Our massage therapists offer customized massage therapy including prenatal, postnatal, sports massage, deep tissue, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, reiki-infused massage, as well as customized massage to meet your needs.
Massage is a wonderful way to help target many of the issues women face during pregnancy, such as back and joint pain. Massage can also help reduce the stress or worry that may come while pregnant and can help with insomnia or discomfort.
Postpartum massage is also wonderful to help restore the body back to its pre-pregnancy state. Massage can help ease any discomfort after birth, assist with the restoration of scar tissue, and promote relaxation.
We also offer lymphatic drainage massage therapy. Lymphatic drainage encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. This specialized approach focuses on the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The lymphatic system contains vessels and nodes with lymph, a mixture of proteins, water, waste products, bacteria/viruses and immune system elements. Located throughout the body, lymph nodes filter all this debris. This type of massage aims to help the body maintain proper blood circulation, body fluid balance, healing after surgery/scars, boost immune functions and reduce congestion, neck tension and headaches.
Meet our Therapists
Tabatha Encalada-Haggerty, Licensed Massage Therapist
Located in our Farmingdale Location
Tabatha has been a licensed massage therapist since 2013. She is a graduate of New York College of Health Professions. She specializes in prenatal, medical, sports and post-surgical massage. In 2018, after treating many prenatal clients, her path led her to pursue becoming a birth doula. In 2019, she also took postpartum doula & lactation basics certification classes.
About ten years ago, after working in several different fields she decided to go back to school. Tabatha felt a strong pull to go down a road of healing and helping others. She says “in treating and using her hands to heal others, she finds peace within herself.”
Tabatha is a wife & mom of two plus two! Her oldest daughter is 19, her step son is 16, her step daughter is 13, and her youngest is a 5 year old. She is also an autism advocate for her youngest son. She enjoys painting and creating. She is also a former marine who enjoys the mental escape of running and physical fitness. She tries to stay as fit and healthy as possible so that she can help her clients to the best of her ability.
Her goal is to provide pain relief and relaxation in a safe and healing environment with like-minded professionals for individuals, women, moms-to-be, and mothers of all ages.
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Megan Franklin, Licensed Massage Therapist
Located in our Merrick and Farmingdale Location
Megan’s philosophy is simple: To make people feel good so they can do what they want to do in any stage of life. She works with people from all walks of life: professional athletes, weekend warriors, chronic pain sufferers, and those looking for relaxation. Whether it’s helping with the discomfort of a changing body, working with a stressed-out partner, or tackling the aches and pains from the latest Spartan race, Megan is grateful to work with The Nesting Place to support women and their partners through all stages of pregnancy and beyond.
Having graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in 2009, her work stems from a Swedish massage foundation and interweaves deep tissue, myofascial release, stretching, and Orthobionomy® techniques. After finding it difficult to find someone willing to massage her throughout her two pregnancies, Megan decided she needed to serve this population and received her prenatal massage certification in 2019 with SusanRachel Condon. Megan also has advanced training in sports, medical massage, and is a practitioner of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.
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Leah Fazal Byrnes MS, OTR/L, NKT, VFRT
Located in our Yaphank Location
Leah is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in Traditional and Holistic therapies including:
-OT Orthopedic assessments
-OT Pediatric assessments
Leah studied Occupational Therapy receiving her Masters in OT and Bachelors in Science with the honorary title of Summa Kum Laude from York College in 2014. Leah initially began her journey into holistic healthcare after studying acupressure, energy medicine, and meditative techniques in India in 2016. She continued her path towards becoming a Holistic Occupational Therapist by studying NeuroKinetic Therapy in 2019 achieving Lvl. 2 NeuroKinetic Therapist certification.
The addition of VFRT (Vibrational Fascia Release Technique) & VCT (Vibrational Chrono Therapy) came in early 2021, specializing in lymphatic drainage and sound therapy. Leah is currently working on obtaining her Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercises Specialist Certification.
After several years of practicing, Leah opened her own practice, Balance Pathways LLC, where she incorporates both traditional and alternative based therapies with her clients, treating the person as a whole. She noticed the importance of the brain-body connection and the impact that holistic healthcare had on her clients, both adults and children. Leah is passionate about providing quality care and creating a unique bond with her clients.
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Stephanie Ventura, Licensed Massage Therapist
Located in our Yaphank Office
Stephanie has been practicing since 2004. She graduated from The New York College of Health Professions in Syosset in 2004, receiving a degree in Occupational Science, and her License for Massage Therapy from the State of New York. Stephanie has studied 1000+ hours of various techniques and continue to learn through additional Continuing Education Hours. Most of her experience is with Medical Massage. Her passion for helping people did not stop there, she is also a Certified Emergency Medical Technician-B.
The smiles and relief Stephanie sees on her patients’ faces, alleviating their everyday stress, helping reduce their pain from injury, and illness is all she needs to make my profession rewarding.
Andrea Boltwood, LMT
Located in Our Farmingdale and Merrick Offices
Andrea has worked in an acupuncture clinic, medical and wellness spas, and started her own massage therapy business. She is knowledgeable in a myriad of therapies and techniques, including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, active release, abdominal massage, lymphatic drainage techniques, cupping, and trigger point therapy.
It is the combination of these learned skills and her nurturing nature that allows her the greatest opportunity: to help people heal.
After becoming a mother in 2020, it became clear to her that moms need more support. She hopes to help more women through their pregnancies, into postpartum, and throughout their motherhood journeys. Andrea is a nationally certified, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist. She is insured by ABMP.
Saira Kasper, Licensed Massage Therapist
Located in our Merrick Location
Saira is a Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, and mother to two wonderful boys. In 2009, Saira graduated from the College Of Health Professions as a Licensed Massage Therapist and gained experience working in spas and gyms for 10 years. She went on to expand my education in 2017 receiving my Mother Massage certification with Elaine Stillerman and then in 2019 became a Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Specialist with Rebecca Overson. Saira was inspired to get certified and specialize in prenatal massage after witnessing her wife’s experience with massage during her pregnancy with their first son and how much relief from prenatal aches she got from the massages.
Working as a Massage Therapist in spas, Saira saw first-hand how pregnant women were turned away during their first trimester because of lack of knowledge or fear of hurting them or baby. She made it her mission to offer relief from pain and discomfort to expecting moms and helping them enjoy each trimester of their pregnancy. Saira is also passionate about educating and breaking down barriers and myths of pregnancy and massage therapy. She has since decided to refocus my practice to dedicate herself to supporting women throughout their pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, while also helping their partners to cope with aches and pains that come with the demands of a newborn.
She loves to help her clients feel supported and respected as their body changes during this very special time in a woman’s life. Her goal is to help you get relief from pain, sleep better, and help you connect more deeply with your body and baby.
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