The Doula Experience

Thursday night/Friday early morning, I’m laying in bed, trying to get some sleep. The phone rings. Unknown caller with a Spanish looking name. I ignore it. Probably a wrong number. Then the voicemail indicator dings and lights up. Hmmm… wrong numbers generally do not leave voicemails. So I check it. Lo and behold, it’s my very pregnant client, at 40 weeks, calling from the hospital (hence the weird name).

“Steph, we would love for you to be here. I’m in labor.” A few text messages back and forth, and it was determined – I had to go. Screw the hair and makeup. I’m out the door.

I drove 30 minutes to get to my client’s hospital at 3:15 a.m. By 4 a.m., she was already at 4 cm dilated. Fabulous. Contractions were 2 minutes apart; I guesstimated a delivery anytime around 6:30 or 7:30 a.m. I wasn’t too far off. I had my 9th baby delivery as a massage doula Friday morning at 7:46 a.m. CST.

When I arrived, I was surprised that there was no family present. Just husband and wife, the nurses and a doctor. The room was kept peaceful and quiet. I made sure to update myself on my client’s birth plan, in case something had changed. I wanted to make sure I familiarized myself with specifics – that she wanted essential oils, quiet music and the big one – to give birth to her baby girl without medication or other intervention.

I was immediately humbled. My work with my client on the table had obviously struck a chord with her – enough to make me important enough to be in the delivery room with her to experience her first child being born. As always, I took charge. I made eye contact with her through some tough contractions. I fetched cold towels, helped with positioning, kept her moving and ensured that she had everything she needed. I kept massaging and relieving cramps for 3.5 hours straight. I coached her on, held her hand, fixed her hair… and was just “there” in quiet comfort.

What an emotional journey childbirth is. So intimate, raw and vivid all the same. Intense. Of course, I cried right along with this couple when their baby girl was born. I was overcome with emotion. Beautiful delivery and child.

Several women develop long-lasting relationships with their massage therapist and/or doula. It’s a special kind of relationship because of the personal-ness of the service that we therapists provide. There’s just simply a connection there that exists without definition or stating it. To be called in to help a woman in labor is an honor. Continued to be humbled…

All About Steven Haag, CMT

One of the things I think is great about Steven Haag, CMT is his sense of humor. Whenever we’re in the office, Steven and I just go back and forth musing over sarcastic humor. Steven’s professional, takes care of things and is our “token male”. I’m glad he’s on board with our company, as he’s a fantastic addition to our team.

Steven is StoneWater Massage & Skin Care’s Manager, and oversees operations pertaining to client relations and scheduling. He encourages teamwork and accountability within our office to ensure that our clients’ experiences are excellent ones. An effective manager, he exercises a cooperative nature in working with our staff to promote a happy environment!

Steven is a graduate from Brown College and is phenomenal with hot stone massage. He has over 5 years of experience in massage therapy. He came to our spa as a former Massage Envy employee and while he was employed there, was a team leader.

A massage with Steven is truly an experience. He quickly won over several of our female clients with his ability to provide a quiet, relaxing and therapeutic environment. Steven uses the perfect amount of pressure in his massage. If you need an hour or two just for yourself, or need muscles loosened up in a gentle but firm manner, Steven is the perfect massage therapist for you. He has become one of the preferred therapists that area chiropractors have their patients see for injury-related rehabilitation or chronic issues.

My recommendation? Leave any preconceived notion you have about male massage therapists behind. Steven uses excellent pressure and has a wide range of applied pressure from extremely gentle to firm. Try his hot stone massage as he does it a lot better than I ever could. It’ll leave you in a state of melted butter.

All About Steph Lasch, LMT

Welcome to my “All About Me” page.

I really have a passion for what I do. When I created StoneWater Massage & Skin Care, I had a vision in mind – I wanted a place where massage was affordable to the general public, to have a place to be a mentor to massage therapists still developing their talents, and provide an environment of excellence. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to sit back and see how the company has transformed in just the past year.

Part of my commitment to excellence is continued training through continuing education, research, and working effectively with my peers. I’ve established some great working relationships with area massage therapy schools which helps put StoneWater Massage & Skin Care in a preferred position for graduates.

