Last Chance, Infant Massage Series Starts Sunday!

This is your last shot to get in for the whole series! The 1st Infant massage class starts Sunday at noon!

This class is for anyone who wants to:
•HELP provide physical and emotional relief to their baby for pains including gas and teething
•LEARN non-verbal communication to better understand and be understood by their baby
•BOOST their parenting confidence
•ENHANCE their bond with their baby
•PROMOTE baby’s physical, cognitive and social development, 
•DECREASE stress for themselves and their baby, all while meeting other new parents!

To learn more, and snag your spot, click here.

The Rules And Principles Of Infant Massage Class

#1 Babies Rule. We go with the flow. It is always ok and encouraged to attend to your baby’s needs during class time.

#2 Crying is celebrated as your baby’s way of communicating.

#3 We ask for baby’s permission before starting massage, so that they know they are loved, respected and valued.

#4 We honor you as the best expert on your baby.

There’s only a couple of spots left in the series starting this Sunday. Don’t miss out!

To learn more, and snag your spot, click here.

Hear What Parents Say About Infant Massage Class

On the fence about joining our infant massage series starting on Sunday?

Hear what parents are saying about taking the course:

“Honestly, I did not know what to expect in this class and was pleasantly surprised at how easy the techniques are, and how receptive my son was, as well as the others in attendance. The information we learned is invaluable. I highly recommend this class!” -Jenny

“I took the infant massage class, and my baby loved it. We now incorporate massage we learned every night after bath time. It was a great tool to learn another way to connect with my baby.” - Danielle

“It was four classes and it was the first time I was able to bring my son to a class full of other cute babies getting massages. It was our weekly get away and I learned so many new ways to interact with my baby. I learned techniques to keep him entertained, well-adjusted, happy, well-digested and ungassy, and I even learned to incorporate massage with song to help me remember the steps as well as give him something to look forward to. I was able to incorporate this into our daily night time routine so my son is able to understand that he is being slowly put to sleep. He has never complained, and if anything, he enjoys his massages as much as I love giving it to him!” -Jin

We’d love to have you and your little one join us for the infant massage series!
Four Sundays: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31.
For more details, & to sign up, click here!

The next THREE people to sign up for the infant massage series will receive a FREE Sparrow's Nest organic cotton onesie, to help you remember which way to do the digestive massage strokes! If you've been on the fence about joining, here's an extra treat to help you decide. We can't wait to see you and your little one in class next Sunday! Less than a week away!

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Cant make the whole series? You can come to a subsequent series if you miss a class, or you can drop in on single classes with our drop-in option.

Infant Massage Class Is One Week Away!

Wanna know what you'll learn in infant massage class?

WEEK 1: Massage for legs & feet, Identifying infant engagement & disengagement cues, benefits of infant massage, what constitutes nurturing touch. Sun 3/10

WEEK 2: Massage for the Relief of Gas & Colic, Massage for the stomach, chest & arms, physical vs. emotional reasons for crying, How massage can help your baby organize input from the outside world.
Sun 3/17

WEEK 3: Massage for the relief of teething discomforts, Massage for the face and back, Gentle Movements aka. Baby Yoga!, What is bonding and attachment, how massage can help facilitate this important process.
Sun 3/24

WEEK 4: Full-body abbreviated massage for quick relief/bonding during diaper or clothing changes, singing to promote full-sensory integration of touch, sight, smell, and sound/vocalization, How infant massage can be adapted as your child grows.
Sun 3/31

Please share this in your Mom’s groups, or forward to friends with pre-crawling babies!

We’d love to have you & your little one join us for the infant massage series!
Four Sundays: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31.
For more details, & to sign up, click here!

Cant make the whole series? You can come to a subsequent series if you miss a class, or you can drop in on single classes with our drop-in option.

-Sparrow's Nest Team

40 Days For 40 Years

“My wife is about to deliver our baby and I wanted something nice for her when she got home.”

This was a sweet note left by a partner who purchased a set of four in-home postpartum massages for his wife online.

I love this on two levels:

Firstly, that this partner is looking for a way to honor his wife as she carries their baby, and secondly, that he’s proactively looking for support for her AFTER she gives birth.

You’ve probably heard of, or perhaps even received a push gift. You may have have even given yourself permission to receive prenatal massage during pregnancy, but did you plan for some POSTpartum nurturance and care? 

Planned is the key word here. Were you able to anticipate your own needs, or did you succumb to pain, exhaustion, or irritability before you reached out for help?

Be honest. It’s ok. Many, if not most new moms, don’t.

