therapeutic massage & doula services
My name is Jessica Zehr and I am a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Birth Doula and Postpartum and Infant Care Doula. I am a 2011 graduate from Center For Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. I began working as a Massage Therapist shortly after graduation and sat for the New York State Licensing Exam in January of 2012. While I have been trained in a variety of modalities, I prefer the effective nature of light-medium touch massage utilizing therapeutic techniques to either promote relaxation or provide relief from chronic pain. I truly believe that massage therapy does not need to be painful to be effective, and in fact can be more effective when it is performed with little to no pain.
I specialize in prenatal and postpartum massage, infant massage, doula and placenta services so that I can serve women throughout the their duration of their pregnancies, labor, birth and as they recover. I have trained with the Institute of Somatic Therapy, ProDoula and The Association of Placenta Preparation Arts. I support all families without judgement, regardless of their birth choices. I serve Lewis and Jefferson Counties in Northern NY, including by not limited to: Lowville, Watertown, Carthage and Fort Drum.
This session can range from strictly relaxation to pain management to a combination of both. During your time I will integrate a variety of techniques to promote both relaxation and treat trouble areas, tailoring your massage specifically to you and your needs.
30 Minutes - $40 60 Minutes - $65 90 Minutes - $90
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
As a trained and certified prenatal and postpartum massage therapist, this session is designed for you based your unique needs during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Early on in pregnancy you can lie on the massage table as you would prior to pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, the massage will transition to a comfortable and nurtuting side-lying position where you will be supported with pillows and bolsters. Postpartum massage positioning and accomdations will vary based on what is comfortable for each individual client.
30 Minutes - $40 60 Minutes - $65 90 Minutes - $90
Hot Bamboo Massage
Using hot sticks of bamboo this massage treatment like none other! Like all sessions, the massage is tailored to the client and can vary from strictly relaxation while the smooth bamboo warms your muscles and glides smoothly over your skin, to a deep tissue session allowing the heat of the bamboo to soften the mucles allowing for deeper work into the muscles and surrounding tissues.
30 Minutes - $45 60 Minutes - $70 90 Minutes - $95
Detoxifying Foot Massage
This session lasts 15-20 minutes and is a great way to rest your feet! The session begins with you sipping on a cup of tea while your feet sit in a warm detoxifying foot soak with the choice of relaxing lavender, cooling peppermint or energizing lemon. This is followed by a wonderful foot scrub using a homemade coconut-vanilla brown sugar scrub. Lastly your feet are massaged with a homemade mosturizing foot cream where you can choose to add peppermint essential oil for an extra cooling effect.
Utilizing a massage chair, clients receive a neck, back, arms and hands massage all while fully clothed. This is a great session for those who have never received massage and want to get an idea of how it feels, or for those that don't have the time for a table massage, but are still in need of a massage. Sessions last between 5-20 minutes.
Cost: $1/minute (5 minute minimum)
Infant Massage Instruction
As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor I come into your home, or you come to my office if you prefer, and I instruct you on how to massage your baby. The session typically takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on your baby's needs throughout the session. You will receive an instructional booklet, with a step by step guide and pictures demonstrating the massage techniques that you learned. You provide a non-scented, cold pressed oil to use on your baby.
Some of the benefits of Infant Massage are:
Regulation of sleep-awake cycles
Relief from gas and bloating
Increased healing due to birth related trauma
$40 for one couple
$35 per couple for two couples
$30 per couple for three or more couples (4 couple maximum
Brookside Senior Living Center
One Monday of each month, I offer Massage Therapy to the residents of Brookside Senior Living Center. Both the staff and residents of Brookside have graciously welcomed me into their community to experience the benefits that massage therapy has to offer, particularly for seniors. Massage therapy has been shown to help lower blood pressure, increase circulation and reduce pain associated with arthritis or other conditions. Residents have the choice to receive 15, 30 or 60 minute massages for specific pain relief and/or relaxation. Rates are: $15 for 15 minutes, $30 for 30 minutes and $55 for 60 minutes. Gift Certificates are available.
As your doula, my job is to support you however you need, without judgement. Prenatally we work together to establish a birth plan so that on the day of your birth, everyone is on the same page with your desires. Throughout your pregnancy I am available to answer questions, discuss your concerns and provide educational resources to help you make the decisions that are best for your family. I am on call 24/7 so that when you go into labor and request my presence, I will come day or night. I will be present throughout the duration of your labor regardless of your birth choices or unexpected changes. I will be there to support you emotionally in whatever way you need, whether that be silent presence or conversation and laughter. I will be there to provide hands on, physical support in the form of massage, various comfort measures or a simple comforting touch. I will stay with you until your baby is born and you are settled in as your new family unit. I will follow up with you shortly after you come home to see how you and your new baby are doing, answer any questions and make any referrals if needed.
In recent years there has been a resurgence in the western world of women who choose to ingest their placentas after giving birth for the reported health benefits. As a certified Placenta Arts Specialist trained through the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts, I have been trained in how to safely prepare placentas for ingestion by method of encapsulation or tincture. I have been trained in safety and santitation according OSHA standards for Blood Born Pathogens. Cord keepsakes, photos and placenta prints are also available.
Client Reported Health Benefits:
Reduced risk of postpartum depression
Reduced risk of iron deficiency and anemia
Increased energy levels
Reduced postpartum bleeding
Increased feelings of happiness and contentment
Increased milk production