I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Sensory Awareness Teacher, and a Doula. I am also a Midwifery Student and love continuing to learn about pregnancy, birth and beyond . I went to massage school in Ashland, Oregon in 2011 and went on to extensively study Craniosacral Therapy. I received my Doula training through DONA International in 2016 and began studying midwifery in 2018 with Maternidad La Luz where I worked in a very busy Birth Center in El Paso, Texas. It is such an honor to attend births and to be the first hands to welcome new babies into the world.
In 2019 my focus went inward as I welcomed my own baby boy into the world. As a mother my perspective has changed a lot and I have renewed energy to support mothers and babies in every way that I can. It can be such an exhausting and overwhelming journey. It is so important that we are nourished and supported along the way. I would love to live in a world where birth is celebrated rather than feared and mothers and babies are held in a sacred cocoon during the tender creative postpartum period. I am working to be part of this change.
My background is in Zen Buddhism, Sensory Awareness, and River Rafting. I grew up in California with a Buddhist Priest father and Sensory Awareness teacher mother who took the family on river trips. I spent 13 summers as a river guide going over waterfalls, long quiet scenic trips, and sleeping under the stars. I met my husband on the Rio Grande in New Mexico. I have spent years meditating, studying anatomy, kinesiology, Craniosacral, birth, and rivers. I am so grateful to have learned how to be calm in big scary whitewater, to read the subtle currents, and to trust the power of the river. Navigating rivers keeps us humble and able to respond to what is needed in the present moment.
I look forward to working with you! Carol Anne Lesser, LMT, CST, Doula