The tide, however, is beginning to turn in favor of normalizing postpartum support. We have books like Kimberly Ann Johnson’s “The Fourth Trimester,” to thank in large part for that. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. Kimberly eloquently describes why and how we can support new moms after birth.

This note above from that thoughtful partner really illustrated this to me. I literally want to hug this man. Just reach through the computer and hug him, because, well, he gets it. His wife, and by default his child, will benefit from massage (along with rest, nurturing foods, and loving support) for years to come!

I often get asked, “how soon can I get a postpartum massage?”

My answer is, if you’ve had an uncomplicated Vaginal birth, you can get a massage as soon as you want. Even the day of, or day after labor (although I’d  a house-call, so you don’t have to leave your nest). 

If you’ve had a complicated birth, including a C-section, then my answer is, it depends on what your care-giver advises.

We ask your doctor or midwife if there needs to be any limitations or modifications to receiving massage. Sometimes there is, but often, there isn’t. We’ve even worked with clients 2-days post C-section (with permission) to help move the excess fluids from her body after receiving lots of IV’s and medications at the hospital.

I hope you encourage any pregnant people in your life to save some planning and resources for the precious post-partum period.

If you’ve ever heard the expression “Forty days for forty years,” it’s speaking to the fact that the care a post-birthing person receives for the first forty days after birth, can affect her health for the next forty years.

Let’s follow this loving partner’s example, and prioritize care for AFTER baby arrives too! 

What do you say?

Sending love & light to you!
With gratitude,
Sparrow

Infant Massage & Easy Valentines Day Gift!

Need a last minute gift for a loved one for Valentines’s Day? 

We’ve got instant e-gift certificates you can email or print out for a special person in your life, click here.

Remember, you don’t have to be pregnant or female to receive therapeutic massage with us!

We’ve had so many inquiries, and I’m thrilled to announce that we have two upcoming infant massage series in March & April!
 

Come learn the benefits of infant massage in a nurturing, safe, and fun environment!

WHO: For infants 6 weeks to pre-crawling, and their care-givers 
(contact us if your baby is not in this age range and you'd like to participate)

WHAT: A four class series of massage techniques to soothe your baby, with a drop-in class option

WHERE: Sparrow’s Nest, 4125 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, 90065

WHEN: Sundays 12-1pm
March Series: 3/10. 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
April Series: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28

WHY: Provide physical and emotional relief to your baby for pains including gas and teething, learn non-verbal communication, boost your confidence, enhance your bond, promote baby’s physical, cognitive and social development, decrease stress for you and baby, all while meeting other new parents!

HOW: Sign up for one of our class series here. If you miss a class, you can make it up in another subsequent series. We are also offering single-class drop-in rates, if you can’t make the whole series. Space is limited, and priority will go to those who sign up for an entire series. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot here.


We can’t wait to see you and your little one! Please feel free to share this with friends or on social media.

P.S. Many of you have come in to use your $20 off coupon we sent out in December, and it’s been so nice to see your faces! You have until the end of March to use that coupon, so don’t miss out!

With love & gratitude,
Sparrow

New Scheduling System Link!

We’ve got a new scheduling system that we think you’re gonna love!

It does ask a few questions on your 1st booking, and then it’s smooth sailing from there.

Please book all of your appointments with this link. 

Emails and Love Notes we’ve sent in the past have our old scheduling links, so please use this new one HERE.

We’re also asking those of you who participate in our discounted packages to purchase them ahead of your appointment time HERE.

Thanks for joining us on this new adventure!

With Gratitude,
Sparrow, Cindy, Heather, Callie, Angelica and Jen

They Had A Mother-Daughter Bonding Experience That Almost Didn't Happen!

Last week we had a long-time client come in for a prenatal massage. She’s pregnant with her second baby, and brought her mom with her to get worked on as well. They booked tandem 90 minute appointments starting and ending at the same time. I saw the pregnant mom, and Angelica did an amazing therapeutic massage for the mother. They both left here floating, and they had an awesome mother-daughter bonding experience.

When I was checking in with my client before her massage, she told me that her mother almost didn’t come with her, that their massage day almost didn’t happen! “Oh really?” I asked., “Why?” She explained to me that her mom was almost convinced that we ONLY work on pregnant people, and that because her child-bearing days are behind her, that we wouldn’t take her on as a client.

The daughter actually had to go on to Instagram to show her mom some of our posts about doing therapeutic massage in order to convince her. Finally, the mom believed that she’d be welcomed and well cared for here.

Was anyone else under the impression that we only work on pregnant people?

Did you know that you can come in for regular massages, and that your husbands, partners, friends, and family can too?

