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.

‚ÄčAs 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. These experiences fueled by compassion set my heart on a path of service for prenatal & postpartum women. I started Happy Heart Massage in 2015 and continue to endeavor to provide safe, informed, effective care. I set a very high standard because pregnancy and postpartum are vulnerable, sacred states and each woman deserves  honor and nurturing support, especially during these times.

I am certified in Pregnancy/Postpartum Massage techniques with an ever growing knowledge of the discomforts/pains common to the changing pregnant/postpartum body. I am also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. 

I am the only local Postpartum Care Provider that offers unique, travel to services that nurture the new mother back to health through massage, restorative care & simple ceremony that mark this time as a rite of passage & empower the woman to mother intuitively.

In 2012 I received my formal Massage and 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 and Bodywork(NCBTMB). 

I have been a resident of Interior Alaska for 18 years and have worked as a Licensed Professional Massage Therapist for the last 7 years.

While I practice a variety of modalities; Swedish-relaxation, Light Myofascial, Reflexology and Acupressure, I specialize in Neuromuscular Re-Education.

Neuromuscular Re-Education or Body Insight Therapy is a deep tissue method that works within the individual’s comfort level of pain & in cooperation with their body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is extremely helpful for those that want lasting relief administered within their individual pain tolerance, no bruising & minimal soreness afterwards. This method effectively treats chronic muscle pain, tension patterns & headaches. It aids healing and regaining movement and flexibility after injury and or surgery.  Neuromuscular Therapy is also appropriate during pregnancy.

This particular bodywork requires participation to be effective in addressing muscular imbalance/dysfunction and helps to foster body awareness. Unlike many other deep tissue methods, Neuromuscular Therapy does not leave the individual feeling worn out or intensely worked, but rather energized.

Outside of massage and bodywork you can find me soaking up the wonders of the natural world, endeavoring to stay human, learning to love and be loved all the while cultivating happiness. I am accompanied by my two strong sons and my husband and wild man, Dan.