Fertility and Prenatal Nutrition Consulting

If you are struggling with fertility, simply wanting to be as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant, or wanting information and support during pregnancy on the best diet and lifestyle choices for you, nutritional consulting can help.

I will provide you with information regarding:

  • How to track and enhance your fertility
  • How to prepare for pregnancy
  • How to read your body and learn if your hormones are in balance
  • How to have an easy and happy pregnancy
  • How to give babies everything they need to grow strong and healthy.

This is not a cookie-cutter program! Every nutrition consultation is tailored to YOU, and recommendations are given based on your particular biochemistry. Everyone is unique and plans are developed based on each person’s health and lifestyle situation - there is no ‘one-diet-fits-all’!

Nutrition plans and recommendations are based on whole, natural, nutrient-dense foods and may include supplements when necessary.

 

Initial Consultation - $200 (1.5 hours)

This includes:

  • An in-depth interview where we will talk about all aspects of your health and lifestyle and address any concerns you may have
  • Handouts based on your specific needs
  • A plan including recommended diet and lifestyle modifications, which may also include more details emailed to you after your consultation

Optional: Let's go over the plan - ($50) (Half an hour) 

We will:

  • Go over your plan together
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Discuss tips and tricks to implement your plan so that you can be as successful as possible

 

Follow-up Consultation - $100 (1 hour)

  • Any concerns or questions you have about previous recommendations will be addressed
  • Modifications and follow-up recommendations will be given

Preconception Massage Therapy

Before becoming pregnant, it is important to build a strong foundation. This begins in the reproductive organs. With the use of visceral manipulation (massaging of the organs), we can improve blood flow and reduce adhesions in the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and surrounding structures.

How massage therapy can benefit you before you conceive:

  1. Ovarian Health:  The ovaries are a site of hormone production - hormones that are vital for a healthy reproductive cycle. When we improve circulation to the ovaries through massage, we encourage optimal functioning, including hormone production. The ovaries also house, mature, and produce eggs. Better circulation means more nutrients reaching your eggs, which means healthier eggs!
  2. Uterine Health:  Sometimes the uterus can be tilted, shifted, or stuck to surrounding structures. When this happens, blood flow may be inhibited, and chances of a strong and healthy implantation can be lower. Gentle manipulation of the uterus through massage can help realign it. Improved circulation and optimal positioning of the uterus also contributes to a healthier endometrial lining (built up every month after the end of each period), and a more complete shedding of the lining during your period. The uterus is going to be home for your little one for 9 whole months, we want it to be in tip-top shape! 
  3. Easier Periods:  Have you ever wondered what causes menstrual cramps? Hormone imbalances, endometriosis, scar tissue, and mis-positioned organs can all contribute to painful periods (among other causes). Massage therapy can help balance hormones (see Ovarian Health above), reduce inflammation associated with endometriosis, break down scar tissue, and encourage the uterus to sit the way it should.
  4. Surrounding Structures:  The muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips all contribute to the health of the internal organs. When there is excessive tension in any of these muscles, circulation to the organs can become compromised. This is why massage of these muscles is always incorporated into preconception massages.
  5. Relaxation:  Stress is a major roadblock in many pregnancy journeys. I believe every massage, no matter how therapeutic it is, should always be relaxing. Letting go of stress helps improve muscle tone in the whole body, and encourages healthier hormone production. It also helps us have a happier and more peaceful state of mind, which is important for a healthy conception.

Mercier Therapy

Mercier Therapy is a protocol developed by naturopath and midwife Jennifer Mercier. It is a sequence of techniques designed to encourage optimal placement of the reproductive organs, enhance circulation, and bring overall balance to the reproductive system. Here's how: 

Organs can't work without blood flow. Fresh blood coming into an organ carries oxygen and nutrients needed for proper function and optimal health, circulation then carries out waste and toxins. Without this constant moving and filtering of blood, organs and other body structures would eventually suffer, and functions would be inhibited. It's no different with the female reproductive system. 

If any of the vital organs of reproduction aren't getting sufficient blood flow, they won't be able to work properly. In the same way that we massage muscles to restore circulation and break down adhesions, we can massage the reproductive organs to restore blood flow, and encourage optimal functioning to promote a healthy conception and successful pregnancy.

This amazing therapy has helped thousands of women realize their dream of becoming a mother through specific visceral manipulation of the reproductive organs and one-on-one fertility support. Mercier therapy is one of the most effective and impressive methods for preparing the body for pregnancy.

How I Incorporate Mercier Therapy - 

Every body is unique. In all my years working as an RMT I have never come across 2 people who have the exact same situation in terms of muscle tension, fascial adhesions, organ placement, flexibility, circulation.. etc. This is why I love my job, it's always different and I never really know what I'm going to find until I get in there. For this reason, no two massages are ever the same. I have taken what I learned in my Mercier Therapy training, and combined it with what I know from my massage therapy knowledge and other courses on visceral manipulation. I choose to be less strict with the specific Mercier protocol and work it into each massage as necessary. This gives my patients a very thorough and individualized treatment approach. 

Please note: if you are looking to book a treatment for preconception and mercier therapy, just book a regular massage therapy appointment with me (1 hour is recommended for first visits).

Find out more about Mercier Therapy here.

Prenatal Massage Therapy

Throughout pregnancy your body has to deal with rapid changes, a shifting centre of gravity, and extreme energy output to grow the baby inside. All of this can result in numerous aches and pains, fatigue, swelling in your arms and legs, as well as stress and anxiety!

Prenatal massages can:

  • Help loosen up tense muscles
  • Ease joint pain
  • Improve circulation to decrease swelling
  • Realign structures for better posture
  • Promote relaxation

I also encourage all my pregnant mama's to come back in as soon as you want after baby arrives, and to bring your baby with you! We can have baby on the table with you if they need to snuggle or breastfeed while you get a much-needed massage. 

I also teach infant massage to new parents in private sessions at the clinic. 

 

Take some time for yourself and come in for a massage, I'd love to see you!

 

1 hour massage - $115

45 minute massage - $100

30 minute massage - $80