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A doula and massage therapist: a fab combo

November 17, 2010

It’s a rarity to find a doula who specializes in pre/postnatal massage, and really, why wouldn’t you want that combination? Imagine: you are in labor, getting massaged alternately by your doula and your labor partner- who has been taught by your doula how to massage you properly.  Ahhh…it’s beginning to sound like birthing might not be far off from a visit to the spa….

Park Slope labor doula and massage therapist, Lena DeGloma, wrote the book (literally) on prenatal massage. She wrote the curriculum for Queensborough Community College’s prenatal massage course where she also teaches part-time. Her knowledge of massage isn’t the only aspect of her prenatal care that can help a client;  she also incorporates herbal medicine, cupping therapy, essential oils, hydrotherapy and her birthing knowledge into the plan.

When I hear about a pre/postnatal service in Brooklyn, I often turn to Birth Day Presence to get their thoughts. Anna Merril (co-owner of Birth Day Presence) gives Lena her “highest recommendation! I regularly refer the pregnant women I work with to Lena Posner for massage.  I have also seen her many times myself and she always does wonderful work.”  Lena’s reviews on Yelp are just as good and recommend her not just for pre/postnatal massage. In fact, two of the most complementary reviews on Yelp are from men who had leg, back and knee pain.  Happy to know that Lena is available for those of us that aren’t expecting!

One of my favorite holiday gifts to receive is a massage- and I can bet there are others who feel the same way. This is a good time to purchase a gift certificate for a friend (and for you!) as Lena is offering discount packages for friends and family: $15 off 3 Massages, $50 off 6 Massages, $100 off 9 Massages. If you’re pregnant or just had a baby- Lena has specials for you too: $15 off 1st Pre/Postnatal Massage (60 or 90 minutes)

Her doula rates are on a sliding fee scale and you obviously get massage during labor but she also offers discounted pre/postnatal massages if you are a labor client. Her doula services include a free interview, 2 prenatal visits and 1 postpartum visit.

Lena DeGloma, BA, LMT, Doula
Red Moon Massage Therapy & Doula Care
641 President Street (at 5th Ave), suite 203
Brooklyn, NY 11215