Lisa De Sousa (Falkner) is the owner of Compass Wellness Center and service provider for Compass Birth Doula & Massage Therapy LLC
MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES
*Please note that online scheduling is for office appointments only. For home visits please schedule via phone or email.
*Please note: all massage prices incurred a $5 increase as of October 1st, 2018*
All massage pricing as follows:
- 30 min. $55
- 60 min. $85
- 90 min. $115
- 120 min. $145
- 90 min. Labor Stimulation Massage $130
- 4-pack of 30 minute sessions: $180
- 4-pack of 60 minute sessions: $300
- 4-pack of 90 minute sessions: $420
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Home or hospital visits incur a travel and set up fee.
Lisa’s doula clients and their partners receive 15% off all massage therapy services throughout pregnancy and up to eight weeks postpartum.
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday 2:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Ask about physician prescriptions and insurance coverage/reimbursement. HSA payment accepted.
Lisa De Sousa, LMT, CLD(CBI) provides several different types of massage therapy to a vast array of clients. The focus of her practice is to relieve pain and discomfort, increase range of motion, reduce soft tissue and fascia tension, maintain soft tissue pliability, and decrease stress. Each client receives techniques that are tailored to their individual needs. Modalities may include but are not limited to: swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, scar tissue release, stretching, acupressure, craniosacral, lymphatic drainage and gua sha. She works with several issues such as sciatic pain, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), tendonitis, chronic low back pain, and chronic muscle tension. During your first visit you will have an in depth conversation with Lisa about your needs and she will customize the session to help you achieve your goals for the session as well as long term.
There is no need to wait until the second trimester to receive prenatal massage, first trimester massage is both safe and incredibly beneficial, especially in reducing stress. In any stage of pregnancy Lisa focuses on balancing the pelvis and addressing postural changes that may occur. Modalities may include swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, and lymphatic drainage. She regularly incorporates techniques from Spinningbabies to optimize fetal positioning and prepare the body for labor. Lisa uses the BodyCushion pregnancy pillow system for her pregnant clients. It allows a variety of positions including side-lying and face down, with customization for every size and shape to properly support the growing uterus and baby.
In addition to working with healthy low risk pregnancies, Lisa is also able to modify and work with high risk pregnancies, sometimes requiring physician or midwife written approval. She is able to do in-home or in-hospital visits for women on strict bed rest. Even in situations of true contraindication for massage therapy, energy work and craniosacral work can be incredibly beneficial and stress relieving.
The postpartum time is a delicate time in which moms’ needs are rarely the priority. The Fourth Trimester is a time of rapid transition in the body, both emotionally, hormonally, and physically. The body and mind are sleep deprived and stressed and massage can provide great benefits. Postpartum massage can be received as early was 24 hours post birth, and can help the body filter excess lymph fluid, reduce muscle strain/soreness from the birth, increase relaxation which can help with breastfeeding and sleep, and is a generally well deserved treatment for a body that has worked so hard. Even cesarean mothers can benefit from early postpartum massage. Incredibly light vibration massage over the incision site can reduce inflammation and scar tissue development. Lisa also uses the BodyCushion system for her postpartum moms as it allows mom to be face down with no pressure on the breasts, or the abdomen. Babies are welcome to accompany mom to appointments in the office and can even join mom on the table for breastfeeding with mom in a side-lying position. Home and hospital visits are available as well.
Cesarean,VBAC and Scar Tissue
A big component of VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is maintaining a balanced and happy uterus and pelvis. Scar tissue from the cesarean can interfere with pelvic health in a myriad of ways, from pelvic imbalances and organ disruption, to long term pain and nerve interference. Scar tissue release massage can help minimize or treat possible issues and help set the body up for success for a future VBAC.
Labor Stimulation Massage
We all know that letting baby and the body choose the birth day is best. However in certain situations such as post dates, health concerns, impending inductions, care provider protocols, and prodromal labor, you may be inclined to encourage things along. This session in a full body prenatal massage with acupressure and essential oils incorporated that may stimulate the release of hormones to kick start labor. Positional exercises may also be utilized to facilitate the optimal position for baby in the pelvis. Only available as a 90 minute session.
Birth Doula Services
*UPDATE: Lisa is expecting her own little bundle of joy in the beginning of 2019! While she will still be an active member of Birth Tribe and supporting other doulas, she will not be accepting new primary doula clients of her own until summer of 2019.
Lisa supports all kinds of birth:
-nitrous oxide assisted labor
-VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
-HBAC (home birth after cesarean)
-birth center birth
-low risk pregnancies/birth
-high risk pregnancies/birth
Lisa offers a complementary consultation at her office to go over your wishes for your upcoming birth, discuss her contract, and generally get to know one another to see if she is the right fit for you and your family.
Once you sign the contract and provide the deposit, Lisa is available throughout your pregnancy via phone, text, or email for any questions, concerns, or support you may need. You will also have access to her lending library of pregnancy and birth books. She can provide you with resources to other birth professionals such as lactation consultants, webster certified chiropractors, and placenta encapsulation specialists. You will meet with Lisa for at least two prenatal visits, one in office and one in home, to get more in depth about your hopes, wishes, and concerns about your birth and go over pain management techniques and labor positions. All doula clients and their partners receive a 15% discount for all massage therapy services throughout the pregnancy and up to eight weeks postpartum.
Beginning at your 38th week of pregnancy, Lisa will be on call 24/7 until you give birth. She’s happy to come to your home to help you labor there as long as you are comfortable and will then follow you to your place of birth. Continuous support throughout your labor and birth may come in the way of massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, hot/cold therapy, position suggestions, and emotional encouragement and support. Lisa usually stays for approximately one to two hours after delivery to help you settle in with your little one and help with initial breastfeeding, though at home births this tends to be longer to assist with clean up. A few days after the birth, she will contact you to set up a postpartum visit at your house so you can go over the birth experience together and she can help you with any concerns you may have caring for your new baby.
This is a very condensed version of what Lisa’s doula services look like. Every family’s needs are unique, so the type of support she provides looks different from client to client. Please contact her for a consultation to learn much more about doula services.
Please check with your insurance provider about doula services. Some companies are now covering it as a preventative healthcare cost while others may provide partial or full reimbursement. Health savings accounts may also be used to pay for doula services. Many clients also like asking for contributions towards their doula expenses in addition to their baby registry through gift certificates or Paypal payments.
Feel free to schedule a consultation at the office by clicking below. For requests to meet at your home or elsewhere, or to ensure that the back up doula Melissa Duenas can join us, please schedule via phone or email.