(Courtesy of Serenity) What comes to mind when you consider the word “serenity”? Do you picture an image of a place that is peaceful and calm, or even visualize yourself actually there? Do you hear the gentle sounds of soft music or nature, with a refreshing aroma wafting through the air? Do you sense a feeling that is secure, peaceful and calm? Imagine all of this filling your senses at the same time, in a place of quiet respite. Now add the professional touch of strong yet gentle hands as they soothe away the tension from aching or tired muscles.
According to Shoshana, a New Jersey massage therapist and doula, “serenity” takes on a whole new meaning in her specialty practice for women and girls. During any transition in life, being able to have serenity plays a big role. To be able to have a doula during birth and having a helpful hand after the birthing experience is helpful in maintaining serenity. You could have that place of serenity in your own house or at Shoshana’s office by booking an appointment with her. Each session is catered to her clients’ needs.
In an interview with The Jewish Link, Shoshana described what she loves about her work. “Massage and doula work is more than just coming to a point of relaxation; it creates a sense of safety where a person’s mind and body can release trauma, anxiety, pain or grief. There is nothing more satisfying than a client feeling rejuvenated, in less pain and with an overall sense of serenity.”
Shoshana has completed specialized training in pre- and post-natal massage, cupping technique, Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She is also a DONA International trained birth and postpartum doula offering her services within the Middlesex and Bergen County areas. You can contact her to see if she is available to come to you.
Many are already aware of the stress relief provided by skillful massage. Shoshana reported that this relief also contributes to “enhancement of the immune system, better sleep, improved mood and reduced anger and irritability.” She further explained that many people integrate massage therapy into a regular health and wellness life plan. In other words, massage is not simply an indulgence for those who have the luxury of time and money, but holds significant potential as an important component of a healthy lifestyle and wellness planning.
At Serenity, Shoshana offers birth and postpartum doula services. Please contact her for a free 30-minute consultation if you or someone you know would be interested in having a doula. Feel free to reach out to Shoshana regarding in-home massage therapy appointments. She also has an office in Teaneck.
Serenity: Where Mind and Body Meet services are open to women and children, with off-site services available upon request. Shoshana is available for appointments; contact her at 206-883-3700 or [email protected] Visit her website at: www.serenitybyshoshana.com/