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Mideval hands

I offer advanced, intuitively detailed massage and energy therapies
for women's wellness,
drawing from 19 years of clinical experience and ongoing professional training.

Sessions by appointment only.

  Our time together is a safe space
 to let down tension,
be met where you are in life,
and be nurtured.

Each session includes a little time to talk before, to discern what your needs are that day.
I will listen to both you and your body and let that guide me as I work with you.

You are unique, so is your therapy. No two sessions are the same.

Appointments average 75 minutes.

Read below to learn about the modalities I offer:
-  Muscle Therapies

-  Nerve Therapies

           -  Abdominal Therapies       
        -  Therapeutic Breast Massage
                       -  Massage Cupping and Vibrational Therapies
                             -  Fertility Enhancement Therapies                              

jade circleMuscle Therapies:  Intelligent Deep Tissue and Relaxation...

Herbal OilsEach massage is a custom blend of intelligently applied soft tissue therapies from a variety of skills I've cultivated over the years.  

I may incorporate swedish massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, specific muscular active/passive release,

lymphatic drainage, zen shiatsu acupressure, percussion and other techniques listed below.

In each massage session I use my own hand crafted massage oils, creams, or herbal salves, fine tuned and developed
over years of experience.

If you've never experienced the difference of what real herbal massage lubricants are like, you are in for a spectacular treat!
Many commercial brands of massage lotions/creams are actually full of chemicals, leaving a layer of well known
carcinogenic and hormone disrupting ingredients on your skin. As part of valuing your health, and mine, I use only organic,
non toxic creams, oils, and salves which can actually nourish the skin.
Making them myself ensures their quality and potency.

"With Megan's various talents I have become a healthier person. Through her various body therapies
... I have become more grounded and my body feels the calmness and becomes energized.
I have seen many massage therapists and have had hundreds of massage therapies. Megan
is extremely talented and the best I ever had. She can feel exactly what your body needs, senses
what is going on with your body and is magically excellent in resolving the ailment."  -Dr. M. Bodensteiner

“Megan has done wonders for my neck pain and my seasonal allergies. I’ve been getting sessions from her for 9 months
and I have seen such an improvement in my neck pain and I rarely have to take allergy medication.” -S. Jones

jade circleNerve Therapies: CranioSacral for Adults
cranial bones

CranioSacral Therapy
(CST) is a gentle method that works to alleviate tension in the soft tissues surrounding
your nervous system (spinal cord, brain, sacral nerves)
. Considered a very precise manual therapy,
I support your body into profound relaxation by lightly holding and 'unwinding' tension in the soft tissues
and fascial structures connected to different bony prominences of the skull, spine, and fascial diaphragm areas
of the abdomen.  As a result, the
flow of nourishing cerebrospinal fluid is able to move better throughout
the nervous system, allowing the brain to better assess and self correct the body's Homeostasis.

The result can feel like deep ease, relaxation, and a 'reset' of your inner nervous system,
along with pain relief that other forms of massage therapy are sometimes unable to reach.

Sessions for just this technique alone are performed with the client fully clothed, and I use a light touch -
generally no more than the weight of a nickle.

This modality is wonderful for children and adults, pregnant women, and folks who require a gentle approach for massage. 

“Megan is an intuitive healer with magical hands. After years of frequent debilitating headaches and lower back pain I am so very close to being pain free.
Megan has assisted me to know my own body
and take corrective action before I reach a critical point.” - Nina C.

"Thank you again for all of your care and healing and the time spent -  you have 'the gift', and I/we are better for it." -S.T.

“Over the last couple years, your patient and wise ways have facilitated me in beginning a deeper and more inclusive healing than I alone would have
ever found...Thank you so very much.” - M.H.

jade circleAbdominal Therapies: Barral Visceral Manipulation & 'Maya Abdominal Massage'

I am currently in an ongoing study of Visceral Manipulation, a technique which addresses
the soft tissues of the organs to support their natural movements, circulation, and function.
This work is gentle, like CranioSacral Therapy, yet it can achieve profound results.
I combine this work with gentle myofascial release to help create ease and balance in the organs of the belly.
This approach is created and taught by french osteopath, J.P. Barral, and has deep roots in European folk healing.

Below is more information about another abdominal massage therapy I use regularly:
'Maya abdominal massage', which is specific to uterus support.


