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Providers for Massage & Bodywork

Massage, craniosacral, and physical therapy and other forms of bodywork can ease the discomforts experienced in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Practitioners have special training in serving pregnant and postpartum women, as well as tables or equipment designed to accommodate pregnant women. Some practitioners make home visits. Body soreness resulting from giving birth or from the stresses of nursing and caring for a newborn are common. A postpartum massage is a wonderful way for a woman (or her partner) to heal from the birth experience.

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Resources listed are provided for your information only; please interview and choose carefully to find the care that is right for you.

Womb Wellness
Laura Layla Centorrino
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(510) 610-8418
http://theArtemisWoman.com


I bring decades of experience supporting womens embodiment: physical, emotional and energetic. Womb Wellness includes menstrual cycle teachings, infertility, loss - miscarriage, abortion, preparations for pregnancy, childbirth and post partum integration. I offer counseling around Conscious Relating and Family Planning to explore and prepare on a deeper level for the Rite of Passage to parent(s). My work is based in peri prenatal repatterning and other modalities with a focus on Intergenerational healing.
Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center
Vanessa Diamond
1200 41st Ave Suite H
Capitola , CA 95010
(831) 4751200
https://www.capitolaphysicaltherapy.com/pelvic-floor/


Vanessa Diamond is a physical therapist specializing in Women's Health who can help pregnant and postpartum women prevent, treat and recover from pregnancy and postpartum related pain or dysfunction with manual therapies addressing any soft tissue disorders as well as teach women how to coordinate their abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and breath in order to facilitate vaginal birth and during the postpartum phase to progressively strengthen the body, pelvic floor and core muscles for a safe return to fitness activities. There are also postural, breathing and mindful exercises that can be used to help normalize posture and hormonal balance for optimal health of mother and baby. Vanessa speaks Spanish and some French, Italian and Portuguese.
Endless Possibilities Acupuncture, Inc
Dr. Maureen Rozenn, L.Ac., DAOM, FABORM
845 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 426-1093
http://www.AcupunctureSantaCruz.net


Dr. Maureen Rozenn was the first female Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) to become a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). As a board certified fertility specialist, Dr. Rozenn specializes in working with patients from the preconception phase, throughout pregnancy, into the "4th trimester" or postpartum period. She is especially well versed in helping women through obstacles to pregnancy, fulfill their dream of parenthood. Her office buzzes with doctoral students and other licensed acupuncturists who wish to learn from her. However, if patients are not comfortable with observation, they need not worry, their wishes come first and their visit will be a private one with the doctor. Dr. Rozenn combines ancient forms of diagnosis with modern diagnostic techniques such as: laboratory tests, ultrasounds, semen analysis, extensive hormonal panels, etc. She couples ancient Japanese and Classical Chinese acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas, with research-backed, high- quality nutritional supplements and dietary advice. Dr. Rozenn was one of the first acupuncturists in Santa Cruz County to receive her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) with a dual specialization in Women's Health and Pain Management and deeply enjoys helping women achieve their health goals.
Equilibrium Floatation Center
543 Seabright Avenue
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 295-7312
http://www.equilibriumfloat.com


Floatation Therapy center offering luxury float tanks, massage and organic facials. Floating while pregnant allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body and spine (and feet!). It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy.
Maria Fernandez Manual Therapy
Maria Fernandez
108 Locust St, Suite 3
Santa Cruz , ca 95060
(831) 818-3237
http://bodyworkbymariaf.com


Supporting pregnant women to feel comfortable in their bodies as they change and grow so that they can be relaxed and strong as their bodies transform. In addition to providing support postpartum to reconnect and reintegrate into the body with a focus on building up the pelvic floor muscle system.
Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 454-8031
http://www.fullmoonbirthing.com


Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center offers services beginning with fertility and throughout the childbearing year and beyond. We have services for every family regardless of intended place of birth. Nourishing individuals, families, and our community.
Holistic Sister
Gretchen Retka
Santa Cruz , CA 95063
(218) 851-7556
http://www.xochitlinnerg.com


Certified Professional Birth Activist & Postpartum doula services
Massage Therapist
Placenta encapsulation
Music
Reiki
Holistic Women's Wellness
Shannon Innis CYI, CMP, AIMI
5905 Soquel Drive
Suite 200
Soquel , California 95073
(831) 4197552
http://www.holisticwomenswellness.com


Providing massage and yoga services for women and infants during the child-bearing year and beyond. Shannon lovingly supports women as they are born into mothers with prenatal/postpartum massage, private infant massage instruction, mobile prenatal, couples and postpartum yoga instruction. "My life's work is supporting women physically and emotionally."
Integrative Energy Medicine
Kathleen Pouls L.Ac., CMP
3335 Mission Drive
Santa Cruz , Calif 95065
(831) 475-8885
http://www.kpoulshealingarts.com


Acupuncture, herbs, supplements, bodywork and emotional availability are the ways I work with pre and postnatal women and their families since 1982. My bodywork possibilities include: prenatal massage, deep tissue, Cranial-sacral, energy work, reflexology, acupressure, as well as stress reduction, integrative mindfulness meditation techniques.
My bottom line is to listen, educate, empower and help create a deep trust in ones healing journey as well as take care of their health care needs. Many insurance plans cover my services.
Jenny Johnston, L.Ac., CD (DONA)
Jenny Johnston
320 River St.
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 535-3785
http://jennyjohnstonlac.com


