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Linda Diane Feldt

NCTMB, Holistic Health Practitioner and Herbalist

The Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom

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Linda Diane Feldt

RPP, NCTMB, NC, RPE, Holistic Health Practitioner and Herbalist

734-662-4902 feldt@holisticwisdom.org         

Providing skilled and experienced supportive care

during pregnancy, birth, and for the newborn.

Philosophy

I believe that parents and especially new mothers deserve all the help and support possible. Having children is natural and healthy, and parents and kids thrive in a supportive and nourishing environment. I have been honored to be a part of many births and also to be invited to help out with many new born babies who need additional care and support. I believe in prevention, and I also have seen the value of early appropriate gentle intervention. I believe it is important to be sensitive and supportive of the energy of birth, and to honor it as a sacred unprecedented experience which is at the same time is one of the most normal and natural events.

Qualifications and experience

Since 1982 I have been a part of about 100 births, and have done cranialsacral therapy with more than that number of newborns. With my extensive experience and training there are many skills that I can bring to the pregnancy and birth experience. In addition to individual work, I’ve taught classes in infant and pregnancy massage, and classes and workshops in the U.S. and Canada for professionals interested in pregnancy and labor support including workshops locally and for Midwifery Today and the American Polarity Therapy Association. My clients have let me know that they appreciate the helpful and practical skills I bring to each each birth, as well as an ability to be present and flexible to meet each family’s unique needs.

A student of the healing arts since 1973, I’ve had professional training in massage therapy (including prenatal and infant massage) beginning in 1973, cranialsacral therapy since 1982, polarity therapy starting in 1979, as an herbalist since the early 1980s and more formally  beginning in 1987, and much more. A complete biosketch is available on my website, www.holisticwisdom.org.

How I can help

I’ve been a part of most aspects of the birthing process. That has included concerns about the babies position, providing physical support and relaxation to the pregnant mom, assisting during labor and delivery, providing cranialsacral therapy to babies during and after birth, teaching infant massage, and supporting breast feeding. I have also been able to help women with questions about diet and using herbs before and after birth.

The techniques I use

In an integrated approach to Holistic Health Care, multiple techniques blend together to provide a seamless and comprehensive approach to health and healing. There is a natural synergy obtained by using a multifaceted approach. We are complex beings, and it can take perception and understanding from many perspectives to gain insight, and to be able to facilitate positive change.

It seems natural to focus on the person rather than any particular technique or approach. Each session is unique, each person will have different goals and interests. While each technique stands alone, the combination provides the chance to look for the themes, patterns and means of expression that are unique not only to the client, but to the moment.

This approach to healing and wellness succeeds with time and experience. Time spent in the session, and decades of experience with each of the modalities used.

Cranialsacral therapy (CST) is a non-invasive, gentle way to facilitate delivery and minimize birth trauma. Before delivery the work can positively effect body structure, pelvic alignment and integrity, and help other therapies to be more effective. CST has a long history of use in prevention as well as helping with injury and trauma. It can also be profoundly relaxing.

During labor and delivery, it is possible to use cranialsacral therapy to monitor mom and baby in the gentlest most non-invasive way, and to support the natural intelligence of the birth process. Because it is accomplished within a semi-closed hydraulic system, it takes very little pressure or physical effort. Engaging the body through CST appears to reinforce the ability of the body to respond to changes and physical improvement, as well as transformation on other levels.

After birth, CST has been helpful in transitioning, and to help your baby find and develop his or her own resources. CST can also be a helpful part of resolving breast-feeding problems. CST is recommended for all babies who have had interventions during their birth, including cesarean sections, and vacuum extractions.

Having a massage therapist “on call” to respond to your every need may seem like a luxury beyond reach. This luxury is also a necessity during pregnancy and labor, as the body goes through so many changes, which may include stress and strain. One of the most well known and utilized types of bodywork, massage is an important part of relaxation and circulation. Massage can enhance the feeling of connection and well being in your body.

During the time that you are literally giving everything to your baby, the relaxation of a massage for both the physical and emotional benefits is a great way to support your pregnancy. More than being a luxury, massage can decrease pain and labor time. Learning to relax with massage before labor can also help make natural delivery a success. I believe that massage can be beneficial without pain, and that by working with the muscles you can achieve deep pressure without uncomfortable reaction. The result is a feeling of being deeply touched, with just the right pressure, for immediate and longer lasting benefit and pleasure.

Polarity Therapy is an approach to healing that emphasizes awareness of energy. This focus makes polarity therapy well suited as one of the tools during pregnancy and birth. Energy balancing helps you to stay connected with the energy of birth, be connected with your natural strength, and to best use your own resources as well as the resources around you.