Original watercolors copyright 2006 Megan Assaf
at left: side view of womb alignment
at right: view of womb

There is evidence that a form of external womb massage existed historically in many cultures around the world, facilitating
and easing women through their menstruation, sexual health, fertility, birthing, postpartum and peri/menopausal life transitions.

I first learned this folk healing massage through Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, an herbalist and napropathic doctor from the US, who studied this
massage from traditional healers while living in Belize. It is commonly called 'Maya Abdominal Massage'.

I respect the deep living roots and culture that this method comes from. I am not Mayan, and I have no intent to co-opt.
I am, however, grateful for the blessings and teachings I was freely given. I have internalized and altered it in my own way
to be effective for the way I work.  

This technique
is modest, gentle, non invasive, and external.
It works by relieving congestion and circulation blockages in the soft tissues of the abdomen to improve the flows of blood,

lymph and nerve impulses to the organs
. It may also release emotional and energetic congestion from the abdomen.
All of this supports healthy organ

It is best known for helping balance the soft tissues that support and weave around the womb (which is largely made of muscle!).
As a result, 'tilted, tipped, retroverted', or 'prolapsed, falling' womb and bladder can be reduced, as well as supporting
the digestive organs. Through this, circulation is increased, natural fertility is enhanced, menstruation is more efficient, and discomforts
commonly associated with pelvic pain, menstrual cramps, painful sex, post hysterectomy scarring and bladder incontinence may be reduced. 

No matter what the cause for seeking out this therapy, a common result of this work is to feel lighter, more centered and aligned
within oneself after the session.
Over time, more self awareness to this part of your body develops, and this can enable you to care
for yourself better as a whole.  This is because the womb is a center of energy, emotion, and structural pelvic integrity in a woman's body.
When it is in balance, the center of a woman's being is more balanced.
Clients consistently report it's benefits,
and for some it can be life changing.

What to expect in a session:  Gentle abdominal massage from below the sternum to above the pubic bone, that may also include therapy
on the back and hips. You will be modestly draped at all times in your session, respecting your comfort
. As part of your therapy I may
teach you a self nourishing massage to be applied at home to continue the support.  You may also learn other self care techniques
and an organ friendly lifestyle to use at home to support your unique situation.

The first session is about 100 minutes long, follow up sessions are 70 minutes each.  An average of 2-3 follow ups, one month apart, is usual.
Please schedule the session according to when you are not menstruating, do not have an IUD in place, or have an acute infection. 

This list contains common symptoms of organ malposition and congestion I learned from Dr. Arvigo,

along with my own clinical observations: 

                                                      Womb and Bladder Symptoms:

Additional Organ Symptoms:

Are you a mother of a daughter? Please read on.

Teenagers and preteens can definitely benefit from this work. In my experience younger women have the ability to repair the effects of soft tissue changes
from womb malposition quickly and efficiently, and as such, this work can be a potentially great support to avoiding the common painful symptoms our
culture has come to think of as 'normal' for menstruating... such as low back pain, bloating, heaviness, cramping, and difficulty with using tampons (really!).

Imagine if you could help your daughter avoid these (and possibly difficulties you had with your womb), as well as foster a healthier foundation for fertility,
and a practical, common sense, self aware approach regarding her natural womanly processes...  This is the potential of this work for this age group.
It is so important.  In my many years of offering this, many women have told me "I wish I knew about this sooner."  

Moms, come receive a session so you know.  And then see if it's a fit for your daughters.
Young women under age 18 are welcome to have a session
with their guardian present.

Why have I or my doctor not heard of this before?  Is this legitimate?
Modern western medicine is still in the process of remembering about the traditional women's wisdom that this method comes from.  It is happening though!
In my years of teaching I had students who were chiropractors, gynecologists, physical therapists, midwives, nurses, doulas, massage therapists, and naturopathic doctors.
I also heard through my clients of their elder doctors trained long ago who knew of the importance of womb alignment... including womb repositioning
exercises they were given to help for menstrual pain, conception and postpartum relief! In fact, if we want to point to historical references... one example is
from the victorian era, where women riding on trains was discouraged because it was thought to move the womb and cause hysteria! I don't agree with that,
but the important thing to realize is that the cultural reference to uterus location was there!

