Prenatal Massage Specialist
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
PREGNANCY, BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM SERVICES
- Prenatal Massage
- Labor Prep Massage
- Postpartum Massage
- Holistic Pain Management Instruction
- Birth Rehearsals for Couples
- Lactation Counseling
- Prenatal and Postpartum Therapeutic Exercises
CUSTOMIZED MASSAGE SESSIONS
- Therapeutic Massage
- Myofascial Release Techniques (Barnes)
- Chinese Cupping
- Thai Herbal Poultice Massage
- Microcurrent Point Stimulation for Pain Management
- Raindrop Aromatherapy
- Esoteric Healing
- Reiki Treatments
Massage during pregnancy can help reduce back pain, relieve muscle tension and soreness in the joints, provide soothing comfort to calm your nervous system and reduce stress, and be beneficial in aligning your posture.
A therapeutic massage using myofascial techniques administered close to your due date, to prepare your body tissues for birth. Specific positioning, birthing breath, visualization and the use of precise acupressure techniques enhance the effectiveness and help you to prepare for birth naturally!
Reduce the strain that long hours of breastfeeding can put on your neck, shoulders and back muscles with this customized postpartum massage therapy treatment. Other benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep . It assists with healing (and C-section recovery), as well as helping to return the pelvic area into proper alignment.
Understand how our body registers pain, and practice skills that will help you manage the tensions and discomforts during all the phases of labor: Positioning, breathing techniques, visualization, relaxation techniques, affirmations, application of hot and cold packs, and several other beneficial techniques will be discussed and practiced to help you through the birthing process.
A hands-on practice of the active labor options, created at the request of the Fathers-to- be, to be able to feel more supportive during the birthing process. Practicing supportive holds, becoming familiar with your breathing rhythms, allows both of you to get a sense of timing for the process. The rehearsal lets your body memory guide you once actual labor begins. Both women and partners have said that they feel confident and more at ease entering into labor, having done the rehearsal.
Whether it is your first baby, or second or more, we sometimes need some guidance with breastfeeding. Do not hesitate to contact me, when you need some support.
Using exercises from Yoga, Pilates and Movement-based techniques.
PRENATAL: Strengthening, easing up tense areas, supporting a good circulation, or finding comfortable positions and practicing relaxation for peace of mind. Whatever your needs be, this one-on-one session will be designed especially for you.
POSTPARTUM recovery, strengthening and alignment with emphasis on abdominal, lumbar, and pelvic floor areas as well as shoulders, neck and back.
customized especially for you
Customized to suit your needs. This massage may include elements of Swedish massage, Myofascial release techniques, cupping, therapeutic stretching, aromatherapy, and Neurostimm for pain management.
A method of using a combination of reflexology, massage therapy, and essential oils in layers on the feet and along the spine. It has been known to strengthen the immune system, relieve back issues, reduce stress, increase circulation and oxygenation of tissues to promote self-healing and reduce inflammation along the spine.
Vibrational Raindrop is a cutting edge enhancement using sound and vibrational instruments (tuning forks and singing bowls), to intensify the effect of the essential oils.
This method treats the human energy field: the "Electrical System" which vitalizes and controls the physical body. The areas of the body that have been successfully treated are: thyroid, heart, pancreas, stomach, liver, spleen, ovaries, glands, skin, bones, hips, knees, feet, and mental and emotional upsets. The practitioner aligns and balances the Chakras to the internal organs with energetic insight and expert knowledge of the human anatomy.
Reiki is the Japanese word that means "universal life energy". It is an ancient energetic healing technique to balance and harmonize the body, mind and spirit. It can be performed as a laying on of hands, with hands held a few inches above the body, or administered from a distance. The hands of the practitioner cover the major areas of the body slowly allowing the life force energy to channel through and be received by the client for healing.
Please call Cheryl at (239) 248-7931 or email to Lifebehold@gmail.com to arrange a session.
REFER FRIENDS & FAMILY
Referrals are a wonderful way for your friends and family to try my services.
You will receive $10 off your next session, when your referred friend/family member books and receives a service, in appreciation for spreading the word.
AND they also receive $10 off their first session!
Not to be combined with other special offers.
