Love Note from Sparrow/November 2018

A gift to you before the holiday season

Did you dress up for Halloween? 

I love seeing the kids, and especially the babies in costume. On Instagram, I posted one of my favorite shots of a sleeping infant dressed as Ariel, the Little Mermaid. The details are amazing: sea shell cups, flowing red hair, fork in hand... I’m impressed at the stealth and talent of the parent that made that shot possible! There’s an IG link at the bottom if you’d like to see it for yourself.

Now that Halloween is over, that means Thanksgiving and Christmas are right on its heels!

This time of year can move quickly, don’t you think? The holidays are filled with family, laughter, warmth and good food. Simultaneously, it’s also flu season, time to visit or host family, traveling and the financial and social pressures of gift-giving. It can be stressful. Plus, you might be navigating all this while also pregnant!

Getting some extra sleep, or some TLC can go a long way this time of year. We wanted to help you anticipate the extra self-care you may need to really thrive during your holidays. So, here is a promo code for $40 OFF any gift certificate purchased online to help you stay healthy, sane and grounded this season. The special runs now until December 31st. So make sure you purchase your gift certificate and book an appointment for before December 31st! Code: HOLIDAY2018 (You cannot login as a guest, you have to have an account with Mindbody to make the purchase with the promo code.)

Get one for someone you love, or show yourself some love by planning your self-care before the holidays hit.

Wishing you a great holiday season ahead!

With Love,
Sparrow

Love Notes/October 2018, Part 2

With much respect, may I see a show of hands? 

I know I can’t see you, but will you raise your hand if you’ve experienced a pregnancy loss? Ok. So, your hand may be raised, but it may not. Now, if not you personally,  has someone close to you experienced a loss? Your hand definitely should be raised now. One in four pregnancies end in loss. If you don’t know someone personally who's experienced this, it’s because they haven’t shared it with you. The truth is too often hidden. Too many of us suffer in silence.

It’s Infant Loss Awareness Month.

This is the month we acknowledge the miscarriages, stillbirths and other losses that touch our lives. Whether it’s our own personal biological loss, or the hopes we’ve shared with our sisters, friends, cousins, that weren’t realized the way we imagined…we’ve all been touched by loss.

There’s not much space in the public eye for loss support, but one of the people who's changing this is Dr. Jessica Zucker. I encourage you to check out what she’s doing on Instagram @ihadamiscarriageShe has created a safe space for women to submit their miscarriage stories in order to help break the stigma surrounding loss, and so that other women don’t feel so helpless. Not on IG? You can check out an article on her work here: https://www.self.com/story/jessica-zucker-miscarriage-instagram

I have personally walked closely alongside clients who experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, and late-term loss. They have been experiences that have shaped me into a better therapist, and a more compassionate human being. I am constantly in awe of the power of all birthing people, and the resiliency we are capable of in the full spectrum of outcomes in pregnancy. 

How can we create a healthier cultural dynamic on this topic? 
Maybe we can start by asking:

-What kind of support can you provide to a loved one after a loss?

-What kind of support could you request from those who love you after your own loss?

The answers can vary as much as individuals do, but here are a couple of ideas:

-Sitting with someone in their pain and following their lead. Talking or not talking can be ok.

-Gifting them a journal to write down their feelings.

-Planting a tree or whole garden in honor of the baby.

-Taking flowers to the ocean and letting them go in the water.

-Finding an in-person or online support group of others who understand.

I’m always looking for ways to be of better service to you. We don’t yet have bereavement massage on our website, but Postpartum Massage is just as applicable to those who have experienced a loss, as any other postpartum person. If you or someone you love need some support, postpartum massage may help in your healing after a loss. Just let us know that you’ve experienced a loss, and we will tailor the massage to match your needs with a high level of sensitivity. Listen to your body. It may do you good to be able to reconnect with your body when perhaps you feel like it may have betrayed you, and feel nurtured through therapeutic touch as you heal.