I am the owner and visionary of StoneWater Massage & Skin Care (StoneWater Health LLC) and have over 6 years of experience in the massage & spa industry. I graduated from Minnesota School of Business – Globe University and hit the ground running with a mission. I also have 2 degrees from Minnesota State University in Accounting and Economics. I specialize in Pre/Postnatal/Pregnancy and Infant Massage, Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, as well as the Bellanina Facelift Massage technique. I think the main reason why clients want to schedule an appointment with me is my personable nature in determining the need, making an assessment, and creating a plan to achieve specific goals. My personal clients know I’m going to go above and beyond to take care of them, and even put in time after work to do research and provide stretching homework. My relationships with my clients are extremely valuable to me. Each person I have the honor to massage brings something unique and gratifying to the table.

My certifications and licenses are as follows: Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist (CPMT), Massage Doula, Certified Infant Massage Therapist/Instructor, Certified Bellanina Facelift Massage Specialist (CBFMS), Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN), Certified Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist (CMT), Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist (CNMT), Certified in Infant Resuscitation, Certified CPR/AED.

Professional Memberships/Insurance/Affiliations include: AMTA Professional Member, ABMP Professional Member, NCBTMB, ISSA, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Quad Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakes Area Women in Business, MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for Chain of Lakes YMCA

Massage Series Mean Serious Commitment and Savings

Today, we released our “Christmas in July” sale. If you haven’t seen the newsletter yet, be sure to get those lovely hands of yours on a digital copy. Like, here you go! http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs031/1103531196178/archive/1106618539775.html

What are series? Series are a “packaged” group of sessions bulked together in an effort to help you save money and make more of a commitment to massage therapy. We have found that when our clients have a series package to use, we see them on the table more often and results are that much more easier to attain. This is a win/win for everyone.

Should I buy a series? Anytime you see free massage offered as an added benefit to buying a series, this is the time to buy! Series are for people that 1) enjoy massage therapy 2) like to get massage often 3) need a way to afford it more easily 4) have a lot of bodywork goals to accomplish and 5) need the assistance of a massage therapist to help them make adjustments in their lifestyle and body. When we have a Christmas in July Sale like this – you don’t want to miss it.

What is this week’s special? Our Christmas in July sale is a fantastic one this year – beats out our prior sales hands down. Pun intended. This year you have 2 options:

1) Buy any non-Master Level series (except Steam Sauna series) and receive 3 FREE Master Level 60 min. Massage Sessions. That’s a $195 value. For FREE.

2) Buy a Master Level series, and receive a Custom Massage 60 min. Series for FREE. That is a $312 value. For FREE.

Massage GuyWhich one should you buy? This depends on whether or not you want to primarily work with our two Master Level massage therapists, myself and Sarah La Vaque. The 60 min. Custom Massage sessions can be used with any one of our professional and new talent level massage therapists. Or, you can always upgrade your FREE series to continue your work with the Master Level team. If you’d like to primarily work with the professional and new talent level massage therapists, then perhaps the non-Master Level series is for you. That way, you can get a taste of what the difference of Master Level is.

Why/when do we offer series? We try hard to review the outstanding series balances of our clients’ accounts. When we see everyone getting a bit low on their series, and we have equipment to buy, we will generally offer an awesome sale like this. So, by you purchasing a series, not only are you saving a ton of money, but you also help out small businesses buy new equipment which you’ll benefit from!

Ready to commit? Here’s the link to go forth and relax: http://www.secure-booker.com/stonewatermassage/ShopOnline/Series.aspx. All you have to do is add the series you want (option 1 or option 2) to your cart and checkout. We’ll add the extra FREE stuff to your order when we process it. You’ll see everything available to you in your cart upon receiving your receipt (emailed to you).

We love your loyalty. We appreciate you choosing us. We remain humbled.

Massage is Just a Text Message Away

We all have “those days”.

Hopefully they are rare and far between. But generally, they come from time to time, yielding a massive energy black hole in our lives. All of a sudden, you get a text message from your locally owned neighborhood therapy spa, StoneWater Massage & Skin Care. There’s a massage opening at 5:30. Crisis averted. As you log in or call the spa, your worries begin to start to melt away. See? Now isn’t that better?

We all try to be on top of things like scheduling. Time and time again, though, I’ve seen clients that have completely forgotten how much time has lapsed since their last massage. As a result, we spend an entire hour just trying to get the soft tissues mobilized again instead of allowing for a completely hypnotic massage experience.

StoneWater Massage & Skin Care now has text message alerts that let you be the first to know about schedule openings, sales and new stuff happening. Text “StoneWater” to 313131 to get the latest and greatest – and maybe save your body from a night of fitful sleep due to pain.

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