Sheryl Mika, CD, ICCE, LMBT #2105, Childbirth Educator

Phone: 919-618-9963

Modalities: Childbirth Education, Doula Services, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Heated Stone Massage, Trigger Point Therapy

Childbirth Education Classes: Unbiased, evidenced based course lead by a certified educator. Learn to recognize and flow with each stage of labor. Become informed of your options, rights and responsibilities, and many alternatives whether you are choosing to birth at home, a birthing center, or the hospital. This highly informative course also offers the wisdom of past generations of birthing women who knew many things within their control to increase the likelihood of a smooth birth. One Intensive Weekend format for your convenience.

Doula Services: A Certified Doula is a woman who is trained and experienced in assisting the expectant couple through labor and birth. Doulas provide continuous reassurance and emotional support, provide physical comfort measures such as massage, visualizations, and positioning advice, and provide informational support on the course of their labor and their options. As employees of the expectant couple, instead of the hospital, doulas are free to give complete and unbiased informational support.; Certified doulas do not make decisions for their clients nor project their values and goals onto the laboring woman. Doulas do not perform medical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate monitoring. Several studies have shown the presence of doulas reduce intervention and cesarean rates.

Deep Tissue Massage: A slow, methodical manipulation directed toward the deeper structures of the muscles and fascia in t he body. Deep Tissue Massage increases flexibility, increases range of motion in muscles, breaks up adhesions in muscles, decreases pain, improves posture, increases circulation, increases client awareness, and flushes waste and toxins from muscle tissues.

Sports Massage: Sports Massage strokes are medium to heavy and include compression, pumping, broadening, lengthening and deep friction. Sports Massage consists of three categories: Pre-event, Post-event and Maintenance.

Swedish Massage: A western style of massage that relieves stress, relaxes muscle tissue, and improves blood and lymph circulation. Swedish Massage consists of gliding, kneading, brisk, and tapping strokes to the superficial skin or deeper muscle tissues. Pressure is light to medium. This session may also include Deep Tissue Massage on specific muscles or muscle groups, as needed.

Heated Stone Therapy: Basalt stones are heated, oiled and used to massage away muscle tension and induce relaxation. This method is especially helpful in easing pain and soreness in contracted tissue. Gemstones can also be used to balance, clear and energize the body’s energy centers. This therapy is often used during a Swedish Massage session.

Trigger Point Therapy: Triggerpoints are painful nodules located in muscles or tendons. They often refer pain to other parts of the body and can limit movement and range of motion. Sciatica, tennis elbow and headaches are often caused by triggerpoints. Injuries, improper posture and overuse syndromes and stress cause trigger points to form in the musculature. Triggerpoints are gradually released using deep pressure, movement and energy balancing.