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Sliding Scale Fees | Prenatal/Postnatal Classes + Bodywork |
New to Yoga
| Massage Therapy for The General Population

Sliding Scale / Income Based Fees:

Why Do You Have Different Fees for Different Families?
Our fees are structured to make attendance/participation possible for all families, independent of their income. The forms + fees page lists the full range of program costs.

Do I have to fill out a lot of paperwork to get a sliding scale rate?
If you recieve WIC, RiteCare or RiteShare, you will not need to complete any paperwork, but wil need to show proof of participation in these programs. If you need a reduced rate, but do not qualify for or do participate in these programs, you will be asked to complete a simple financial statement and provide a copy of your previous year's taxes.

Do I have to do anything in addition to paying the reduced rate if I get approved for a sliding scale fees?
Some students or clients will do work-study as a means of reducing the amount they pay. Others will simply pay a reduced rate. This will be decided through the application process and communication with Center staff. We request that families seriously consider what they are able to pay, and if there are any ways that they can support the center through volunteering time. Our philosophy is one of community--we believe that each individual or family will have different areas of need, as well as areas in which they can give time or expertise. We ask you to participate in building a healthy community by requesting what you need, and contributing where you can.

Am I subsidizing other families by paying the full fee?
There are many different ways to look at this question. Ultimately, we would say no, you are not subsidizing other families, you are paying what you are reasonably able to, to support the entire community--just the same as as a family paying a reduced rate is paying what they are able to support the entire community. Our philosophy is one of community--we believe that each individual or family will have different areas of need, as well as areas in which they can give time or expertise. We ask you to participate in building a healthy community by requesting what you need, and contributing where you can.

Prenatal and Postnatal Services:

Prenatal Massage | Postnatal Massage | Prenatal Yoga | Parent + Baby Yoga
Prenatal/Parent + Baby World Dance | Infant Massage | Workshops | Newborn Soothing

Prenatal Massage:

How is prenatal or postnatal massage different from other types of massage?
Because of the physical changes that take place during pregnancy, prenatal massage involves different positioning on the massage table. During sessions, specific precautions must be taken to keep the mother and baby safe, and specific techniques can be used to address the common discomforts that arise during pregnancy and after giving birth. With this in mind, most massage modalities (deep tissue, myo-fascial, Swedish, etc.) can be modified and applied to prenatal massage.

Do practitioners have specialized certification?
At Motion Center, all therapists working with prenatal clients have specialized certification in pre- and postnatal massage therapy. While most licensed massage therapists touch on basic precautions for prenatal massage in their initial training, the majority have not studied working with pregnant or postpartum women in any detail. We strongly recommended that you find a practitioner with advanced certification in prenatal and postnatal massage. These practitioners will not only know how to modify sessions to be safe for you and your baby, they will also be trained in specific techniques to address the common discomforts associated with pregnancy and to prepare the body for labor.

Can I lie on my stomach?
During much of the first trimester, women are often able to lie comfortably and safely on their stomach. After this time, because of both comfort and safety issues, we place women on their sides with pillow supports and bolsters. This allows full access to the back in a comfortable, safe position.

Do you have one of those tables with a hole cut out for the belly?
There is ongoing debate in the prenatal massage field about whether these tables are actually good and safe for the mother and baby. At Motion Center, we do not use tables with cut-outs, as we believe they potentially create strain on uterine ligaments and increase intrauterine pressure.

Can I lie on my back?
It is safe to lie on your back until around week 18-20. Up to week 20, if the woman is comfortable, we allow her to lie on her back, sometimes placing a small pillow wedge under her right side to avoid the uterus pressing on her vena cava (major blood vessel). After week 20, we massage women lying on their sides or in a semi-reclining position (sitting with the back at a 45 degree angle) to insure that we do not apply undue pressure to the vena cava.

