My name is Kristen Jawad and I am passionate about supporting women practice self care. I offer relaxation/medical massage, nurturing spa rituals and wellness education. I received training in Eastern and Western bodywork, advanced spa therapies, pregnancy massage and wellness coaching. My clients learn how to best care for themselves in between massage appointments with practical options. For example, yoga like stretches, safe aromatherapy and self massage techniques that can be done at home. I specialize in working with new mothers.
This work is precious to my heart, because I’ve designed treatments and workshops to support mothers in ways that I wished I had been supported while I was pregnant and mothering in the first few years. I truly found it difficult to get time away for massage when I was was a breastfeeding mom, but I sure knew my neck and shoulders could use the attention. I also struggled with the mindset shift of seeing self care as an investment that would help me show up as my best self and support me on a much deeper level.
What Are The Benefits of Prenatal Massage?
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as encourages blood and lymph circulation and reduces backaches, stiff neck, headaches, leg cramps and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Trained Prenatal Massage therapists take extra care to ensure pregnancy massage clients are comfortable. Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain, so naturally we want to avoid any potential discomfort.
Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with a small, cushioned wedge placed under one hip to provide a slight elevation. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your therapist may utilize such massage techniques as reflexology, Swedish massage or certain techniques that address your specific requests and needs.
Relief of Everyday Symptoms
Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it’s always a good idea to discuss with your therapist any everyday symptoms you’d like to see relieved. Those might include:
• Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
• Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
• Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women.
• The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body’s natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage.
The nine month journey is a time of amazing growth and development for mother and child. Learning how to replenish yourself during the following years just as essential. My goal is to make professional massage affordable and accessible to more moms – to improve their health and the quality of life. That’s why I offer pregnancy and recovery massage, nursling friendly sessions on a futon, mobile services and individualized self care sessions. In doing this work – I seek to reflect the values of humility, simplicity, compassionate care, and concern for the common good – Especially, for women and children.
I also offer Baby Bliss & Calm Mama workshops for moms who want to learn how to nurture baby and themselves using massage and aromatherapy. I love sharing massage as a way for moms to slow down, practice mindfulness and connect with their baby in a small group setting.
Kristen Jawad M.Ed, LMP is a licensed massage therapist serving the greater Seattle area.