Therapy. He combines these modalities to relieve the client’s symptoms which may include sports and work injuries, as well as aid in stress reduction and relaxation.