I always customize the treatments to offer you the best possible results. Besides my special training and 20 years experience as a Prenatal, Labor, and Postpartum Massage Therapist, I also help others using a variety of holistic methods to enhance the massage therapy treatment, such as
My clients have had positive results with my treatment programs for:
While teaching Hatha yoga classes at the fitness center, I noticed a few pregnant women joining the class in the back row. I decided to acquire more specific skills to help them, and in 2001, I went to train with Dr. Francoise Freedman of Birthlight International, Cambridge, UK, in Prenatal Yoga, Prenatal Aquatics, Baby Yoga, and Pregnancy and Infant massage. I then founded Birthlight Zurich, a center for Prenatal Yoga, Aquatics and Massage, the first of its kind in Switzerland.
My experience in yoga, movement, meditation and massage, have given me an optimal background for supporting and guiding women to birth their babies more comfortably. Labor is often shorter, and with fewer complications. Babies arrive in a state of calmness, and breastfeeding can proceed easily. My approach to helping pregnant and postpartum women is a holistic body-mind approach, incorporating movement, breath, pain management skills, and therapeutic massage.
I offer Lactation Counseling, and am the resident massage therapist at the Family Birth Center in Naples, Florida, since 2012.
Born in Massachusetts, My career as a professional classical ballet dancer, then as a medical research assistant, span the arts and sciences. I left for Europe when I was 17 years old, attending the renominated Centre de Danse International, studying with Ballerina Assoluta Rosella Hightower, in Cannes, France, and continuing to dance in ballet companies in Europe for another 10 years. I then went into the Medical Research field, working in histology laboratories using Electron and Light Microscopes. The need to move and exercise led me to take Yoga and Pilates classes as well as my beloved dance classes. A severe achilles tendon injury led me down a path of healing in Switzerland, learning and experiencing many holistic modalities such as Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Reiki, Chinese Cupping, Sound Therapy, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Ayurveda massage, and many more. I began to teach yoga full time in Zurich, and started to work with pregnant women. I founded Birthlight Zurich in 2005, a center for prenatal yoga, aquatics and massage and had many pregnant women attending classes and receiving massage treatments.
My meditation skills were acquired through years of diligent practice with my Buddhist teachers: Thich Nhat Hanh, Lodro Rinpoche, and Jill Purce. A memorable experience was the year that I spent in India (2008). with the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, working as a volunteer offering prenatal yoga at the Delek Hospital, yoga for preschoolers at the exile government day care center, helping at the Tibetan Children's Village, and offering assistance at an NGO for active non-violent education.
I currently live in Bonita Springs, Fl. I am the resident massage therapist at the Family Birth Center Naples. My love for teaching has led me to be on staff as a teacher for Massage Therapy, Anatomy & Physiology classes, Continuing Education Courses for Massage Therapists, and Workshops for Estheticians at the Bonita Springs School of Massage & Beauty.
I also enjoy offering services and treatments in private practice to area residents.................And spend my free time singing Kirtan and cultivating my butterfly garden!
The CE Courses for 2019 have been completed.
New CE courses will be offered starting in Spring/Summer 2020.
Prenatal Massage Certification Course (Levels I, II, III)
Basic Prenatal Massage Course
12 Hours CE
CEBroker ID #: 20-731332
Overview of the changes through pregnancy
General guidelines for massage therapy
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Anatomy of a pregnant woman
Stages of pregnancy
Each Trimester: learn about physiological changes, common issues and their management
Prenatal Massage Contraindications
Intake, Interview and Assessment before Treatment
Overview of Massage Options and Positions
Massage Techniques recommended by Trimester
Body Cushions and Side-Lying Techniques
Demonstration of a Prenatal Massage
Practical Instruction of a Prenatal Massage (Hands-on time)
Advanced Prenatal Massage
8 Hours CE
CEBroker ID #: 20-731346
Understanding all phases of prenatal massage therapy care
Detailed anatomy and physiology during pregnancy
Assessment and adaptation for complicated “high risk” pregnancies
Research, Statistics and Information about Prenatal Massage
Fascial release techniques and positioning to help alignment of the pelvic region
Skills to facilitate relaxation and reduce pain
Attending to the emotions of your client through subtle touch
Hands-On time to practice the skills
Advanced Prenatal, Labor and Postpartum Massage Techniques
8 Hours CE
CEBroker ID # 20-731354
Review and refinement of Prenatal Massage Techniques
Students can bring in case study notes to review
Getting ready for baby: Labor prep massage techniques
Labor Massage: The Benefits, the techniques
The Postpartum Body
Benefits of Postpartum Massage
Techniques for Postpartum Massage, and how they differ from a “regular” massage
Ample Time for Hands-on practice of the various skills
COMPLETING ALL THREE LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION ALLOWS THE PRACTITIONER TO QUALIFY TO BECOME CERTIFIED IN PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM MASSAGE TECHNIQUES.