We’re here for you if you need us.

With love, 
Sparrow

Love Notes/October 2018

The Nest Welcomes Back Heather!

Many of you who have had the pleasure of seeing Heather in the past, have been asking when she’ll be back.

We’re happy to report that after a hiatus to heal an injury, Heather has been cleared to resume massage. She’s so excited, and so are we!

Heather brings 20 years of experience, a deeply kind and intuitive disposition, and hands that will melt away any tension you’re carrying.

She loves working with new and soon to be mothers, and cant wait to support you throughout your pregnancy. Heather is a total pro with high standards for herself, and for your care. 

In addition to her extensive prenatal training, Heather is taking Carole Osborne’s Deep Tissue & Prenatal Massage Training in October just to refresh her already skilled hands in preparation for you amazing moms here at the Nest.

Heather is available Mondays & Saturdays for In-office or house-call appointments. 

You can see Heather for:
Prenatal
Induction
Postpartum
Lactation
C-Section Scar Work
Therapeutic

Book an appointment with Heather here!

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***Also, our last Infant Massage Series of 2018 is coming up next Month***

–Learn the benefits and art of infant massage in a nurturing, safe and fun environment. 
–For infants 6 weeks to pre-crawling (contact us with questions/concerns)
–Four Saturdays: Nov 3, 10, 17 and Dec 1
–Make-up class available for sessions 1-3
Pre-registration required
 

Sending love & light to you,
Sparrow

Love Notes/September 2018

Do you have a relationship with your C-section scar?

Do you touch it? Can you breathe down into it? Can you acknowledge it in your body? 

Do you allow yourself to connect with your scar physically and with the story behind it? Or do you feel blocked? Do you judge yourself or feel judged by others? Do you have strong emotions in either direction about this Right of Passage?

However your journey to motherhood looked, you’re a mother. Period.

Integrating your birth experience, no matter what it looked like, is an important part of living an integrated life. This does not happen overnight for most, and for some it can take a long time. That’s ok.

Giving yourself and the other Life Givers in your life the space and time to work through things at their own pace, creates a better world for all of us to live in. Please be graceful with one another.

If you would like support integrating your C-section into your body, we can help... in a tangible, respectful and individualized way.

Keep reading for info on C-section scar massage.

Why? To maintain mobility and range of motion (so you can reach freely above your head to get the box high in the closet, or to throw your hands up when your kid scores a goal), to keep organs functioning properly (so your bladder moves separately from your uterus, and they don’t adhere together), to avoid secondary infertility from scar tissue build-up, to prevent chronic back and pelvic pain... and to help you integrate your birthing experience.

When? The best time to work on your scar is between 10 and 20 months postpartum. That gives your body time to fully heal, but not so long for the scar tissue to solidify. That being said, we’ve worked on scars 20 years Postpartum, and still create relief and low back pain and pelvic mobility. It’s never too late to get cared for.

Sending love & light to you,
Sparrow
 

P.S. We also have Two Client Specials: 1) Send us your birth announcement and get a $30 credit for a future service and 2) Post a photo about us on Instagram and tag us @sparrows_nest_massage and get $10 off a single session or $25 off a package of sessions at your next appointment. You can book here.

Love Notes/August 2018

Have your rings and shoes abandoned you?

Look, this heat is no joke for anyone, but especially not for pregnant people. 
While edema is common while growing a human because your blood volume goes up by 40%, excessive heat can make things even worse.

This not only may feel unsightly (like, hobbit feet may not make you feel the cutest), but even more so, extra fluid can be painful. Ankle stiffness, and wrist pain due to edema can be almost intolerable for some people. Numbness and pain in your hands can also disturb your sleep, which is a precious commodity these days.

At our training last Monday, our team reviewed all the massage techniques that can move fluid and reduce the pain of edema. We really value keeping our skills sharp and our morale high.

If you’re not able to come in for a session, don’t worry.
I’ve got a couple self-help tips that will give you some at-home relief if swelling has snuck into your pregnancy.

