Halifax Massage Therapy & Doula Services
Evidenced-based & trauma-informed perinatal support
Halifax Massage Therapy & Doula Services
Evidenced-based & trauma-informed perinatal support
Pain during pregnancy is common, but not normal.
No two pregnancies are alike. Throughout your pregnancy your body rapidly changes. Massage is a safe and effective way to treat discomfort, improve your sleep, decrease your stress levels, and so much more!
What would it mean to you if your body felt prepared for labour? How would it feel if instead of scrolling google in the middle of the night while your partner sleeps, you had a Doula-trained Registered Massage Therapist in your pocket, ready to answer questions and put fear to rest? Stress is one of the biggest contributors to pregnancy pain, so let's leave the facebook mom groups for planning walks and play dates and we'll address all your questions at your next massage appointment, shall we?
No matter where you are in your pregnancy, I have the equipment to make you comfortable. Whether that's safely support laying face down or positioned on your side, ease your pregnancy discomforts and prepare your body for birth.
Pain in Pregnacy
During pregnancy it is common to experience lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, hip discomfort, and overall deep-tissue sensitivity. After addressing any discomforts you have during treatment we can discuss changes or easy exercises you can do to manage any symptoms between appointments.
Before I was pregnant, I hadn't gotten the memo that I wouldn't sleep through the night. Maybe it was the "getting up to pee" thing, or the "it took 3 minutes to roll over and now I'm awake" thing. Massage will lower your cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increase serotonin and dopamine (mood stabilizers).
First day I came to Sara with swollen feet, from the first session I felt way better and my feet almost went back to normal shape with no pain. Every time I’m there I wish the session never ends. She has a magical hands, very professional and passionate about her job. I can’t recommend her enough, she is simply AMAZING!
A friend of mine recommended Sara and I’m so grateful she did!! Sara is a very kind human and amazing RMT. I have had the best results since starting to see her for chronic back pain and feel relieved when I see her in my schedule! I remember I walked out of my first appointment with her thinking, she is the first RMT who knows exactly how to get into the tense spots of my back, and felt my shoulder relax and feel lighter for the first time in years. She is approachable and empathetic - I like to ask questions about what could aggravate certain muscles, what muscles she’s working on, etc. and she’s always keen to explain and teach. In addition to the great massage, there is a lot of parking, her clinic space is always clean and tidy, and there is a/c for the summer and heat in the winter. Stoked to have found a RMT I want to stay with!
If you are looking for a pre-natal massage, look no further! Sara is amazing and her set-up is perfect for pregnant mamas. I had one pre-natal massage prior to her (in my second trimester) and I left feeling quite dizzy as the whole in the table was not quite deep enough for my growing belly. Sara’s set up is much different: quite unique, and tailored specifically for pregnant women, even in the late stages in pregnancy. It is very comfortable and I just finished my final appointment at 39 weeks and still felt great afterwards. I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else for pre-natal massage. Aside from the set up, finding a massage therapist who understands the unique needs of pregnancy is crucial. Her expertise in pre-natal is evident and she is quick to anticipate your needs and ensure you are comfortable. Sara's warm and friendly personality made each session a true pleasure. So grateful to have found her for my pregnancy!
The 90-min prenatal massage I had with Sara was by far the best of the three prenatal massages I've had this pregnancy and one of the best massages of my life. She did EVERYTHING with plenty of attention to the places most RMTs skip over but are desperate for TLC, including my feet, fingers, even my jaw (who knew I was holding tension there?). She ended our session with an incredible scalp massage. At 38 weeks pregnant, it was the most relaxed I’ve felt in months and months. This was not a typical pregnancy massage table with the cutout for your belly; this was the Lamborghini of massage tables. She had a lots of different little bolsters and supports and things and I was very comfortable throughout the whole massage with her checking in to make minute adjustments here and there to ensure I was positioned correctly. When I flipped on my back there was this other formation of cushions and supports so it was sort of like I was elevated 30 degrees. Divine. I was like....can I.....just use this massage table as a bed...? I wish I had discovered Sara earlier in my pregnancy but will certainly be back to see her for a postnatal massage in the coming months.
