Therapies and Specialties
Birth and Cesarean Birth Doula Services, Pregnancy Massage, Postpartum Massage, Medical Massage, Infant Massage Education
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Amanda Rayburg LMT, Birth and Cesarean 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.
Birth and Cesarean Birth Doula
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 pregnancy, birth and postpartum support tools, and just 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 and birth offering support and working with your partner as a team to help keep Mama calm, cared for and confident so all she needs to focus on is having baby.
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" Massage Treatment
*"Labor induction" massage is not guaranteed to induce labor.
Labor Induction Massage is for expectant mothers who are at 40+ weeks gestation. 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.
Coming Soon: Maya Abdominal Therapy
I was drawn to this modality because it is known to help with digestive and fertility issues in a non-invasive and holistic way. I made it a goal one day take this training because it is so needed in our community. Currently there is only one practitioner in the Buffalo, NY area who offers this type of treatment, and she is very busy. There is another located in Rochester, NY (about 1.5 hours away) and she states she gets clients coming from Buffalo all the time.
I recently finished the Level 1 Self Care Training and I am ready to go on to Level 2, Professional Care Training.
Like most specialized trainings they are costly. I am currently holding a fundraiser for the cost of the class. The training is 5.5 days and includes meals and lodging. There are classes offered throughout the year. Once the goal is met I will register for the course. I plan to take it before the end of 2018. Learning this technique has been a huge goal of mine for almost a decade. Any little bit you can contribute to help me meet that goal and better serve our community would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you!
Workshops and Support Groups offered by Amanda Rayburg, LMT
Support, Bonding and Comfort for Expectant Couples : Rebozo For Preganacy, Birth and Postpartum 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 them 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 3-4 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.
WNY Cesarean Birth Support: I started this group in hopes to educate and support women who have had a Cesarean Birth, will be having a Cesarean Birth, or just want to learn more about Cesarean Birth. We are here to support each other with no judgment, to learn from one another, and to educate each other with facts, not fear. Please join us on Facebook to find out more.