  1. Get your feet up the wall for at least 20 minutes a day. Get gravity to help you redistribute fluid pooling in your legs.

  2. Draw the alphabet with your ankles. This action acts like a pump to move edema out of your ankles. Just be careful not to over point your toes, keep the movements relaxed, so you won’t get a calf cramp.

  3. Keep your hands elevated while you sleep. Rolling a towel under your wrists can help fluid from building up in your palm and fingertips overnight.

I hope these tips help! Feel free to send these tips along to any ladies you know who are working through these hot summer months while growing a little human. And if you need some professional support with massage, we’re here for ya!

Also, we’ve got a couple spots left for our August infant massage series. This class is awesome for helping prevent colic and gas, helping babies sleep better, improving cognitive development, and just getting in another layer of juicy bonding time with your baby. Dad‘s, grandparents, and aunties are welcome too! Click here for class info.

We have some very sweet birth announcements on our community board at the office. If you gave birth this year, we’d love to include your baby on our board...and to thank you for being a part of our community, we will send you a coupon for your next massage!

Not one of those overachieving moms who got it together to get birth announcements made? Don’t worry. You can either send us an email with a photo we could print out and put on our board, or you can even tag us in a photo of your little one on Instagram (@sparrows_nest_massage) and we'll get you a coupon too!

Sending you love & light!
-Sparrow

Love Notes/June 2018

A Love Note from Sparrow

Are you in the home stretch of your pregnancy?

Right around 36 weeks, things get real. The birth of your baby often goes from intangible to inevitable. How you feel in these last few weeks matters. 

Have you made space in your life to start to turn your energies inward? 

A daily meditation session, journaling, a yoga class, a massage, or a walk alone with your thoughts can be great ways to tune into your physical, emotional, and mental well being.

Remember, you’re gearing up for a Right of Passage. The birth of your baby is no small or ordinary undertaking.

These reflective moments of turning inwards can put you in touch with the inner resources that will serve you during labor.

Wishing you ease and strength on your journey.

With love & gratitude,
Sparrow


P.S. I also wanted to let you know that we have a new therapist joining our team. Her name is Angelica, and you can see her photo and bio here.

Love Notes/July 2018

Just because something is natural, doesn’t make it easy.

Did you have an effortless time breastfeeding?

Yeah, I didn’t think so. That’s not to say you didn’t have a successful time, or a special bonding time feeding your baby. It just means it can be a journey. Even on the best journeys, there are pitfalls, and learning curves.

Cracked nipples, engorgement, supply concerns, latching concerns, milk strikes, I’d bet at least one of these issues were a part of your journey. Anyone of these setbacks could (or maybe did) end your breastfeeding time. What if you had had more support?

I know that not everyone chooses to or is able to breastfeed for various reasons, and I just want to support everyone’s individual best postpartum experience.

Last month, my team and I received some really special training from Ellen Steinburg, a nurse of 30 years, Lactation Consultant and Diplomat of Cranial Sacral Therapy. Yeah, she’s pretty impressive and magical. She taught us techniques to increase milk supply, clear clogged ducts and prevent engorgement and mastitis.

It may come as a surprise, but yes, Lactation Massage is a thing, and we’re bringing it to the Nest (or to your home if you’d prefer a house call).

I’ve worked with a new mom whose entire milk supply almost doubled, and whose tight painful clogged ducts were gone after receiving this treatment.

Callie, Maeghan, Heather, Angelica, or myself, are available to you if you need this kind of massage support, or if you know a new mom who may need this kind of support, and doesn’t know that it exists. You can learn more here.

Here’s to mothering easier, and feeling good in your body along the way.

I’m hoping you’re staying as cool as possible in this crazy heat!

Sending love & light to you,
Sparrow
 

P.S. We also have a New Client Summer Special in July & August which gives a $30 credit towards your first purchase with us. You can check that out here.