Ashlee is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Doula and Ayurvedic Practitioner in Santa Fe, NM. She specializes in prenatal massage, postpartum massage and doula care in Santa Fe, NM
My name is Ashlee. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Doula, Ayurvedic Practitioner and pre-nursing student.
I grew up around pregnancy, childbirth, and babies. I come from a large family and spent my childhood watching and learning from my aunt who is a homebirth midwife. I have memories of playing in her office as a child. My cousin and I would take turns pretending to be pregnant, checking our PH, listening to each other’s heartbeats and using her Doppler to hear our imaginary babies' heartbeats. I’ve always had an interest in women’s health and traditional medicine, so it’s no surprise that I ended up working with families around the childbearing years.
Education & Experience
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2005. I specialize in prenatal and postpartum massage as well as Ayurvedic bodywork. I am a certified prenatal massage therapist and have all the props and pillows to make massage while pregnant and postpartum safe and comfortable. I love working with expectant families during pregnancy and in the early postpartum period. I truly believe nurturing the mother should come first in nurturing a new baby. It is important that the pregnancy, birth and early postpartum is a time when the mother is supported as the support she feels then has lasting effects.
I spent five years working and studying at the Ayurvedic Institute, where I was privileged to work in the Pancha Karma Center under world-renowned Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Vasant Lad. I was also lucky to have spent a few years studying with Dr. Claudia Welch before she left. My time there informs the work I do today. One of my favorite treatments to give and receive is Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic warm oil massage, it is especially nurturing and restorative for the immediate postpartum.
As a massage therapist I also enjoy doing integrated deep tissue work to alleviate chronic pain as well as incorporating more subtle therapies such as acupressure, cranial-sacral, and aromatherapy to relieve stress. I have worked in three top-rated spas in the country and have trained under exceptional teachers.
I am a trained doula through DONA (2006) and CAPPA (2014). I have taken childbirth education classes with Birthing From Within as well as multiple CAPPA faculty. I am certified in Rebozo techniques and trained in acupressure specific to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I have also taken workshops with the Spinning Babies staff to learn how optimal fetal positioning in pregnancy and labor can lead to an easier and shorter birth.
I have additional training in many modalities including: nutrition, anatomy and physiology, yoga, aromatherapy, herbs and am certified in infant CPR.
Ashlee enjoys working with all different types of families including the LGBTQ community.