If you have any questions concerning the course content, or registration procedure, please contact Cheryl Bernardi at
(239) 248-7931 or Lifebehold@gmail.com
12 hours CE
CEBroker ID #: 20-658999
The Raindrop Technique is a method of using a combination of reflexology, aromatherapy, massage techniques, and essential oils applied in layers onto the feet and along the spine. It has been known to strengthen the immune system, relieve back pain, and to create balance and harmony in the body - physically, mentally and emotionally.
We will learn the original application designed by D. Gary Young, as well as a cutting edge enhancement of the Raindrop Therapy using sound and vibrational instruments (tuning forks and singing bowls), taking the treatment to the next level of healing capabilities.
East Meets West
12 hours CE
An In-Depth training in the ancient art of Chinese Cupping and Gua Sha for face and body. Learn about the Meridians, the 5 Elements, and specific Acupressure Techniques, to effectively help your clients unblock stagnant energy and help with pain management. The focus of this course is on practical application.
In addition, you will learn to practice Taoist Exercises for Bone, Blood and Joint Health as self-care measures.
Body Wraps for Cellulite
6 hours CE
In this Pantry Course you will learn to create Body Wraps & Masques made from natural substances, enhanced with therapeutic grade essential oils to aid and enhance the detoxification process, which leads to a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Various tools will be introduced (cupping, knobby brushes, fascia tools and heat) to be able to offer your clients individualized treatments to meet their specific needs.
6 hours CE
The human body is more energy than it is matter, meaning that the energy in one's body is a powerful component for maintaining or restoring health and well-being. The energy is networked throughout the body and has specific centers. These seven main centers are called CHAKRAS. A chakra is an energy field in the body that contains a particular quality of information, which helps us gain power and self-knowledge that allows the body, mind and spirit to become integrated.
Learn how to balance the chakras energetically. You will also be introduced to gemstones, essential oils, vibrational sound instruments and pendulums, and how to use them during the treatment.
This technique can be used as an Add-On treatment to your massage service.
New New New!!!!
Also starting in 2020:
Advanced Chakra Healing
6 hours CE
Advanced Chakra Healing course brings us deeper into the connections between the chakras, and the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our beings. Using a structural technique to activate the chakras and align them to their corresponding bodily areas, we can aid the client with their healing process.
We will be refining and building upon the energy techniques learned in the Chakra Balancing course (above), as well as learning a guided Chakra Balancing Meditation and Vibrational Sound Healing treatment.
This technique can be offered as a stand-alone treatment session , as well as for self-care purposes.
It is required that you attend the Chakra Balancing course prior to attending this course.
Migraine Relief: Acupressure Techniques with Cold Stone Application
6 hours CE
Hot Stone, Thai Herbal Balls and Poultices: A Selection of Hydrotherapy Techniques
8 hours CE
Ayurvedic Facial Massage of India, with Kansa Wand
6 hours CE
Face Cupping Techniques and Asian Acupressure Facial Massage
6 hours CE
Licensed Massage Therapist MA66409
Licensed Facial Specialist FB9752067
CE Provider # 50-24057
2500 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, Fl 34103
Business Mailing Address:
Cheryl Bernardi LLC, PO Box 1235, Bonita Springs, Fl 34133
I am the resident massage therapist at the Family Birth Center in Naples, and also work in private practice in Naples.
The Family Birth Center Naples
2930 Immokalee Rd, Suite 2
Naples, Fl 34110
Call or text Cheryl directly at:
or in my practice in Naples at Plaza Walk:
LifeBehold, for Healing, Health & Wellness
2500 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, Fl 34103
Please allow a minimum of 24 hours cancellation notification, to avoid being charged for the service.