What do I wear to an appointment?
Most therapeutic massage uses an oil or lotion over bare skin. While the therapist is outside the treatment room, clients undress down to their underwear or completely and then to get on the table and cover themselves with the sheet that is provided. During a massage, the therapist uncovers only the body part that they are working on, taking care to never expose the breasts or genitals. For clients who are uncomfortable getting undressed, there are many massage techniques that can be performed with the client fully clothed. Please let you therapist know if you would like to work fully clothed.

Can prenatal massage help me prepare for labor?
Absolutely. Prenatal massage helps lengthen and strengthen the muscles used in labor, helps women become more aware of how they use their body, and helps to build sensory awareness within the body. Additionally, the experience of deep relaxation provided by massage can be called upon while laboring. Let your therapist know if you would specifically like to work on labor preparation, as there are many exercises she will introduce to you, and specific massage techniques she will incorporate into your sessions.

Is prenatal massage only for relaxation?
While relaxation is a wonderful benefit of prenatal massage, there are many other benefits, including decreasing pain and discomfort and preparing the body for labor.
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Postnatal Massage:

Can I bring my baby?
Yes, you many bring your baby to your massage session. Some women like to have the baby on the table with them; others bring bouncy chairs, moses baskets or car seats. Breaks nursing, comforting, and diaper changes are always supported.

It’s uncomfortable to lie on my breasts; will you be able to massage my back?
For comfort, it is often helpful to nurse just before having your massage. If lying directly on the breasts is still uncomfortable, supports can be placed under the body to decrease pressure, or you can receive massage for the back in a side-lying position.

Is postnatal massage only for relaxation?
No; In addition to facilitating relaxation, postnatal massage is also a wonderful way to rehabilitate the abdominal muscles, decrease muscular tension resulting from nursing and carrying infants, re-educate postural alignment and, in the case of cesarean sections, aid in functional scar healing.
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Prenatal Yoga:

What’s the difference between prenatal yoga and other yoga classes?
Prenatal yoga takes into account the specific structural and physiological changes that take place during pregnancy, and utilizes postures that are safe and supportive to the changes. In addition to avoiding postures that put undue strain on the body, prenatal yoga classes incorporate postures and breath practices that specifically help support the body during pregnancy and prepare the body and mind for labor.

Do I need to have practiced yoga before becoming pregnant to attend classes?
No--classes are gentle and teachers are able to modify postures for students at different levels.

I have to pee frequently; will this disrupt class?
Not at all--please use the restroom as often as you need.

Can I eat and drink during class to keep my blood sugar stable? Absolutely--we recommend that you bring a healthy snack and something to drink to class. While this is not recommended in “regular” yoga classes, it is very important in prenatal classes.

Are classes difficult or gentle?
Classes are gentle, but do take effort. Modifications in intensity are offered for all students at different levels. Classes are never vigorously cardiovascular or taught in a heated room, as this is not recommended during pregnancy.
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Parent + Baby Yoga:

How soon after labor can the birth mother start to attend class?
This is different for different women. Many healthcare workers like women to have the 6-week “all clear” appointment before beginning yoga or other forms of exercise. Others suggest that women begin whenever they feel up to it. Our recommendation is to check with your healthcare provider* and to wait until you are feeling eager to move out of the house and connect with people. If the idea of making it to class feels overwhelming and like just one more things you must do, then it is most likely too soon to begin. *We require women who have had cesarean sections to consult with their healthcare provider before beginning classes.

Where is my baby during class?
Your baby will be on a blanket, in a chair/seat or in your arms throughout class. Parents are never more than a hand’s reach away from their babies.

What if my baby or I are disturbing the other students with noise, diaper changes, or the need to move around?
While every parent worries about this at some point, nursing/bottle feeding, crying, squeeling, diaper changes and bouncing are just part of the reality of classes with babies in them. When you take care of your own and your baby’s needs, the more relaxed everyone else in class will feel about doing the same for themselves, and the more content all the babies will be. It can help to remind yourself that there is no other group of people who will be more understanding of what it means to take care of a baby!

