Massage & Doula Care: A Match Made in Heaven!

_DSC1234Congratulations! You’re either pregnant or you have welcomed your baby – now you need a massage! (Did I read your mind?) Hi! I’m Susan Young, massage therapist, birth doula, postpartum doula and more.

Aching back, sore hips, swollen feet, feeling the need for TLC…? Massage is safe in all 3 trimesters and postpartum. Bring me your aches and pains and let’s get you feeling better! Office rates: $60 for 60 minutes, $90 for 90 minutes. In-home rates: $100 for 60 minutes, $130 for 90 minutes. More info on my massage page!

“Susan’s demeanor is unlike any other.  She’s bubbly yet relaxed, outgoing but calm, encouraging but accepting.  I couldn’t imagine a better person to have in the room for my delivery. Plus she gives amazing prenatal massages!” Mom from Katy

 “One reason I chose Susan was her skills as a massage therapist. It was awesome to have some maternity massages and I enjoyed my postpartum massage to help soothe the muscles that are used in nursing and holding a baby.” Mom from Sugar Land 

 I received my postpartum massage about a week later and I’m sure it helped reduce swelling.” Mom from Spring

 “About 10 days after my daughter was born, Susan came to my house for a post-natal massage, which was pure heaven. I actually fell asleep on the table.” Mom from Houston

Birth Doula care: my basic doula care is $900. I offer packages of doula care and massage therapy that range from $1000-$1400. See my birth doula page for more info. Postpartum Doula care: my basic service is $25/hour with a 4-hour minimum. See my postpartum doula page for more info. I’m so glad that you are considering what support you need to enjoy your pregnancy, labor and the postpartum adventure! Feel free to call, text or email me! 832-302-9386 or susanoyoung (at) gmail (dot) com.

More about me:  I came to doula work through my massage work. For 10 years I had a massage practice where I saw anyone – men, women, teenagers, senior adults. My pregnant clients were always my favorite clients. I sought specialized training in massage for pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery. It was really when I moved to Houston with my family in 2013 that I pursued my doula training and this profession in earnest. I am certified as a birth and postpartum doula by DONA International. I love supporting families during this important time. You’ll truly never forget your birth experiences.

I continue to massage clients throughout pregnancy. Massage during pregnancy can be effective in relieving muscular aches and pains, reducing swelling, and creating a habit of relaxation to harken back to during labor. Massage as a part of your postpartum recovery strategy is not only smart, but relaxing as well. During your postpartum session(s), we can help adjust your postural alignment, decrease muscular aches and pains from labor, encourage the body to clear excess fluid more quickly and soothe the nervous system (the sleep-deprived nervous system – wink!). I hope you will plan to receive massage during your postpartum period while family and friends are around to help out.

I am licensed for massage through the State of Texas and Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I have been a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2003. I also teach infant massage instruction.

Along my all-things-birth journey, I earned my certification as a Childbirth Educator through the International Childbirth Education Association. I love this organization because it doesn’t limit educators to a specific birth philosophy and it is grounded in evidence-based information. Their motto is freedom of choice given knowledge of alternatives. That’s something I can really stand behind. Finally, I’m also a Hypnobabies Certified HypnoDoula. I’m happy to support clients who are using Hypnobabies in their birthing experience.

My family moved to Texas in 2013 for my husband’s job (one of the few not in oil and gas). Despite the humidity, we have been slowly falling in love with Houston’s diverse offerings, from rodeo and brisket to art museums and the symphony. My 15 year old son will always be my favorite massage “client.” Two dogs and a cat round out the family. I look forward to meeting you and adding my skills and experience to your team for a healthy and happy pregnancy and postpartum adventure.

For birth and postpartum doula work, you can check my availability and read testimonials from satisfied clients on my profile at DoulaMatch.net. Feel free to call or text me directly at 832-302-9386. Thanks for visiting my site! I look forward to hearing from you.

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