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Lena Degloma

Brooklyn
Childbirth Educator Fertility Specialist Herbalist Massage Therapist Newborn/Parenting Educator Lactation Counselor (CLC)
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About me

Lena DeGloma, M.S., is an expert practitioner and instructor of therapeutic massage with over 12 years of experience. She is the founder and director of Red Moon Wellness in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she also completed post-graduate clinical training. Lena is an experienced certified birth doula, lactation counselor, and childbirth educator and has supported hundreds of New York families in their transition into parenthood. Her clinical work in massage therapy and herbal medicine is centered on reproductive health and the childbearing cycle.

Lena is currently on the Board of Directors of the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan NY (CEA/MNY) and she teaches classes on optimal perinatal nutrition in CEA/MNY's Teacher Certification Program. Lena is also a part-time faculty member at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in Manhattan where she teaches courses on herbal therapeutics for female reproductive health and the musculoskeletal system. Her work as both a birth doula and massage therapist has given her unique insight into the connection between maternal postural/structural issues and optimal fetal positioning for labor and birth. In her capacity as an educator she has supervised student massage clinics, taught massage courses, and written prenatal massage curriculum at two professional massage therapy training programs in NY. Lena is passionate about helping individuals and families take charge of their health and reduce their reliance on expensive, high impact and, often unnecessary, medical interventions by learning to incorporate simple wellness practices that are rooted in traditional wisdom and supported by modern evidence.

How I work with parents

For more information and to book an appointment for massage therapy or any of our other services please visit our website where you can book online: www.redmoonwellness.com

At Red Moon Wellness, we are all highly experienced in prenatal and postpartum massage and will offer precise deep tissue work during your perinatal period - we will not shy away from deep pressure out of ignorance of what is safe during pregnancy as is so common to find elsewhere. You can safely receive massage with us during all trimesters of pregnancy. With a practice owned by a women's health expert, perinatal massage instructor, birth doula, lactation counselor and childbirth educator, you can be assured that you are in the best hands at Red Moon Wellness. Owner, Lena DeGloma has experience teaching prenatal massage to other massage therapists and has written state-approved prenatal massage curriculum for an accredited massage therapy program here in NY. We have helped many pregnant clients with sciatic pain, swelling (edema) of the hands and feet, low back pain, SI (sacroiliac) joint paint, insomnia, digestive trouble, leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, stress relief, and relief of general muscle tension and pain. Many of our pregnant clients purchase a massage package and see us throughout their prenatal and postpartum period. Studies show the greatest benefit for those who receive regular massage during their pregnancy (although even one or two sessions can be highly beneficial). Evidence-based health benefits of perinatal massage are described in the section below.

During prenatal massage, you will be able to lie comfortably on your side with the support of pillows and bolsters (during the first trimester you may lie face down). We will focus on your specific needs depending on your stage of pregnancy and your individual experience. Many of our clients who have had prenatal massage elsewhere tell us that this is the first time they've had prenatal massage that has used deep enough pressure and been effective at pain relief. In your first trimester, it is safe to receive massage (as long as it is with a therapist who is properly trained, as we are). It can be helpful with fatigue, nausea, etc. In your second and third trimesters we can help with physical discomforts such as those listed above. Toward the end of your pregnancy, we can help prepare your body for labor and even do acupressure and cupping therapy to help stimulate labor if you are near or past your due date. Our postpartum massage focuses on physical recovery and rejuvenation after childbirth, giving you some space to focus on how your own body is feeling, and to relieve stiffness, tension, and pain associated with caring for a newborn. You can come for massage as soon after giving birth as you like and you even have the option to bring your newborn to postpartum appointments (this works well as long as your baby is under three months old and breastfeeding well without any major issues latching or problems with excessive crying such as colic). We have worked with women experiencing back pain and stiff neck from holding and feeding a newborn as well as the wrist and thumb pain that is common postpartum. Massage can also help to realign the pelvis following childbirth and relieve swelling or edema in the legs and feet that is common following childbirth if you received IV fluids or pitocin during labor. Massage may even help increase milk production through reduction in blood cortisol levels (stress hormones). We are also trained in breast massage which can be helpful for a variety of lactation related issues. Finally, we offer scar tissue massage and castor oil packs to support recovery from cesarean section (direct scar tissue massage and castor oil packs can begin about 4-6 weeks after sugery, but you can receive general massage as soon after surgery as you are ready - we can modify your positioning to accomodate a surgery site).

Lena DeGloma is also aducator and teaches a holistic approach to childbirth, including newborn care and breastfeeding, as a comprehensive weekend intensive. All classes take place at Bend and Bloom Yoga studio in Park Slope. Private and semi-private classes are also available.

My training & experience

Lena was certified as a birth doula by homebirth midwife and educator Susanrachel Condon of Niara Healing Arts. She also completed an advanced doula training with legendary midwife, Ina May Gaskin and renowned doula instructor and director of the film Orgasmic Birth, Debra Pascali-Bonaro. She was trained as a lactation counselor through the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding and is certified through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. Lena was certified as a childbirth educator through the rigorous 2-year certification program offered by the Childbirth EducatioLena with Babyn Association of Metropolitan NY (CEA/MNY). Lena studied massage therapy at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY where she was also trained in hydrotherapy and essential oils, and is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist. She began studying herbal medicine a decade ago, first through two apprenticeships (at Alba Nueva herb farm in Costa Rica with Dr. Ed Bernhardt and the Heartstone Herbal School near Ithaca, NY) and then went on to receive a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly known as Tai Sophia Institute), where she also completed a one-year post-graduate clinical internship at the university's Natural Care Center Clinic. Prior to obtaining her master's degree, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey. While at Rutgers she also studied French language and literature in Paris, France and regional politics in Zagreb, Croatia.