Chelsea Ann Gomes
Massage Therapist LMT#14451
Born and raised by the sea of the Pacific Coast, this ancient wisdom guides me forth. I began my healing path deeply rooted in the natural world, studying herbal medicine, which brought me to these richly bio-diverse Appalachia Mountains. I have worked in the Health and Wellness field for seventeen years, growing my own practices of self awareness. I am trained and certified in Western Herbal Medicine. I love connecting to the earth thru identifying, harvesting, growing and making medicine, as well as working with people to optimize their health.
I am also a Holistic Doula, supporting the growth, transformation and magic of the birthing journey. It is a joy of mine to nurture women by offering pregnancy massage. Integrating Body work has been a natural evolution for my practice. Graduating from the School of Massage & Yoga in 2014, I have since been dedicated to cultivating my skills and deepening my wisdom. Dancing with the Body ,weaving a beautiful blend of modalities, my therapeutic touch incorporates shiatsu, deep tissue, trigger point, thai, reflexology, sports massage, myofascial release and Reiki. Alchemically blending your experience with purposeful knowledge, and intuitive wisdom, I am honored to assist your Connection, Rejuvenation and Healing.
Integrative therapeutic massage is tailored to meet clients individual needs. Meeting clients desired firmness of pressure while blending a delightful combination of modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point, Thai, sports and cranial sacral therapy. Integrative massage treatments include essential oils, steamed towels, and hot stones.
Offers focused therapeutic deep work. Often Trigger point therapy and myofascial release is helpful to bring in the mix to assist the release of tight muscles.
Treatments are tailored for mothers-to-be and new moms to nurture the bodies' growing needs, connect, relax and receive a deep and nurturing experience. Various cushions and pillows are used to support both mother and baby during these sessions. Positions such as sideline and supported supine are used to address your specific area of need and to best support your beautiful changing body.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful and luxurious way to help your body adjust to the changes of pregnancy as well as prepare for labor. The ability to allow tired muscles to release and a busy mind to turn off are helpful skills to carry into labor and parenthood.
Swedish massage, deep tissue, acupressure and reflexology techniques are used during sessions as needed. Pregnancy massage is indicated for women in their second and third trimesters.
Some women have found success in receiving a labor invitation massage, done any time after 39 weeks gestation, to help your body and baby welcome the labor process. The invitation is a gentle nudge that uses a combination of massage, cupping, acupressure points & aromatherapy while working with attention and intention.
For more information on the proven benefits of pregnancy massage according the The National Institute of Health , please visit : research
Postpartum massage promotes a faster recovery after birth and helps relieve overworked muscles. After your baby is born is a wonderful time to get bodywork because there is still a high level of the pregnancy hormone relaxin in your body, which makes muscular and structural changes more possible during this time – potentially creating lasting change in your body.
In home postpartum sessions are one of my favorite services to offer! Some families purchase a package of multiple sessions, so that the whole family can get treated including partners and babies. Offering this service to support the natural need of the postpartum family to nest and nurture themselves during this time of great change and sleep deprivation can be a tremendous gift. Basic breastfeeding information and support can be shared during these sessions if there is a need.
“You know that the flower bends when the wind wants it to, and you must become like that-that is, filled with deep trust.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
Birth is an incredible, transformation journey. It will be an honor to assist and support the authentic choices you, the birthing family, make. As your Doula, I will nurture and support you and your family throughout labor and birth. I will provide continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she chooses to give birth. I will support your labor by offering emotional and physical support and by being your advocate. I am committed to meet you, witness you, and support you and your family in the incredible journey of bringing forth life.
Birth work was a calling since I first read Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin in 2004. I was deeply moved and knew in my soul that I was to one day be a supportive presence to birthing mothers. I have been supporting birth since 2009 when I first studied Holistic Birth with the wise Whapio Bartlett www.thematrona.com. She ignited my passion and heart and expanded perspective within the offering of assisting the birthing journey. I have attended homebirths in the Asheville area as a Certified Holistic Doula. I am presently pursuing DONA certification and my Doula services are currently being offered at www.homegrownbabies.com
Homegrown Babies offers support and education for expectant mothers and families, breastfeeding support, postpartum education, doula services, placenta encapsulation, prenatal and postpartum yoga, new parents support groups, and an expansive array of additional offerings for the community’s well being.
