Fertility

We offer fertility doula support and wellness sessions for those trying to conceive, as well as anyone (partners, co-parents and intended parents included) moving through the ins and outs of the trying to conceive process. Learn more about fertility doulas, massage and reiki sessions, fertility wellness classes

and  support groups!

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Birth

Our Childbirth Education Classes help you prepare for birth and parenthood! We offer a complete Cornerstone approach to birth education that is inclusive of all birthing people and all parenting paths.  

Learn more about our most popular treatment, birth prep massage session  and more about our unique birth support such, as day of birth, labor massage and birth doula support.  

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Pre-Parenting

We recognize that there are many

paths to parenthood! We provide inclusive, affirming care for prospective parents on assisted reproduction paths, surrogacy journeys or those planning for foster care or adoption. We hope to be a space to recharge and retreat to during this process, while also, finding resources and support along the way.

Learn more about Creating Kin!

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Postpartum 

We offer postpartum doula support and postpartum prep classes for families settling in to the first 6 weeks with a new baby(ies).

We also offer treatments after birth (or for anyone navigating early parenthood) as a way to encourage you to nourish your whole self as you care for your little one(s). Learn more about infant massage classes and all the support options and resources we offer. 

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Pregnancy

Our highly experienced certified perinatal massage therapists specialize in the full spectrum of perinatal wellness.  

Our hatch package allows you to schedule your perinatal massage sessions based around your estimated "due" date and individual needs at a discounted rate so that you can come in more often throughout this transitional time. 

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Parenthood 

We know the postpartum period (or early months/first year with a new babe) can be quite the transition. Hopefully, it's filled with a lot of support but it's often after the new normal has settled in, we find we still need that support and community. We offer ongoing wellness sessions for parents, as well as, support groups and community events to encourage us all to find our village. 

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"If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it-through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated."

-Victoria Moran

We offer a diverse list of support for every stage; preparing for parenthood, becoming parents for the first time or doing it all over again.

We hope you find a space here to pause + recenter so you can go back out, experience wonder and spread your joy. 

 Contact Us

8080 La Mesa Blvd

Suite 113

La Mesa, Ca 91942

 

SD Family Wellness is located on the corner of Acacia St.

& La Mesa Blvd.

 

Parking lot

behind our building (off Acacia St.) for you to park in any space without a #.

 

Once you walk into courtyard, you'll see us on first floor. 

Please contact each individual practitioner to make an appointment or set up a free consultation: 

Our Team

 

For general info, please fill out this form or call: 

Office Tel: 619- 770 - 8692

Nothing on this site should be taken or seen as medical advice. Please consult you doctor if you have any medical related concerns. 

pregnancy

Our goal is to offer options for our clients during this transitional time that are accessible and affordable so that they are able to come in as often as they need to, especially during pregnancy and as they get closer to birth! Over the years of specializing in this particular field, we have learned the importance of scheduling these sessions based on each individual client's "due" date (as they tend to need them more frequently as they get further along) but we also know this can be quite a dance for this specific kind of scheduling for the majority of our clients.

So we hatched an idea...

 

Perinatal Discount Packages are the way to go!

Not only are they more affordable but they offer priority booking to schedule sessions in advance, based around your estimated due 

date + your individual needs!

Single Perinatal Massage Session:

$100 | 60 minute

$140 | 90 minute

Hatch: Perinatal Massage Package

 

Options for 1 FREE massage: $100 OFF

60 minute sessions

Full discount valid for 6 months 

4 for price of 3= $300  

5 for price of 4= $400

6 for price of 5= $500  

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Options for 2 FREE massages: $200 OFF

60 minute sessions

Plus a $50 credit toward our FULL CBE

Childbirth Class Series 

Full discount valid for 10 months

8 for price of 6= $600

9 for price of 7= $700

10 for price of 8= $800

*May be applied to any prenatal or postpartum 

session

*May transfer ONE session to a friend/partner 

(under same expiration guidelines)

*Expiration guidelines are highly encouraged as the purpose of these package are to come in often over a short period of time, however, the world of pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable and of course we are flexible when special circumstances arise. 

*Nonrefundable

*Upgrade any individual session to a 90 minute for $40 OR

same discount is offered if you would like ALL package sessions to be 90 minute treatments:

4-6 | 90 minute sessions: $140 OFF

8-10 | 90 minute sessions: $280 OFF

 

Benefits To Receiving Massage During Pregnancy

The hormones associated with relaxation can have a significant affect on reducing physical, emotional and mental stress during pregnancy (or any major life change). Having a self care routine that supports hormone regulation can reduce anxiety, cardiovascular health and even improve your mood. When we are in a relaxed state, the hormones associated with stress, like cortisol and norepinephrine, are reduced, and serotonin and dopamine levels are increased, this not only decreases stress during pregnancy but it can also support more positive birth experiences and less depression and/or anxiety after birth. 