All of us have years of experience providing highly effective therapeutic massage in addition to our extra training in pre and postnatal massage.

So don’t be shy to bring the family. You can even share your massage packages with them.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.

Heather, Angelica, Callie and Cindy can work on the men in your life!

Sharing a massage with your husband, lover, partner can be a truly lovely way to spend deepening your intimacy with your special person.

Let us know if you’d like to book a double-appointment for someone special in your life.

REMINDER: We sent you a $20 coupon via email in December. So many of you have come in to use it already! Please come in before the end of March to use that discount.

Sparrow Shares Her Highs And Lows From 2018

Happy New Year!

When you come in to see us, you so generously share more of yourself than simply where the physical pain is located. You often share your fears and successes, and it’s this level of connection that makes this work so fulfilling for us. Trust is a two-way street, and as we grow together as a community, I’d like to share some of my professional and personal highs and lows from this year with you:
 

PROFESSIONALLY:

  • Callie and Angelica joined our team

  • We traveled as a team to take an Advanced Prenatal seminar with my mentor Carole Osborne

  • I was Carole’s Teaching Assistant twice this year for her Pre and Perinatal 4 day workshop in April and October

  • We did a team training in Lactation Massage with Nurse, Lactation Consultant, and Cranial Sacral Instructor Ellen Steinberg

  • I flew to Portland to do a workshop with my business coach to help me grow as a business owner

  • In August, I began Teacher Training to eventually step in to fill Carole’s shoes when she retires (yikes! Some shoes to fill!)

  • I spoke on a panel at The LA Doula Project Full Spectrum Training about my experience as a doula supporting a late-term loss last year

  • I assisted a Prenatal Massage Safety Essentials Class for the first time at Glen Ivy Spa

  • We survived our first and only negative Yelp review in 6 years (if you have a positive experience you’d like to share, I’d so appreciate it!)

  • This one is huge for me: Three of my Mercier Therapy Fertility Clients became pregnant this year!

  • We had 12 team trainings to refine skills and build our vision and camaraderie as a group practice. I couldn’t be more proud of these ladies! 

  • We provided almost 1,000 massage sessions this year! The vast majority of those being prenatal or early postpartum, including quite a few successful induction massages

PERSONALLY:

  • I moved to Pasadena

  • My baby sister came to visit from Washington state and we had some great sister-bonding time

  • My beloved Abuela passed away at the age of 95, at home in her bed

  • In October, after a 14-month grueling visa process, my husband Junior was able to join me in the US, and we had a fun welcome party!

  • My best friend became pregnant, so my little niece is coming in May

  • I got a new car for the first time in my life–as Junior and I learned that one car in LA is way too difficult

  • Junior was able to join us for his first ever Thanksgiving. We had so much to be grateful for!

I’m looking forward to 2019 being a year of settling into married life, growing as a team practice, doing more teaching, and walking my talk by being proactive about my self-care. Yes, even I struggle with this. Sometimes those of us who do so much nurturing, struggle to nurture ourselves (sound familiar, Mama?) Do you have a 2019 commitment to your self-care?

I really try my best to anticipate the community’s needs, but sometimes there are just blind spots. I’d really welcome any suggestions, requests, or ideas on how we could serve you better. If you have any ideas, will you email us or respond to us on Instagram?

Thank you for trusting us, and for being a part of the family.

Wishing you an abundant and blessed 2019!

Love,
Sparrow

PS: Don’t forget we sent out a Thank You for Being a Part of the Nest Family coupon! You can get $20 off a service or class before March 31, 2019.

PPS: Just a heads up, that we’re changing to a new scheduling software soon which should make for an easier experience for you to book online.

Labor Induction Massage & December Promo + A Special Note For Sparrow's Longtime Clients

"Thanksgiving is not a complication of pregnancy."

I love this quote by Robin Elise Wiess.

I could expand on it by saying, neither is Christmas, nor New Years!

Forty weeks is the average length of pregnancy. Half of healthy babies arrive before then, and half after. First time mothers especially, can cruise right past that guesstimated date, and instead of calling them overdue, I wish we could simply call them still pregnant.

I wish there was no ticking clock towards the end of pregnancy, that mothers could calmly wait for their babies to choose when they’re ready. However, we live in a culture that often pushes induction sooner than some babes are ready.

The flexibility you have with your due date, can really depend on your care provider. Some doctors “allow” 40 weeks, others 41 weeks, while still others are ok with 42 weeks or more, as long as baby is doing well. Did you know, that midwives are legally only allowed to attend births between 38 and 42 weeks? Anything sooner or later than that, even by a day, and they have to transfer care.

