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Heart of the Lotus Therapeutics
 
Therapies provided are Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular therapy, acupressure, pregnancy massage, sports massage, equine & canine intergrative therapies, assisted yoga therapy

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Advanced Corrective Therapies uses knowledge of muscle fiber direction, agonist/antagonist relationships and strain patterns. This expanded understanding will help to identify overactive and inhibited muscles. Once identified, we will focus on navigating through superficial tissue to isolate and treat deep myofascial tissues. Through the process of choosing, then layering, appropriate corrective techniques, adhesions are released, rehydration is facilitated, and the agonist/antagonists' length/tension relationship is re-established reducing pain and increasing the tissues function.

Swedish Massage is the most commonly known form of massage. Through flowing stokes and kneading this style of massage relaxes the muscles and soothes the nervous system resulting in reduced muscle tension and a profound sense of relaxation. This is a great place to start if you have never experienced a massage.

Neuromuscular Therapy is deep muscle and connective tissue massage which assesses and treats chronic muscular tension in specific areas of the body. It uses slow, deep pressure and strokes on the muscle itself. It re-educates the muscle and nervous system, restores proper muscle tone, and teaches the body to "let go" of chronically held tension.

Sports Massage is a massage technique that utilizes a system of movements including gliding, compression, stretching, and other innovations. Sports massage primarily focuses on the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the body's soft tissues. Known for improving training, injury prevention, enhanced self-awareness and performance, Sports Massage improves blood circulation which allows athletes to train more efficaciously. Additionally, Sport Massage is a natural antioxidant as it helps to remove waste products and refurbishes tissues with essential nutrients that will aid in the healing process. By using sports massage, deep tissue damage and imbalances can be detected earlier and possibly corrected before an injury ensues. Sports massage is popularly used prior to sporting events as it can stimulate circulation, relieve stress and assist an athlete to perform in peak physical condition.

CrainioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including: Migraine Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination Impairments, Colic, Autism, Central, Nervous System Disorders, Orthopedic Problems, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, Scoliosis, Infantile Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Fatigue, Emotional Difficulties, Stress and Tension-Related Problems, Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Neurovascular or Immune Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Surgical Dysfunction.

Pregnancy Massage is an excellent way for both mom and baby to connect, relax, relieve stress and many other many other associated discomforts. Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social changes. Some of these changes produce discomforts and concerns, which can be addressed with appropriate massage therapy and body use guidance to help reduce stress and promote relaxation, provide emotional support and physical nurturing, reduce and alleviate neck, back, and joint pain caused by posture, muscle weakness, tension, extra weight, or imbalance. Massage therapy can also help to relieve muscle spasms, cramps, stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures (sacro-iliac joint, mid-back and lumbar spine, hips), combat tension, fatigue, and headaches, soothe nerves to help with sleep problems, and reduce blood pressure, as well as increase blood and lymph circulation to reduce the possibility of problems with swelling, varicose veins, and leg cramps. In addition massage therapy can help to maintain skin elasticity to ease stretch marks and uncomfortable tightness, assist with the management of digestive complaints such as constipation, gas, nausea, and indigestion, and enhance the self-esteem and self-image, helping the pregnant woman feel more at home in her changing body.

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Birth Arts International Trained Doulas look at birth as a journey. On the road to birth women are taken from womanhood to motherhood. Women are transformed through birth, her birth, her experience. Honoring and preserving the birth experience is the role of a doula. Birth Arts doulas are trained in the Wise Woman tradition and herbalism. We believe it is an exceptional privilege to share in this unique journey.  Birth Arts Doulas have a confident knowledge base, and support network of experienced Midwives. Birth Arts trained Doulas are trained in the physical, scientific and spiritual aspects of birth.

What is My Role as a Doula?
birth doula washington crossing, paI assist women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.  I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide physical, emotional and informational support to women and partners. I am independent and self employed. As your Doula, I am working for you, not for your caregiver or the hospital.

My Availability:
I consider my on-call period for a birth to be from two weeks before a due date to two weeks after a due date. I generally will take a client if I plan to be in town and available for this “on-call” period. Limits of availability near your due date: I would list specific dates and times here and my back up Doula would attend…

I do have a cell phone and in general I can be reached at any time between now and your birth.  Whether I am assisting other clients or involved with personal business, I try to check my voicemail no more then every two hours. 

Prenatal Conference: 
We will have a prenatal meeting to review your birth plan, and give us a chance to talk in detail about your preferences regarding your birth. I will ask about your knowledge of the birth process, and can provide information and education as needed.  I will want to know your own personal ways of coping with pain and fatigue and difficult situations, and what internal resources we can draw upon to assist you with the birthing experience. I will want to know how you and your partner foresee working together, and the roles of others who may be attending the birth.  We can discuss together what fears and concerns you have regarding the birth.  We can review your preferences regarding the use of pain medication.  My goal is to help you have a satisfying birth as you define it. The more we explore this in advance, the better I will be able to fulfill this role.

Late Pregnancy:
I am available for phone consultations and email questions in late pregnancy, and encourage clients to call with questions or updates.  Once we enter the on-call period, I encourage clients to check in with me every few days to let me know how they are doing.

When Labor Begins:
We will discuss in prenatal meetings what you expect to want during labor, and will also evaluate by phone once your labor has begun, and you know more what your needs are. When you think labor has begun, call me and let me know so that I can begin making arrangements for attending the birth.

I will then plan to check in every few hours by phone, so I can provide information, ideas for comfort techniques, and reassurance.  It is up to you to decide what point in your labor you want me to come and be with you.  Once you make that choice, I will generally be there within 30 minutes to an hour, and remain with you until after the birth.

When you are in Labor:
Comfort techniques: I can offer help and advice with comfort measures such as guiding your breathing, enhancing relaxation, encouraging movement, suggesting effective positions for labor, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and aroma therapy.  Advocacy: I can assist with gathering information about the progress of labor to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth. I can also serve as an advocate for your needs with the medical staff.  Emotional support: Our most critical role is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort.

After Birth:
I expect to remain with a client for 1-2 hours after birth, until you are comfortable, and the family is ready for quiet time together.  I can also help with initial breastfeeding.

I am available for phone contact to answer questions about the birth of your baby.  My services include one postpartum visit, usually within two weeks of the birth.  During the visit, I can provide breastfeeding support, baby care tips, referrals to community resources, and a chance to discuss the birth experience.

What Doulas do not do:
They do not perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, etc.  They are there to provide only physical and emotional support and advocacy.

They do not make decisions for you. They will help you get the information you need to make your own informed decisions.  They will remind you if there is departure from your Birth Plan, and will verify if this is, in fact, your informed decision.

They will not speak to medical staff regarding medical matters where health care decisions are being made.  They can discuss your concerns with you and suggest options.  They can support you in discussions with staff as your advocate, making sure you have the opportunity to discuss concerns, but your partner will speak on your behalf to the medical staff.


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