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  • My Journey to The Moon

    Hello beautiful readers!  My name is Christie Frisch and I’m delighted to introduce myself, having recently joined the team at Pulling Down the Moon, River North.  As a postpartum doula and licensed massage therapist specializing in fertility, prenatal and postpartum care, I am a passionate advocate for women and the women-identifying, especially when it comes to supporting new, expecting and trying-to-conceive mamas in experiencing each unique journey into parenthood to its fullest.  I feel incredibly fortunate to get to do what I love every day.

    My own entry into motherhood was a crucial turning point for me in so many ways, inspiring me eventually to redirect my professional focus into holistic wellness.  In those richly transformative early weeks following my daughter’s birth I recall feeling that no one around me seemed to “get it,” despite my having numerous family and friends nearby.  An internet search led me to a new moms group, where the universal complexity of our experiences impressed upon me deeply.  What other dimension of the human condition could offer the potential for such beauty, and also such rawness?  I was fascinated.  And I wanted to help support women in tapping into as much of the beauty as possible, despite the natural stress and challenge each journey brings.

    I’ve lovingly refined my signature treatment, energy balancing massage, which I tailor to each client’s needs over the expansive course of the childbearing journey.  From fertility enhancement all the way through the “fourth trimester” I seek to lift up and understand each client’s evolving needs, listening actively throughout consultation and each treatment as I integrate sound, reiki energy work, aromatherapy and guided meditation to create the ultimate massage experience (I like to think of it as a “massage plus”). My approach is inclusive and empowering, and we are all about incorporating time-honored healing arts from around the world to enhance our clients’ experience at each juncture.

    2019 has been an exciting year for me for a host of reasons, not least of which has been joining the fabulous community of wellness professionals at the Moon.  It is with much gratitude that I am now offering the five-part Fertility Enhancing Massage protocol to Pulling Down the Moon clients on Tuesdays and every other Friday at the River North location.  I received extensive training in the FEM protocol under Meredith Nathan, which I found to be both complementary and enriching to the modalities I’ve previously employed.

    It’s already been abundantly rewarding to work with Meredith and the massage therapy team at the Moon, where I’ve found so much like-mindedness among us.  My approach has always been grounded in the view that at its best, massage therapy has the potential to activate and enhance the body’s self-healing ability, producing real results that can positively impact our clients’ lives.  I view my work as nothing short of guiding my clients toward realizing this potential for themselves.  There’s no greater privilege than working with others who share such belief in the value of our work and I greatly look forward to the chapter here ahead.  I look forward to taking care of you when you schedule your massage therapy appointment!  Take time for your this season and let us support your journey at each stage!  Book Now

  • Lost that Lovin’ Feeling?

    Trying to make a baby?  Sounds like fun! You start with the exciting decision that it’s time.  You throw your previous precautions to the wind, pull the protection, and get down to business.  First month no dice? No problem – that just means there’s more time to practice. Second month is still a no go?  That’s alright – third time’s a charm!

    But after three months you’re still looking at a defeatist stick with a ‘Not Pregnant’ sign.  Starting to get a bit frustrated, you decide to be more intentional. Cycle tracking apps on your phone, ovulation predictor kits, and basil body temperatures rule the day.  But several months later, you’re still not pregnant.  

    Your doctor tells you you’re well within the range of normal, and not to worry about it till you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for a year.  You become obsessed with online chat rooms discussing the rare exotic fertility benefits of eating pineapple during a full moon. Sex is totally scheduled.  And you’ve traded in post-coital cuddles for lying on your back with your legs in the air, even though thebump.com says this won’t actually help you get pregnant.  It can’t hurt, right?

    The twelve months pass.  Now you’re in a Reproductive Endocrinologist’s office with your partner receiving every test (make sure to schedule your Fertility Awareness Check-up if you have not yet!) under the sun.  Various clinical approaches are being discussed that involve artificial hormones, daily injections, and reproduction involving petri dishes and insemination.  Long gone are the fantasies that you might get pregnant on a romantic getaway somewhere in the Caribbean…

    Sound familiar?  The good news is that for most couples there is a baby waiting at the end of this fertility rainbow (even if it comes in the way you least expected).  The bad news is you never imagined that making a baby could be so utterly un-sexy.  

    Going through fertility challenges is hard in many ways.  It can be a source of feeling inadequate, depressed, and anxious.  It can create money worries, and an obsession with the passing of time.  And it can be hard on a marriage. What makes it even harder is losing the connection of physical intimacy through the process.  Sex feeling like a chore, or worse yet a reminder of past disappointments, isn’t good for anyone.

    During your fertility journey, be proactive in finding ways to keep the romance alive!  Cook together, go on dates, and send each other flirtatious emails (yes, even when you’re NOT ovulating!)  Get a blood-building massage (these sessions in our FEM protocol help with follicle production and uterine lining, but as a perk they often boost the libido as well), a couples massage (or try yoga with your partner!), or better yet, practice giving each other massages.  Hold hands, gaze into eachother eyes, and tell your partner the thing you love most about them. Going through struggles together is helped through more attention to praise, and remembering the reasons you fell in love with each other in the first place.

     And know that weathering this storm together will ultimately make your relationship stronger, and your appreciation for the gift of family greater.

    Work on that spark with massages for both of you!