Booda Belly Massage
An Ojai, CA based Massage Practice
Sessions can either be scheduled in office, or at home locations between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Pregnancy is a magical time in a woman’s life. However, with all the physical, hormonal and emotional changes, it is normal to not always be in a state of bliss. The benefits of massage during pregnancy can be profound. Not only can it help to ease the discomfort of physical changes in the body, it can do wonders for the emotional state. In recent years, medical science has discovered how great of an impact a pregnant mom’s chronic stress level can have on her growing child’s development, for example. PreNatal Massage has been proven to actually lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone), in turn benefitting the child’s brain development. A happy momma is a happy baby. During a session with Becca, you will comfortably lay on your side for the majority of the massage to ensure optimal blood flow to the baby. Deep pressure, if desired, can be applied safely throughout much of the body to your level of comfort, particularly shoulders, back and hips, although care is taken to avoid hard pressure on the legs. Labor inducing accupressure points will be also be avoided until the 40th week of pregnancy. If you have any questions or concerns about receiving a Prenatal massage, please do not hesitate to contact Becca with your questions.
For some people, massage can be even more important postpartum than it was during pregnancy. Whether you delivered vaginally or by C-Section, your entire body has truly achieved something remarkable. Hormonal, emotional and physical changes can feel even more abrupt than they did while pregnant. It is important to remember that as a new mom, self-care will actually benefit your newborn in the long run. Some benefits of postpartum massage include better sleep, hormone regulation, increased circulation to aid in the elimination of excess fluid, reduced swelling, and healing from C-section. Breastfeeding is also favorably effected by massage in stimulating the release of oxytocin (the “love hormone”) which triggers breastmilk production, and lowering the levels of cortisol (stress hormone.) A postnatal massage can also include work on your abdomen to help the uterus to return to its prepregnancy size. We can also work on your C-Section scar if you would like. If you have had a C-Section, you must be cleared by your doctor before receiving massage (usually 6 weeks). Otherwise, you can enjoy a massage as soon after delivery as you would like.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body, helping to release chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. My goal is to apply is the maximum amount of pressure possible while keeping the muscle in a relaxed state. Deep Tissue massage should not hurt – “no pain no gain” does not apply. Nevertheless, plenty of water should be ingested to prevent next-day soreness, and to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Becca began her healing work in 1999 as a Reiki practitioner, and in 2002 she received her National Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork by the NCBTMB. Becca is Certified in Prenatal and Postpartum Massage, and is a trained Doula. She also completed a RYS-200 Yoga Teacher Training program in Costa Rica with the Center for Natural Living.
Becca is an insured member of AMTA, and holds the highest level of Certified Massage Therapist by the California Massage Therapy Council.
Individual Massage Healing Session Rates
These are determined by location. 1 hour minimum appointment.
Forms of Payment
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
Frequent Client Incentive Discounts
Special discounts are available, contact Becca directly for more details.
Always happy to create a wonderful gift of massage. (Individual massages)
“Two-Way Street” Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice required
When scheduling an appointment, a credit card may be required. Your card will never be charged unless your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. 75% fee for appointments cancelled same day. $50 fee for appointments cancelled within 24 hours.
If Booda Belly cancels or reschedules the massage and does not give the client 24 hours notice, the client will receive a $20 credit towards their next appointment.
We take your privacy very seriously. We do not share or reveal your information to anyone, spouses included, without your permission.