Jenny is deeply dedicated to caring for women and their families before, during and after the perinatal year, using a safe, natural and effective approach. She collaborates with other birth workers as a member of Birthpoint to offer acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle counseling, massage, doula skills, and more to help women achieve a safe, healthy, and satisfying transition into motherhood. Acupuncture can be used in a variety of ways to promote maternal and fetal health through the childbearing year. In many cases it is an ideal form of treatment as it offers women a safe, natural and drug-free way to improve quality of life, provide relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during the perinatal time and prevent them from becoming serous enough to necessitate medical treatment. See website for the many conditions acupuncture can help during the perinatal year: http://jennyjohnstonlac.com/pregnancy-postpartum-care/
Jenny Putt PT
Jenny Putt
1001 Delaware Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 227-4331
http://www.jennyputtpt.com


Jenny Putt PT provides hands on individualized physical therapy. She specializes in pre and post natal care, pelvic floor dysfunction and orthopedic conditions. Common diagnoses include incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, low back, hip, sacral, pubic and pelvic pain. She also teaches various pre and post natal fitness classes in addition to informational workshops throughout Santa Cruz County.
Lisa Piediscalzi, L.Ac., IBCLC
Lisa Piediscalzi
(831) 334-7250
http://www.newfamilysupport.com


Craniosacral therapy and breastfeeding support for newborns-toddlers. Acupuncture and craniosacral therapy for Moms during the childbearing years. Housecalls available in Santa Cruz County.
Luma Yoga
1010 Center Street
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 325-2620
http://lumayoga.com
Luma is an award-winning yoga & wellness center. Our space also includes an eco-friendly family boutique and lounge where you can relax, drink tea, hop online, meet friends, or feed a baby. Specializing in classes & events from birth, to baby & beyond, Luma is here for you!
One Drop Botanicals
Crystal Lyons
(831) 818-4562


Loving, nurturing care for new mothers and families in Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. As a mother of three, Crystal brings knowledge and compassion to her work and holds the postpartum season in high regard as a very sacred time in life to be honored and protected. Trained herbalist, birth and postpartum doula, certified essential oil bodywork practitioner and wellness consultant offering herbal products & education, belly casting and blessingway ceremonies. It is her joy to serve clients with a calm, humble Spirit of gratitude and reverence.
Santa Cruz Midwives Inc
Sharon Potteiger LM, CPM
303 Potrero St #47-201
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 316-4953
http://www.santacruzmidwives.com


Enjoy the exceptional support of a team of skilled midwives, Sharon, Emily and Nancy. We create a circle of support for you and your family throughout the childbearing year. Complimentary therapies are integrated throughout our practice including acupressure, aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbal remedies, and waterbirth. We want you to be involved in your care and make empowered decisions. Schedule your free interview via our website, www.santacruzmidwives.com
Alliance Physical Therapy
Amelia Foster
7887 Soquel Dr. Suite D and E
Aptos , CA 95003
(831) 662-1042
http://www.allianceptsantacruz.com


Amelia provides pelvic floor and perinatal physical therapy to women with conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, low back and hip pain. She strives to incorporate a comprehensive approach to therapy, taking into consideration not only a mother's physical state, but her emotional state and unique motivations and goals. She utilizes her background in yoga and Pilates to bring a focus to body awareness and breath during therapeutic movement. In addition to physical therapy, Alliance offers yoga, dance, and meditation classes in their wellness studio.
Earth Essence Acupuncture
Jeannine Ruskin LAc CMT
770 26th Avenue, Suite A
Santa Cruz , California 95062
(831) 200-4325
http://www.EarthEssenceAcupuncture.com


I have been called the Acupuncture Fairy by some in the birth community, swooping in to lighten and smooth out tensions and imbalances common during pregnancy, labor and post-partum recovery. I am a Licensed Acupuncturist as well as a Certified Massage Therapist, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, am certified in Five Elements as well as traditional Chinese Medicine, with a focus on balancing body-mind-spirit. I am trained in Western and Eastern herbology, and craft my own Flower Essences and herbal teas and tinctures. My treatments are both nurturing and effective at clearing discomfort in the body, preparing the system on all levels for a healthy organic birth, and providing postpartum balancing. As a Massage Therapist and energy healer for over 10 years, I know how to ease discomfort from the body. I integrate into my treatments Pre-Natal massage, Cranial Sacral, yummy Swedish/Eselan, Deep Tissue, Tui Na, Myofascial Release, and of course cupping or guasha. I also offer monthly Pediatric Lunar Treatments for newborns through age 7, offer outcalls for labor and postpartum support, and accept some insurance providers.
Anchor At Home Health Care Services
Karen Whippy, RN
Santa Cruz , Ca 95062
(831) 600-5600


Private childbirth classes in the comfort of your own home, and made to fit your schedule. Classes are taught by a Labor and Delivery Nurse who is experienced in hospital and home births. These classes are perfect for first time parents, VBACs, or someone who needs healing from a traumatic first birth. Postpartum and breastfeeding visit included.
Prenatal and postpartum massage services are available as well as extended postpartum home visits.







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