These are some of the reasons why we began offering labor induction massage here at the Nest. There are some situations where it is helpful to encourage labor to start naturally. Our Induction Massages are safe, and enjoyable. They cannot force your body to do something that it’s not close to doing naturally anyway. An induction massage can calm your nervous system (a major preparation for effective labor) and create an internal momentum for contractions to start.

If you’re due near the holidays, or near your doc's planned vacation, and talk of induction is coming up, please be mindful. Ask questions, and simply decline if you feel it’s not the right choice for you and your baby. Some reasons you might hear an induction may be necessary, may include your baby being too big, fluid levels too low, or evidence of a calcified placenta. There seems to be an inflated occurrence of these factors around the holidays. You have the right to informed consent. Don’t get bullied. Make sure this is the best choice for your family. If you absolutely must get things moving, come see us for Induction massage. 

We’re here for you!

To my beloved long-time clients: Remember when I was booking out a month in advance? Well, I’m always grateful for the work, but I really missed seeing you on a regular basis. I’ve made a conscious choice to allow our other talented therapists to take on more work, so it’s now easier to get in to see me if you’ve seen me in the past.

I’ve really reduced the amount of new clients I’m taking on, to be more available to those of you I’ve built long-standing relationships with over the years... so many of you are pregnant again!! and I want to be available to walk along side you like I did in your previous pregnancy!!

As a reminder, our Gift Certificate promotion ends this month. Use the Promo code Holiday2018 to get $40 off a self-care gift card, and book your appointment before the end of the year!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

With love,
Sparrow

Love Notes // Mercier Therapy // Hands-On Conception Support

It wasn’t until I heard a couple of my clients joke that they were going to name their baby Tesla, because that’s how much money they spent on IVF in order to get pregnant, that I began to wonder, how can I help? 

I’ve worked with pregnant people for years, without always fully understanding the back story of each individual’s fertility journey. I‘d meet my clients when they were already pregnant,  and after a while, I realized what it took for some of them to actually conceive.

Did you know that the U.S. has an infertility rate that’s at 17% and growing? Did you also know that we are sending couples in their 20’s straight to fertility clinics when they haven’t conceived within a year? 

The trouble with this, is that many people just need a little bit of help understanding their fertility, along with some hands-on support. Some couples assume they need to have sex on day 14 of their cycle (the average day of ovulation). But cycles vary, and ovulation is possible on day 11 or day 20 for example. If that’s true for you, you could be missing your conception window Every. Single. Month.

That’s one of the layers of support I’ve learned to give clients who are looking to conceive. I help you get curious and specific about your body, your cycle, your rhythm. To know exactly when YOU ovulate every month. 

If you don’t already have a doctor or acupuncturist guiding you, I also help you find ways to reduce stress, schedule exercise, find a mindfulness practice, and to take a gentle look at your diet.

The most potent layer of support I can provide, is my hands-on specific attention to your womb through Mercier Therapy.

I trained in Mercier Therapy, along-side Dr. Jennifer Mercier, and I have to say, that helping others realize the longed-for dream of parenthood has been so fulfilling. I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I’ve always loved my maternity massage work, but I do. It’s been a magical experience.
 

MERCIER THERAPY WORKS BECAUSE:

  • it brings circulation to your pelvis, uterus, and ovaries

  • helps re-position your uterus if it’s not optimally placed

  • and breaks up scar tissue that can hinder your ability to conceive


The Proof is in the Results. An evidence-based research study, concluded in September 2012, proved an 83% pregnancy success rate. The abstract entitled: Mercier Therapy Helps Infertile Women Achieve Pregnancy and was published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Midwifery Today journal. 

These results were based on Mercier Therapy as a stand-alone therapy, but Mercier Therapy may also be utilized as preparation and support for IUI or IVF, if you’re already committed to that path.

Check out the full length documentary about Mercier Therapy on Amazon or iTunes. Click here for the trailer. 

I’d be honored to support you on your journey to become a parent, and am available for Mercier Therapy consultations. I can answer all of your questions, and give you a hands-on assessment of the placement and mobility of your uterus and ovaries. Don’t be afraid to reach out. There’s hope for your family to grow.

With love & gratitude,
Sparrow

 

P.S. Don’t forget we’re running a $40 promo code for your Holiday Self-Care. This gives you $40 off any Gift Certificate purchased online to help you get through the holidays stress-free. Schedule your appointment before December 31st to benefit from the discount. Promo Code: Holiday2018 (Reminder: You can’t sign in as a guest. You must sign in to MindBody to use the promo).

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.