What if I need to nurse?
You should feel free to nurse or bottle feed at any time during class. You will get the most out of class if you allow yourself to tend to your baby as soon as he/she needs something. With this attentive care, babies quickly become used to the class and parent are able to increase the amount of time they get to actively participate in class.

What if my baby cries during class?
Feel free to take care of your baby in whatever way you/he/she needs, and don’t worry about the noise. We will keep moving through class, and you can rejoin us as the baby settles.

When will I be ready to take “regular” yoga classes?
This will depend on what type of class you are interested in taking, and how you, individually, are feeling and healing. We encourage you to discuss this with your Mom + Baby yoga teacher.
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Prenatal / Parent + Baby World Dance
Is it safe to dance while I'm pregnant?
It is always good to check with your provider, so you and they can determine whether the class is appropriate for your particular pregnancy and health history. If you have any high risk conditions we will ask you to have them complete a release form. In general, a gentle cardiovascular workout is good for both you and the baby, and in addition to being good for your bodies, provides stress relief, helps combat depression and anxiety AND is great preparation for the very physical act of giving birth. Classes will keep you moving to fun world music, but are structured to be safe for a pregnant body.

I've had my baby, how soon can I come to class?
We recommend waiting 6-8 weeks before beginning classes. You will want to get the all clear from your practitioner, and to feel that your joints have re-stabilized after all the softening of pregnancy and birth. Giving birth is a huge process for the body, and we encourage you to allow yourself to rest and heal fully, before ingaging in vigorous exercise. Gentle classes like Parent + Baby Yoga can be started after four weeks, with your practitioner's all clear.

How is it possible to dance while I'm holding my baby?
We will teach you how to use a soft wrap to securely and safely hold your baby to your body (we have some you can use, or bring your own). The wrapping will ensure that the baby is held in a safe position that protects both his/her head and spine, and that he/she is held closely against your body to protect your back and hips.

How old does my baby need to be? How old is too old?
This depends somewhat on your healing and your baby's personality. In general, babies from 6 weeks to 18 months or even 2 years old love the class.

My baby hates being in a wrap. Will I be able to take the class?
We have a lot of moms or dads tell us their babies hate the wraps. Our experience is that once a parent knows how to get their baby snugly in the wrap, almost all babies are happy as soon as we start to dance. It can be pretty fun to watch a room of fussy babies go from crying/complaining to sound asleep or smiling within minutes. Remember, they were used being almost constantly "danced" when they were in the womb. They find it soothing and comforting.

What if my baby needs a diaper change or to eat?
You are always welcome and encouraged to do whatever your baby needs. Simply take a break and then join in again when you both are ready.
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Infant Massage
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Newborn Soothing / Happiest Baby on the Block
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Massage Therapy for Everyone:

Coming soon

About Yoga / New to Yoga:

What is Yoga?
In Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, the word yoga means union; the union of the body, mind and spirit. In the West, yoga instruction often focuses on the physical postures (asana) and breathwork (pranayama). Frequently, through practicing these, students go on to explore the other practices of yoga. To learn more, you can read about the Eight Limbs of Yoga and visit our Resources page.

How do I get started?
Our Parent, Prenatal, and Parent + Baby classes are suitable for beginners.

What are the benefits of yoga?
There are numerous benefits. These include:
• increased strength, flexibility, and balance
• improved physiological function
• increased sense of vitality and clarity
• reduced stress and anxiety

How often should I come to class?
Coming regularly, at least once or twice a week, allows you to progress in your practice and avoid injury.

What should I bring to class?
While we have mats in the studio we encourage students to bring their own. It is more hygienic and can encourage you to practice at home.




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Prenatal Yoga Classes
Drop-in $15
10-class card $130
     (good for 3 months)

Mom & Baby Yoga
and World Dance
Drop-in $18
6-Week Series $90
8-Week Series $120

Birthing + Postpartum Workshops
6-Week Series: $325
3-hour workshops - $60