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Affirm Mama

Birth Affirmations are a gentle positive tool to help empower you throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum, and nursing experiences. Each affirmation has been carefully chosen to help you create a positive vision of your baby's birth and life.

Sheri recommends repeating these to soft music just before bedtime

  • I am a strong and capable women.

  • My baby feels my love.

  • I am surrounded by those who love and respect me.

  • I will welcome my baby in peace and joy.

  • My body contains all the knowledge necessary to give birth to my baby.

  • My baby knows how and when to be born.Birth is a safe, wonderful, and powerful experience.

  • I put all fear aside as I prepare for the birth of my baby.

  • I trust my body and my baby.

  • My body has been perfectly designed for giving birth naturally.

  • My body and pelvis open wide for my baby to pass through.

  • Each contraction produces a healthy, positive pain that I can handle.

  • My courage and patience will send my baby into my arms.

  • I embrace the wisdom and innate knowledge of my body.

  • I surrender to the power of my body. My contractions bring my baby closer.

  • I feel the power of my body with each contraction. My body works flawlessly.

  • My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.

  • I know how to take care of my baby.

Trust your body - it's so easy to say, but can sometimes be difficult to do.  However, you've got one of the strongest muscles in the human body on your side - the uterus!

Aroma Mama

Pregnancy is a miraculous time you are growing a little person inside of you and you may be considering some aromatherapy for those back aches , headaches, stuffy sinus or swollen feet. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years to alleviate aches and ailments and inspire relaxation.

These essential oils are generally considered beneficial during pregnancy — but still make sure to check with your practitioner before using any:

  • Neroli (may lower blood pressure and anxiety levels)

  • German and Roman chamomile (may help calm, relax and soothe)

  • Lavender (may help alleviate stress, insomnia and depression)

  • Ylang-ylang (promotes calm and may help alleviate insomnia)

  • Rose

  • Jasmine

  • Tangerine

These essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy, as they can trigger uterine contractions (not something you want if you’re not in labor!):

  • Rosemary

  • Basil

  • Sage

  • Juniper

  • Thyme

  • Pennyroyal

  • Oregano

  • Peppermint

The key to using aromatherapy safely during pregnancy is to research the essential oil you’re considering and clear it with your doctor or midwife before using it. When used correctly, it can be soothing and provide some much-needed stress relief.

Massage Mama 

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Studies from the American Pregnancy Association indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. 

The study showed that with regular prenatal massage hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased, helping fight the “baby blues” or postpartum depression.

Other benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Reduced back pain

  • Reduced joint pain

  • Improved circulation

  • Reduced edema

  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles

  • Better sleep

Precautions for prenatal massage? As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

Managing Stress

Success awaits mama, above all enjoy this special time. Here are a few ways to manage your stress and reduce anxiety at work and at home:

  • Practice saying "no." Now's as good a time as any to get rid of the notion that you can do it all. You can't, so learn to let your superwoman ideals go. Make slowing down a priority, and get used to the idea of asking your friends and loved ones for help.

  • Cut back on chores — and use that time to put your feet up, nap, or read a book.

  • Take advantage of sick days or vacation whenever possible. Spending a day — or even an afternoon — resting at home will help you get through a tough week.

  • Try deep-breathing exercises, yoga, or stretching.

  • Get regular exercise like pilates, swimming or walking.

  • Do your best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet so you have the physical and emotional energy you need.

  • Go to bed early. Your body is working overtime to nourish your growing baby and needs all the sleep it can get.

  • Limit "information overload." Reading about pregnancy and listening to your friends' pregnancy stories are fine — but don't delve into all the scary things that might (but probably won't) happen during your pregnancy. Focus instead on how you're feeling and what's happening to you now.

  • Join (or create one) a support group. If you're coping with a difficult situation, spending time with others mamas can bring ease and support. Many women join create support networks using social media groups. A suggested resource might be the Mother-Infant Support Group at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Thursdays Noon to 1pm. For more information contact Merle Norman (424) 259-8250

WOMEN & Children’s Massage…

Sheri’s practice includes all women, mama or not and she has a thriving athlete children’s practice!

The most common reason we choose massage is for the love of it; it’s a perfect way to feel pampered. But let’s chat about the benefits to the busy women; massage reduces cortisol and elevates serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which combine to produce a number of mental and emotional benefits and creates an “inner smile”.

Massage alleviates depression, reduces fears and anxieties, enhances self-image, provides a relaxed and alert mind, and enhances competent thinking. All combined with Reiki this treatment provides healing benefits that combat stress and leave you feeling renewed.

“Sheri’s in home massage therapy and reiki combo leaves you in the state of bliss….” H.W.

In home massage for Women and children in need of a deep tissue loving touch can be scheduled by contacting Sheri at 310.625.3493. “I look forward to being a part of your healing journey..” Sheri