Polarity therapy also has the very practical benefits of helping to decrease pain, bring awareness of positions that are of benefit to the labor process, provide relaxation or energy stimulation as needed, and has a flexible supportive approach that is non-invasive so that your individual needs can be met.

Traditional herbal support during pregnancy is thousands of years old. The use of nourishing herbs can help prevent complications and increase comfort and safety during pregnancy. While the use of simple herbs is one of the benefits of herbology, you may also appreciate help sorting through the products and claims of herbal products you might be considering.

My work with herbs is part of a teaching process. My clients learn about the herb, what effects it may create, how the plant is best used, and how they can be involved in harvesting and preparation if possible. My understanding of herbalism is dependent on a relationship with the individual plants. Growing, harvesting, tasting, preserving, and finally using the plants are all important components  of knowing the healing that plants can impart.

For more Information

My website www.holisticwisdom.org includes articles on using cranialsacral therapy during and after birth, and more information about my work. I can be reached by phone 734-662-4902 or e-mail feldt@holisticwisdom.org and would be happy to spend time talking with you and answering any questions I can.

Linda Diane Feldt began attending births in 1981. Since that time she has had the honor of supporting moms, babies, families and professional caregivers in the birth process. With extensive experience in cranialsacral therapy, polarity therapy, massage, herbology and more there are many skills that she can bring to the pregnancy and birth experience. In addition to individual work, she has taught classes in infant and pregnancy massage, and classes and workshops in the U.S. and Canada for professionals interested in pregnancy and labor support including workshops for Midwifery Today and the American Polarity Therapy Association.

Linda Diane has the respect and appreciation of local midwives, physicians and childbirth educators for her extensive volunteer health care for the childbirth community. Linda Diane brings helpful and practical skills to each birth, as well as an ability to be present and flexible to meet each family’s unique needs. She is especially sensitive to supporting and honoring the energy of birth, as a sacred unprecedented experience which at the same time is one of the most normal and natural events.

A student of the healing arts since 1973, Linda Diane has had professional training in massage therapy (including prenatal and infant massage), cranialsacral therapy, polarity therapy, as an herbalist, a nutritional consultant, and much more. She has also taught in each of these areas.

In addition to her full time private practice Linda Diane is the founder and Director of The Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom. She is the author of Dying Again: thirteen years of writing and waiting; Massage Learning to Give and to Receive, and has published articles nationally. She is past president of The American Polarity Therapy Association, served on National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and is a board member for The People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor.

Cranialsacral Therapy

Cranialsacral therapy (CST) is a non-invasive, gentle way to facilitate delivery and minimize birth trauma. Before delivery the work can positively effect body structure, pelvic alignment and integrity, and help other therapies to be more effective. CST has a long history of use in prevention as well as helping with injury and trauma. It can also be profoundly relaxing.

During labor and delivery, it is possible to use cranialsacral therapy to monitor mom and baby in the gentlest most non-invasive way, and to support the natural intelligence of the birth process.

After birth, CST has been helpful in transitioning, and to help your baby find and develop his or her own resources. CST can also be a helpful part of resolving breast-feeding problems. CST is recommended for all babies who have had interventions during their birth, including cesarean sections, and vacuum extractions.

Therapeutic Massage

Having a massage therapist “on call” to respond to your every need may seem like a luxury beyond reach. This luxury is also a necessity during pregnancy and labor, as the body goes through so many changes, which may include stress and strain.

During the time that you are literally giving everything to your baby, the relaxation of a massage for both the physical and emotional benefits is a great way to support your pregnancy. The proven benefits of massage include relaxation, increased circulation, stress reduction, and a sense of well being.

More than being a luxury, massage can decrease pain and labor time. Learning to relax with massage before labor can also help make natural delivery a success.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy is an approach to healing that emphasizes awareness of energy. This focus makes polarity therapy well suited as one of the tools during pregnancy and birth. Energy balancing helps you to stay connected with the energy of birth, be connected with your natural strength, and to best use your own resources as well as the resources around you.

Polarity therapy also has the very practical benefits of helping to decrease pain, bring awareness of positions that are of benefit to the labor process, provide relaxation or energy stimulation as needed, and has a flexible supportive approach that is non-invasive so that your individual needs can be met.

Herbology

Traditional herbal support during pregnancy is thousands of years old. The use of nourishing herbs can help prevent complications and increase comfort and safety during pregnancy. While the use of simple herbs is one of the benefits of herbology, you may also appreciate help sorting through the products and claims of herbal products you might be considering.

 

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