Pregnancy massage addresses and relieves some of the most common discomforts people often experience during pregnancy. 

Edema, or swelling of the joints is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the growing uterus. Pregnancy massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints and it improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system. Many people experience sciatic nerve pain in late pregnancy because the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and low back which can cause tension on the muscles and pressure on the nerves. Many people report having less low back/hip pain after receiving prenatal massage. Massage therapy helps with inflamed nerves by releasing the tension on nearby muscles which can offer much needed relief. Massage during pregnancy can also ease upper and lower back discomfort caused by the changes happening in the front of the body. 

Some other potential benefits of pregnancy massage include:​

  • Reduced swelling and joint pain

  • Improved circulation

  • Less muscle tension

  • Fewer headaches 

  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles

  • Better sleep

  • Feeling more connected to pregnancy and baby

Some of the contraindications for pregnancy include:

There may be some mild conditions where you can still receive massage but we will ask that you speak with your health care provider and get a release form prior to coming in:

  • ​High risk pregnancy

  • Recent bleeding

  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension

  • Preeclampsia

  • Previous pre-term labor

  • Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure or sudden severe headaches

  • Infection or fever ​​

 

We ask that you call in to schedule your initial appointment so that we can ask a series of intake questions over the phone before you come in. As with any therapeutic modality,  it's always a good idea to consult with your midwife or OB/GYN before beginning pregnancy massage if you have any concerns. ​

 

Common Questions: 

 

What makes SD Family Wellness different from receiving a massage somewhere else? 

Pregnancy is our specialty. All of our Perinatal Wellness Practitioners are certified in prenatal massage. We see clients through all stages of pregnancy, although the treatment may vary depending on how far along you are. This means that we truly understand the benefits of massage during pregnancy and have years of training and experience in this particular field. We listen to our clients needs and offer time and space to connect and build a strong client/therapist bond, as well as offering referrals and resources whenever possible. Our clients are like family. We have worked with many people for multiple pregnancies and supported groups of friends as they walk this path together. 

 

Our clients have often mentioned previous experiences with"prenatal massage" where they felt like the therapist was afraid to touch them, or that they didn't put them in a comfortable position they could fully relax in. Here, we are all about YOUR comfort and YOUR pregnancy. We make sure every session is customized to support your individual needs and we will address any discomforts that you may be experiencing, as they can often change week to week and sometimes day to day. We will also show you supportive side-lying pillow positioning that we use during the massage and simple ways you can recreate this at home every night for a better nights sleep.

 

What should I expect for my first session? 

We ask that you arrive about 5 minutes early for your first appointment. There is a parking lot behind the building for you to park in (off Acacia street which is the four way stop that connects with La Mesa Blvd). We will have a new client intake form ready for you to fill out in our relaxing waiting lounge with water, tea and snacks for you to enjoy. There is a restroom located on the first floor for you to use before and/or after your session. 

 

We customize your session based on your individual needs, avoiding any areas you might not prefer work on. After about 20 weeks or so we offer an optional belly massage, often a favorite part for many of our clients, especially as they get further along! Different than a Deep Tissue massage, we mainly use soothing but firm Swedish massage techniques that support the circulatory system, help relax the nervous system and ease discomfort of sore muscles. We still use firmer pressure in some areas for deeper work when needed. Overall, you should feel comfortable and relaxed the whole session and immediately after. It's still important to drink plenty of water after your massage. 

 

What position will I be in for my massage?

We set you up on your side (helping you to switch sides half way through) with a sea of comfortable pillows but still giving your therapist the most access for a full body massage. We have lots of creative ways to position you if you are uncomfortable on your side and need to be propped up (especially if you are having a lot of heartburn). 

 

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing (or bring a change of comfy clothes to put on after if you wish). We might do some hip opening exercises while you are clothed before or after your session, especially as you get further along. You will dress down to your comfort level for the massage (most people dress down to their underwear, but some prefer to remove all clothing or keep more clothing on) you will be fully covered underneath a drape the whole time. 

 

How often should I come in?

We typically see clients once or twice a month for the majority of their pregnancy. Once they are about 30 weeks along, we tend to see people more frequently (if possible) since there are more changes happening and areas to address and focus on as you get closer to birth. We recommend weekly appointments once you pass 36 weeks until baby arrives. The discount packages are designed to be customized based on how far along you are and how many sessions you think you'll want to schedule out in advance, considering your estimated due date. You can use your package sessions toward a Birth Preparation Massage and/or a Postpartum Massage. If you are "full term" and scheduling a birth preparation massage as your FIRST session, we recommend a 90 minute treatment. If you have been coming in regularly for 60 minute treatments throughout your pregnancy, a 60 minute birth prep session is great but you can always add time or add 30 minute self care/acupressure sessions for weeks 40 and 41.