Heather Vest

 

It is my deepest desire to ensure that women are well supported during their childbearing year & beyond. Specifically during the prenatal & postpartum period.

Pregnancy marks the beginning of a woman’s transition into motherhood. It is a unique & powerful experience. At no other time in our lives are we so very connected to our children & to our body’s miraculous ability to grow & sustain another human life.

Labor & Birth mark the threshold of the doorway into Motherhood. It will take us to our very edge to call forth the deep strength needed to accomplish the task at hand & to learn to mother in the days ahead. It literally opens us up, breaking away the old self, the one before a baby, because it is necessary to move forward into the new that is Motherhood. Through blood, sweat, pain, tears & joy we cross over.

The Postpartum Period or “the 4th Trimester,” marks the tangible first steps as a Mother in the physical world. This is an incredibly profound time of transition. We establish a new new as we learn to care for our baby or if this is a subsequent birth, add another child to the mix of our everyday responsibilities, while we adjust & refigure how we will care for those around us, ourselves, our partner & manage work outside of the home.

Sadly this enormous life shift generally goes unacknowledged, uncelebrated & unsupported & as such we ignore the sacredness of Postpartum & it’s transformative power. If instead, we recognize all that each woman has accomplished during her childbearing year; all of the changes-physical, spiritual and emotional, all of the sacrifice, all of letting go and opening up, we then acknowledge or witness & agree that, yes, you did this, it was amazing & you are a very strong woman! Then we, as a loving and supportive community, can honor her through celebration and ceremony just as we did during pregnancy, reminding her that she is not alone & help is available.

As a mother of two sons, I carry a personal wisdom of the joys & challenges of pregnancy & the postpartum transition. I have had my own struggles with postpartum anxiety & depression. My experiences with childbearing set my heart on a path of service for prenatal & postpartum women. Fueled by a compassionate heart, I set out to create services that truly address women’s needs body, mind & soul during the prenatal & postpartum experience. I started my own practice, Happy Heart Massage in 2015 & have been working at it full time since March 2018. I am trained & certified in Pregnancy/Postpartum/Infant massage techniques as well as providing unique, travel to, Postpartum Care services. These services nurture the new mother back to health through restorative massage & ceremony that mark this time as a rite of passage & empower the woman to mother intuitively.

In 2012 I received my formal Massage & Bodywork training through the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado. In April 2015 I earned Board Certification, through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) & in July 2015 became licensed in the state of Alaska. I have been a resident of Interior Alaska for 17 years & have worked as a professional Massage Therapist with two local Chiropractic offices’ & a natural medicine center over the last 6 years.
I provide effective massage for the common discomforts of pregnancy, healing & integrating the new changes of postpartum, managing chronic pain, specific muscular issues &/or deep relaxation.
I am proficient in Neuromuscular Re-Ed, Light Myofascial, Reflexology, Acupressure, Sports Massage techniques & Swedish relaxation.  My specialty for deeper body work is called Body Insight Neuromuscular; which is a very effective, muscle specific, deep tissue therapy performed within the individual's pain tolerance, think "Hurts so good."
Outside of the world of massage you can find me soaking up the wonders of the natural world, doing my best to stay human, learning to love and be loved & cultivating happiness. I am accompanied by my two strong sons & my wild man, Dan.