Sara is a phenomenal massage therapist. I went to her for prenatal care and will continue to see her post care and beyond. I have found it hard to find a good massage therapist in the HRM and Sara was exactly who I needed. I have referred friends to her because her care has been unmatched. She takes a vested interest in your over all well-being. It’s a great feeling to go for a massage, feel genuinely cared for during it, and feeling the tension/pain released because of her skill level. I can not recommend her enough.
My massages with Sara were great. She has a comfortable set up with adjustable supports to accommodate any body shape and a growing pregnancy belly. Her wealth of knowledge about how to treat/help the wide range of pregnancy aches and pains came through in every session. I would definitely recommend her to any pregnant friends and anyone looking for a pregnancy-centred massage experience.
My only regret is not having found Sara sooner in my pregnancy! She's created a beautiful, cozy, easily accessible space with the most comfortable set up for pregnancy. She addressed every concern I came in for within two treatments. As a fellow RMT who has experienced many treatment styles, I can confidently say Sara's is one of the best. Her passion and knowledge is informative and empowering. I'll definately be back!
I experienced significant side, hip and back pain throughout my pregnancy and saw Sara in my third trimester. The relief I felt leaving her office each time was tremendous. She is a true professional and clearly loves what she does. She made sure I was 100% comfortable throughout the entirety of each of our sessions and I left feeling amazing each and every time. I would recommend Sara to anyone for prenatal massages, whether you are experiencing discomfort in your pregnancy or you just want an amazing full body massage.
Just when I thought the pain was over after having the baby- perinatal pains begin! I had never heard of mother's thumb before, but boy is it a pain. My doctor suggested a wrist guard and seeing a chiro to show me how to correctly hold my baby. But when I mentioned the pain to Sara, she focused on my wrist and forearm during a massage and I feel like new! Thank you Sara- you eased a pain that i expected to have for months... in an hour you accomplished what my doctor said "just needed time". I appreciate your expertise and talents more than you could know!
Sara is the absolute best! I started treatments with her at the end of my first trimester and have continued to the end of my pregnancy. I am confident that is a large part of why I am still feeling comfortable, mobile and calm in the final two weeks of pregnancy! The treatment table setup she has is really impressive and can be adjusted to accommodate each stage/size of your pregnancy, and it’s the most comfortable thing ever! Sara is so kind, calming and thoughtful and so knowledgeable in the prenatal space. It was great to hear her recommendations I was so comfortable receiving care from someone who truly specialized in prenatal massage. Her treatment room is bright, clean, quiet and there is always lots of easy parking. I feel like treatments with Sara made my pregnancy a lot easier, physically and mentally, and I can’t recommend her enough!
I began to see Sara for prenatal massage during my third trimester. It is great to have a service specifically for caring for your changing body throughout pregnancy. Sara is very attentive to how her patients are feeling and is knowledgeable in providing quality prenatal care. Thank you Sara!
I highly recommend Sara! This is my second pregnancy and I wish I had seen her for massages during my first! I find it very comforting knowing she has lots of experience with expecting moms. She always makes sure you are comfortable (which when being pregnant is a must) and offers different ways for you to be on your back, stomach or side. She is excellent at getting rid of my aches and pains and I leave feeling so much better and relaxed not only that day but also the days after!
I saw Sara for the first time when I was 8 months into my pregnancy. I had pushed my body a lot (packed up and moved cross country at 6 months pregnant, had covid at 7, and was working long hours) and my body starting pushing back with pain. My hips, knees and feet would hurt after doing simple tasks like a light grocery shop. I thought this was just pregnancy and there was nothing to do about it. How wrong I was. 1 massage with Sara made the last weeks of my pregnancy... dare I say comfortable? It relieved what I thought had become chronic pain and allowed me to move throughout the day- so much so that I was painting walls days before my little guy arrived! In addition to the massage, Sara is welcoming and so willing to share her knowledge as a doula and connections as a Haligonian. She ensured i was comfortable throughout the visit and I left feeling invigorated. Thank you! looking forward to the next massage!
I started seeing Sara in my third trimester and was so impressed with her professionalism, knowledge, and sensitivity to my needs at that time. I returned 7 and 8 weeks postpartum (hello, breastfeeding back pain!) and she targeted my pain and tension in places I didn’t even know I needed. I highly recommend her to my pregnant friends and those who are ready after delivery!!