For more information about the benefits of having a Doula please visit: www.evidencebasedbirth.com
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are inspired by the ancient Central American healing traditions of the Maya. Developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, this modality grew out of her apprenticeship with Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize, Central America with whom she apprenticed for 10 years. Rosita also studied with Hortence Robinson, a 73 year old herbal midwife of Belize who has been delivering babies since she was 13.
The techniques are unique in the bridge they create between traditional knowledge and modern understanding. Invaluable to women, they are also of deep benefit people of all ages, stages and genders.
This therapy guides abdominal organs, muscles and ligaments into an optimal alignment to support proper circulation and function. The technique works by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of energy and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. It also supports organ function by releasing emotional and energetic congestion from the abdomen. This massage is an external gentle application to the abdomen, back, hips and sacrum, and offers benefits to both men and women.
The techniques include abdominal and sacral massage, castor oil applications, pelvic steaming, herbal preparations, and more. All clients are taught self-care massage, as well as any other techniques pertinent to their needs. For more information on this beautiful and important work: click here
The fourth trimester can be a vulnerable time full of changes, with a lot to take in for all members of the family. It is an honor to support families in navigating this period, bringing listening ears, comforting care, nourishment, herbal support, reflections and helping hands. Also as a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in perinatal massage It can be a tremendous gift to a mother/family to bring postpartum massage to the home. Offering evidence-based information and education to help with breastfeeding, baby care, and self-care. I bring a gentle and compassionate approach to focus on what you need and what works best for your specific situation.Postpartum Care Takes place in your home and is an hourly rate of$25/ daytime $30/Overnight
A session begins with a 90 minute initial consultation for all new clients. This initial session includes a in-depth look into your health history and covers your health goals. A complete review of lifestyle, nutrition, and emotional/mental/spiritual health patterns will be explored to gain a clear picture of where you are in your health journey. Herbalism is a holistic practice. Herbal consultations are client-specific, focusing on the whole person, clients receive personalized care that aims to gently bring the body back into a healthy balance. Formulas can be created from my apothecary and we will discuss options for additional resources you may find in the area. This includes food and nutritional counseling, lifestyle suggestions, and of course, herbal recommendations. I will work with you as my client, doing my best to assist you meeting your health goals.Initial Consultation – $60, includes first visit, customized health plan, and herbal blending.
Medical Herbalists are highly trained practitioners that combine the use of botanical medicines, science, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes
to restore health. Medical Herbalists are NOT doctors, and do not diagnose, treat or prescribe medicine or substitute consultation with a licensed health-care professional.
“Out beyond ideas of right and wrong there is a field, I’ll meet you there”-Rumi.
Health & Education Center
201 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
"Chelsea is a gifted massage therapist with a gentle nature and strong and sure hands. She's highly attuned to her client's needs and able to tailor her sessions to what is needed in the moment. Chelsea is equally adept with soothing, Swedish-style massage as deep tissue work. Whenever I receive a massage from her, I leave feeling relaxed and lighter on my feet."
"One of the best hours of my pregnancy. Thanks for easing the tension with your incredible, healing touch and for helping me to connect back to my body and baby! So much gratitude."
"Chelsea is a wonderful body worker. I felt absolutely incredible after she helped me through some debilitating pain I had in my back. She was thorough and intuitive! I couldn’t have asked for more."
"My experience was so surreal. Chelsea was absolutely amazing. She helped me relax with ease right away from the serene, peaceful, and calming atmosphere. When it came time for the actual massage, I was beyond satisfied! Her technique, touch, pressure, and most importantly gentleness was exactly what I needed. For once in a long time I was able to let go, clear my mind and receive some much needed therapy. Thank you so much Chelsea, I'm now and forever your #1 fan."
"Chelsea is not only a wonderful massage therapist, but a warm, grounded, and kind person with a calm, steady presence. Her hands are truly healing, and I felt amazing after my massage with her."
"Chelsea, Thank you for massaging me while pregnant, for massaging my son in the womb (which he loved) and for helping me release the aches, pains, tensions, stress and trauma. My massage was so healing yesterday, my body needed it so much more than I knew."
"Chelsea is a very special massage therapist. Not only is she intuitive but also very kind, both emotionally and physically. connecting to our deeper layers as humans. She has a powerful healers' touch. She also was my doula during my first endeavor to motherhood and cared for my changing body and spirit through its transformation. We are so grateful to her in our household!"
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