The Benefits of Hiring a Birth Doula

The Benefits of Hiring a Birth Doula

birth doulaWhat is a birth doula?

The word “doula” comes from the Greek word for “woman who serves.”

Throughout history, women have been giving birth with the support of female family members and friends. Drawings and illustrations of this milestone event often show a doula or midwife assisting with the birth, and one or more women giving comfort and attending to the needs of the mother.

Childbirth in modern times has become a more clinical affair, with the result of increased safety for both the mother and child during this once-dangerous experience. Babies are delivered in hospitals, with doctors and nurses attending to the birth.

One person, often the father of the baby, is usually present to provide the mother with encouragement and other non-medical support. In recent years, however, there has been a trend toward returning in part to traditional ways. Awareness of the need for strong emotional support, in addition to medical expertise, has surged among expectant parents. While the baby’s father is an important part of the event, he is often faced with the daunting task of dealing with his own apprehensions, in addition to providing support to the mother. This is when the presence of a birth doula is highly beneficial. The word “doula” comes from the Greek word for “woman who serves.” Birth doulas are trained to be supportive partners of the parents during the childbirth experience. Their goal is to “comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals” (DONA International).

A birth doula serves to enhance the positive experience of childbirth by providing the following:

Physical Comfort

Studies have found that the presence of doulas during a birth often leads to shorter labors with fewer complications. Doulas provide physical comfort measures such as lower back massages, and encourage breathing techniques that ease pain and discomfort throughout the process. In the end, the laboring mother is less stressed and fearful of the experience.

Emotional Support

During the intense experience of childbirth, a woman’s emotional needs may fluctuate drastically. A trained doula understands that this is a normal part of labor, and will offer support as needed. She is there to encourage and reassure, all while respecting and following the mother’s wishes. The mother thus becomes more focused and confident of herself as she delivers her child.

Stress Relief for the Partner

Most traditional birth experiences rely on the male partner to perform a variety of tasks during an intense situation. The result is that he becomes stressed and sometimes unable to appreciate the happy event until after it is over. The presence of a doula lifts many responsibilities off his shoulders, and allows him to become involved according to his comfort level.

Enhanced Communication between Expectant Parents and Medical Staff

The birth doula may serve as a go-between for the expectant parents and the medical staff. She doesn’t make decisions regarding the medical care of the mother or child. Instead, she ensures that information is relayed both ways, and may also provide objective feedback when requested.

A Positive Birth Experience

A mother in labor is more relaxed when she knows that she has someone who is knowledgeable and whose goal is to support and care for her as she brings her child into the world. A doula’s work is to ensure a positive birth experience as much as possible. These benefits are just some of the advantages of using the services of a birth doula. Many studies have shown that the outcomes of childbirth often improve when a doula is present. These include less physical discomfort, a more relaxed and happier mother, better parent-child bonding, and enhanced breastfeeding, which in itself leads to healthier newborns and mothers.

Here at All Body Kneads, I will begin providing birth doula services for mothers-to-be in the greater Lansing area. These services are in addition to the excellent spa and massage services that are already available to you. Contact me today for more information.

A Short Primer on Five Different Types of Massages

A Short Primer on Five Different Types of Massages

How Many Different Types of Massages are There?

As a trained and certified massage therapist, I offer a variety of services to suit different needs. Some of these services may be familiar to you, but some may be new. So, here’s short primer on some of the different types of massages I offer, with descriptions and how each can help you live a more relaxed and energized lifestyle:

Swedish Massage

This is one of the most well-known types of massage. When people talk about massage therapy, they most likely mean a Swedish massage. It is sometimes called a “classic massage.” A Swedish massage is characterized by long gliding strokes, kneading, and circular movements on the body. Massage lotion or oil is applied to reduce friction on the skin during a session. This type of massage helps ease joint pain, muscle aches and stiffness. It also improves circulation, and facilitate healing after an injury. It is highly adaptable, and could be very gentle and relaxing. As such, it’s a great massage for new clients, or people who have never received a massage before.

Sports Massage

Sports massages are intended for athletes as a way to enhance their performance, prevent injury, and recover after an event or competition. Before an athletic event, a sports massage can be employed to warm up the muscles and increase blood flow. Afterward, the goal is to help the body deal with toxins released during physical exertion. A sports massage is also helpful for athletes who are healing from an injury. The therapist can focus on a specific problem area instead of the whole body.

Chair Massage

Chair massages are also known as seated or on-site massages. The fully-clothed client sits on a specially-designed chair, which facilitates the session. The massage is concentrated mainly on the back, arms and hands of the client. The therapist may use a variety of techniques, such as Swedish and Deep Tissue massages. An advantage of this type of massage is its versatility and portability. You can get a chair massage at public settings such as airports and malls. You can even host one at your place of business.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal (or pregnancy) massages are given to expectant mothers to help reduce stress and anxiety, and alleviate aches associated with a changing body. It”s a great therapy for back pain and swelling in the legs and arms. Proper positioning is needed to support the client”s body during a session. There are also techniques and areas of the body that must be avoided during a prenatal massage. Thus, it is very important than an expectant mother receive services only from a therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massages, as the name implies, go deeper into the muscles than a regular or Swedish massage. A massage therapist who is certified in this technique has received advanced training and understands the structure and workings of the human body. A Deep Tissue Massage can help with rehabilitation after an injury, chronic muscle pain, and conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis. It is often combined with other types of massage. These are only five of the various types of massages that I offer. As you can see, there is a massage technique for practically every need. You can contact me to learn more about these or any other services. You can also ask me questions before we begin your session.

