and service provider for Compass Birth Doula & Massage
MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES
*Please note that online scheduling is for office appointments only. For home visits please schedule via phone or email.
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 3:00 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.