I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Sensory Awareness Teacher, a Birth Doula, and a Midwifery Student. I went to massage school in Ashland, Oregon in 2011 and went on to extensively study Craniosacral Therapy with many teachers including Carol Gray, who is a Midwife specializing in Craniosacral work for babies and mamas.
Craniosacral Therapy is a very deep yet gentle hands-on bodywork modality that is safe throughout pregnancy and birth as well as for newborn babies. It is a deeply relaxing technique that follows the natural rhythms of the body, working with the central nervous system to release stress and pain and regain vitality and energy.
I received my Birth Doula training through DONA International and have gone on to study midwifery. I completed my first quarter with Maternidad La Luz, a very busy Birth Center in El Paso, Texas. It is an honor to attend births as a midwifery student and to be the first hands to welcome new babies into the world.
My mother is a Sensory Awareness Teacher and I have been learning this profound work since I was floating in her womb. Sensory Awareness is a mindfulness practice where we pay attention to the movements of our breath, the patterns of our muscles and the impact of our thoughts on how we feel moment to moment. It is very simple yet in our fast-paced world, many of us have lost the pleasure of noticing the sensations of breath tickling the nose and filling the belly and the deep relaxation of quieting our thoughts by bringing attention to breathing, which is always moving us.
I have since taken this work and incorporated it into my hands-on sessions, as well as movement practices such as Sacred Shimmy, a practice of seated-meditation and dance-meditation that I co-created with my dad, who is a Buddhist priest and a dancer. It is delicious to quiet the mind through movement and stillness.
To set up a time for a Bodywork session or an Introductory call to see if we are a good fit during your upcoming birth please call or email me at: 415.497.4802 or email@example.com
I look forward to working with you! Carol Anne Lesser, LMT, CST, Birth Doula