Therapies and Specialties
Birth Doula Services, Pregnancy Massage, Postpartum Massage, Medical Massage, Infant Massage Education
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Amanda Rayburg LMT, Birth Doula
I am a NYS licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of the Trocaire College Medical Massage program. In my two years of study at Trocaire, I earned an Associates in Applied Sciences and Massage Therapy Certification. As a student, I interned at Depew Health Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
In my private practice at the HEAT Center, I specialize in Medical/ Therapeutic Massage, Pregnancy Massage and Postpartum Massage Therapy. I am also proud to provide Birth Doula Services and Infant Massage Education for Parents and Caregivers.
Prior to becoming an LMT, I was an Early Childhood Educator at the University of Buffalo Child Care Center. I had the pleasure of watching families grow as well as supporting parents through their child's growth and development, from the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years. My ten-year experience at UB Child Care Center gave me a unique perspective insight regarding child development, teaching, patience and collaboration with parents and co-workers.
When I decided to go to massage school I had no idea where this new career would take me. It wasn't until two years into my massage practice that a client of mine became pregnant with her first child and asked me to attend her birth. She said, "No one relaxes me the way you do and you could massage me while I'm in labor." I agreed and was there for the birth of her son eight months later. This experience was life-changing and I decided that day I could offer labor support for the rest of my life—this was the beginning of my Doula career.
Since attending this first birth in October of 2012, I have acquired Doula training as well as specialized training in Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage Therapies and have received certification as an Infant Massage Educator.
I am very thankful and blessed to be in a position where I can continue to support women, parents and children. I truly love what I do and will actively continue to educate myself in order to better serve my community through massage therapy, education and birth support services.
Expecting a baby? Having a Doula is beneficial for both you and your partner during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. A Doula is your personal resource for all things birth and baby. I will work with you and your partner one-on-one to develop a birth plan, offer labor support tools, and to answer any questions you may have along the way. As your Doula I work only for you and your partner, not the hospital, birthing center or Midwife. I will attend your labor offering support and working with your partner as a team to help keep Mama calm, cared for and confident.
Growing a human is serious business! A mother's body goes through many physical and emotional changes during this magical and sometimes stressful time. Allow pregnancy massage to help Mama feel relaxed and confident as she prepares for birth and baby.
You just spent nine months growing a human, gave birth, and are now swimming in the lakes of motherhood. After all that hard work Mama could sure use a massage. Though it may often seem difficult to fit into a busy schedule, postpartum massage therapy is one of the MOST beneficial things a new mom can do for herself, offering a speedier recovery from childbirth. Did you have a Cesarean birth? Massage also promotes the healing and breakdown of scar tissue.
This type of massage therapy treatment is used to address any acute or chronic muscular injuries or discomforts. Compared to a relaxation or Swedish massage treatment, a medical/therapeutic massage treatment focuses on a particular problem area, for example a rotator cuff or low back issue. Deep tissue techniques, along with stretching, are often used during treatment. Depending on the severity of a muscular issue, weekly or bi-weekly treatments may be recommended.
Labor Induction Chair Massage
Labor induction massage is not guaranteed to induce labor.
Labor Induction Massage is for expectant mothers who are at 40+ weeks gestation. This massage is performed with client clothed and sitting in a massage chair. Labor inducing acupressure points on clients feet, hands, and back are addressed along with a general relaxation massage at the end. Mamas partner, spouse, or support person are welcomed and encouraged to attend this treatment. By learning these points you can easily address them at home and continue to encourage the onset of labor.
Workshops offered by Amanda
Rebozo For Birth: Labor Support for Couples A Rebozo is a long mexican shawl that has been used not only in fashion, but in labor support by Mexican women for centuries. This beautiful piece of traditional fabric is used for relieving muscle tension and relaxation during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Showing your partner how to use the Rebozo will give him/her a tool to have the confidence to take an active and supportive role in your pregnancy and during the birth of your baby. This workshop is offered in both group and private classes.
Infant Massage Education for Parents and Caregivers: Learn to massage your Baby! This 4 week series teaches you the importance of bonding and the wonderful benefits massage therapy has on Baby's social, physical, and neurological development. This series is offered in both group and private classes.
Ultimate Dads Workshop: The Ultimate Dads Workshop is WNY's only parenting workshop designed with men in mind. Join your instructors, Licensed Massage Therapists and Doulas, Deidre Medina and Amanda Rayburg as they prepare you for birth and fatherhood in this fun, educational and competitive hands on workshop. Register today and Don't just be any Dad, be the Ultimate Dad!