heal your body
quiet your mind
calm your spirit
Maya Krishnasastry, LMT
I became a massage therapist because I felt drawn to the power of touch and its capacity to heal. Receiving therapeutic touch integrates the mind, body, and spirit; it can be a valuable component of wellness in today’s rushed and disconnected world. As both a massage therapist and a doula I strive to create an overall sense of peace and comfort, as I believe this helps the body integrate and accept change. My background in dance and practice of yoga, meditation, and qi gong inform my intuition in all aspects of my work. To read more about my philosophy of massage please see my blog post entitled, "The Healing Power of Touch".
I have been a NY state licensed massage therapist since 2006, graduating from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. I became certified in prenatal and postpartum massage in 2008. Inspired by the beauty and profound transformation of pregnancy and birth, I went on to train as a labor support and postpartum doula. I have completed various additional trainings as a massage therapist, most notably in the areas of oncology massage, post-mastectomy massage, shiatsu, and pregnancy massage. Most recently I received a bachelors degree in nursing in 2018, and currently work as a Mother/Baby nurse. As I move forwards, I hope to continue providing compassionate, respectful care to those in need, combining my knowledge of both Eastern and Western medicine.
About me . . .
"We're all just walking each other home."
- Ram Dass
A massage session is a good opportunity to focus inward, and bring your awareness back to the current state of your mind and body. Whether your goals are to recover from an injury, correct postural imbalances, manage pain, or just de-stress, massage is a great way to initiate and support your body’s own healing process. My bodywork draws on the techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and shiatsu. I aim to reduce sympathetic nervous system firing, move blood and qi, and work with my client’s breath to encourage muscles to soften, lengthen and relax.
PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM MASSAGE
Receiving massage while pregnant can be a great way to relax and connect with your body and your baby. Skilled, nurturing touch reduces stress, relieves aches and pains, and promotes healthy circulation of blood and lymph. In the weeks and months after your baby is born, therapeutic massage can help you recover, realign your posture, and support you as you care for your newborn.
BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES
My work as a birth doula is currently on hold, as I am unable to take call while working as a nurse. A birth doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. If you are interested in birth doula services I would be happy to refer you to some of my colleagues.
As a postpartum doula my goal is to take care of you, so that you can take care of your baby. I can do some light housework, prepare a meal, offer basic breastfeeding support, or help you process your birth experience - anything that helps you and your family feel supported and allows you to spend quality time with your newborn. The amount of time I visit each week varies depending on your needs.
Appointments available in NYC and Westchester.
Rates for services vary according to location.
Please contact me for more information.