Join a Club and Receive Additional Massage Discounts

Join a Club and Receive Additional Massage Discounts

Here at All Body Kneads, I treat my repeat customers like friends. In addition to giving discounts on massage services for cancer survivors and caregivers, I offer many ways to save on my services, such as the various clubs you can join to take advantage of special pricing options.

Birthday Club

You deserve to relax and pamper yourself on your special days. What”s better than a massage, complete with your favorite aromatherapy scent? Members of the All Body Kneads Birthday Club receive VIP pricing on birthdays, anniversaries and other special days. The club is open to individuals and families with the same last name.

Rub Club

The Rub Club is for those who want to take advantage of package pricing, without having to pay the full amount upfront. For example, the regular price of a 60-Minute Full Body Massage is $55.00. You can save by purchasing a package of Ten 60-minute massages at $450. By joining the Rub Club, you won”t have to pay the full $450 upfront for the package. Instead, as a member, you”ll pay $45 for each of the 10 massages, as you come in. So you”ll get the package price, without the upfront cost. In addition, you”ll get a free add-on service. The Rub Club is open to both individuals and families.

Knead Club

This is the ultimate club for my regular customers. Knead Club members lock in current prices for as long as they want. I want you to be relaxed, and come in knowing you”ll get the same excellent service at the same affordable price, forever! Plus, you get to choose a free add-on service with each massage. You can join the club as an individual or with your family.

More Massage Discounts!

In addition to these clubs, I also offer discounts on massage services for students, and members of the military and their families. To find out more about my special pricing options, see my discounts and clubs page, or contact me. I”d love to hear from you!

Lansing Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Receive Massage Discounts

Lansing Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Receive Massage Discounts

All Body Kneads Massage in Lansing believes in giving back to the community and supporting repeat customers by offering opportunities to enjoy massage services at discounted rates. As a cancer survivor, I have deep compassion for those who have lived with and won the cancer fight. For women who have experienced and survived breast cancer, a 25% discount is applied for every massage and service purchased. All cancer patients and survivors benefit from massage, not just breast cancer survivors, so a 20% discount is given to anyone who is fighting or has fought any type of cancer. Special gratitude is shared with those hardworking caregivers too! Each caregiver receives 10% off their first time visit plus receives an add-on service for free. Future appointments will garner caregivers $5.00 each massage and a choice of a free add on to their massage. Learn more about our unique Massage Clubs in the next post. Please contact me with any questions. Peace

A Good Belly Rub Can Bolster Fertility

A Good Belly Rub Can Bolster Fertility

Husband and pregnant wifeYes, really! Fertility Massage has garnered a tremendous success rate, even with clients who have been told that they’d never conceive. This news is heartwarming and the research I have done increased my desire to become certified through Claire Marie Miller Training. I learned Claire Marie was blessed with a pregnancy after just one cycle following her fertility massage treatments and has tracked success rates of her students and patients consistently.

How Does Fertility Massage Work?

So many women have fertility concerns and often experience financial burdens, emotional stress and devastating disappointment while seeking solutions. Through noninvasive techniques, fertility massage enhances relaxation and gently manipulates the muscles and tendons that hold the belly organs in place and return them to alignment to promote proper functioning. I felt a strong desire to bring fertility massage in Lansing and I am happy to offer Fertility Massage services to All Body Kneads clients.

The Benefits you can experience from a Fertility Massage

What I feel is the most beneficial in this massage protocol is balancing cranial-sacral alignment. I will administer cranial holds until I can feel the true release desired. Because each body is different we schedule a 70 −90 minute session so that you can relax fully and achieve cranial-sacral alignment. I will also administer shiatsu and reflexology techniques. These modalities assist in increasing the body energy (chi), balance hormones, plus stimulate reproductive areas and endocrine glands. The additional benefits of deep relaxation, stress reduction and increased circulation throughout the pelvis increases the effectiveness of the fertility massage protocol.

What to expect in a Fertility Massage Session

  • A relaxing oil pack and instructions for at home cleansing of the digestive system and dissolving adhesions, cysts.
  • Calming and centering cranial-sacral holds for balancing and centering
  • Integrative Reflexology® for fertility, stimulating reproductive areas, endocrine glands and the digestive system
  • Deep pelvic work to break up adhesions and increase blood to all pelvic organs
  • Shiatsu points to increase the chi (energy) through the reproductive areas
  • Fertility wisdom – includes knowledge about timing and awareness for potential conception
  • Specific aromatherapy for optimal hormonal functioning
  • Visualization techniques for tuning in and opening up the conception channel

It is best not to receive Fertility Massage work when menstruating or possibly pregnant. Let’s talk about the best time for you to schedule a fertility massage at All Body Kneads, I will make sure timing is optimum for best results. Bilky Joda-Miller CMT All Body Kneads 517-898-2899

Massage Party – You’re Invited Aug. 18th

All Body Kneads welcomes you to a Massage Party August 18, 2012 1:00pm – 4:00pm When was the last time you took a little time for yourself? Well it’s time to take a little bit of time for you. Come relax with us and by the time you leave we promise you’ll be rejuvenated. Cost is $25.00 per person Refreshments will be served Advanced Tickets Required Only 20 tickets will be sold. Some of the services offered and included in the ticket price are: • Paraffin • Massage • Vibration Therapy • Foot Baths • Target Hot & Cold Stones Additional

Services offered for a fee are:

$25.00

“It Works” body wraps with Celicia Tuller – Lose inches in just an hour

$20.00

Auricular Acupuncture with Jim Bertrau Contact: Bilky Joda-Miller 517.256.6596 or at [email protected]