So, not to worry.  Both modern and historical traditions work beautifully together.  For example, supporting cervical alignment before conception can help delivery
to be easier for both mom and doctor.  Lubricating the cervix with pelvic steaming can support the IUI and other insemination procedures. This is one reason that infertility
clinics are now hiring practitioners of uterine massage to facilitate better chances for their clients.  And also one reason pelvic steaming is on the rise in high end women's spas.

In my sessions I do the massage therapy but also teach concepts of traditional uterine self care as needed. 
Our bodies are different than men's and need support that
is specific to this. 
I see this information as a birthright to all women who want to know,
as it is simply part of how one cares well for a female body. 

"...I am still euphoric.... Thank you so much for completely changing my life.  I am so lucky to have found you!" - L.B., Indiana

"We have fabulous news in our casa: we're pregnant! The baby's movements are fabulous. When sharing our process, we mention
the help you guided us with, thank you.
We truly appreciate the love and healthy energy you've shared with our family." -B. & A.

“I started going to Megan at the advice of my acupuncturist. I was having trouble with extremely heavy bleeding, cramps,
 and clotting. I was a bit skeptical, but have been so uncomfortable, that I decided it was worth a try. After going to Megan
for a short while and learning about Maya Abdominal Massage, I did get relief from all of these. Yet, I was surprised at how
much more came with it. I have learned a lot about my body and how by taking care of myself I can have painless, stress
free periods. In addition, I no longer have vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. So going to Megan not only
helped me find the relief from menstrual issues I was seeking, but it improved my sex life too.
I’m no longer skeptical and neither is my husband.” -L.A.

"Thanks for the handouts and the wonderful treatment.  I really appreciate the expertise, compassion, and passion you bring
to your work!  ...It's been amazing to get more in touch with this essential part of myself." -J., IN

"I am so relieved to have found an ally in Megan. Before working with her, I was fairly ignorant of all
the ways my health could be affected by what we worked to correct. It's so amazing how you can not
even really feel that bad, but how much better you can feel after working with her. I now know many
simple ways that I can manage and maintain my body's health...I have found it so effective and beneficial.
I have all the highest respect and highest recommendations for Megan's talents and services." -B.G., Santa Cruz, CA

"Thank you. I felt a real change, primarily emotional. Cried for days... we will keep in touch."  -D.L., Canada

"Thank you for the extraordinary care, the gentle wisdom and the supreme compassion you have shared with
me this past fall. I value and appreciate your presence in our community and acknowledge my own
empowerment to practice my own self care in new and loving ways. Thank you, Megan
." - J., Indiana

Meg's Womb Massage in the news! 

In October, 2017 Megan was interviewed by Lafayette TV station KATC about folk healing for women.

In April, 2017, Megan was a guest lecturer at Vermillionville in Lafayette, LA presenting on folk healing concepts for women and wombs.

In November, 2014 Megan had two clinical case studies of womb massage published in first edition of book called "Journeys in Healing".

The August 25, 2013 production of Sound Medicine, Megan was interviewed in a radio program about womb massage.
The website for the show was hit with so much interest to see the ultrasounds of the uterus that
following the program it was actually down for a day!
  Due to popular interest, the radio interview
was re-aired 6 months later and heard on public radio stations across Indiana and beyond.

The February/March 2012 issue of Bloom Magazine featured an article on maya abdominal massage in Bloomington, IN.

The May 2011 issue of Natural Awakenings Indianapolis edition, featured an article on maya abdominal massage in Indy, IN.

The March/April 2010 issue of Mothering Magazine (issue #159) featured an article on maya abdominal massage, which featured Meg's artwork.

jade circleTherapeutic Breast Massage:  The Spurgeon Method TM
For healthy breasts, pregnant/postpartum/nursing breasts, surgically modified breasts, and breast cancer survivors

This is a medical massage technique.  For those women who need it, it can make the difference between daily suffering and relief, or be part of a prevention lifestyle.
It can be part of learning how to care for your breasts so they have the best chance at being healthy as possible.

Breast Massage is legal in Indiana State Massage Law with the requirement of informed consent, appropriate training, and draping that's appropriate for the client's comfort.
I meet all these requirements.  I've had 24 nationally certified hours of training.  I am pleased to be one of the first in Indiana and Louisiana to offer this.

If there's one thing breasts need more than anything else to encourage their health, it's massage: whether you do it yourself, or receive a session like this.

              blossomThe Spurgeon Method TM was developed by a double breast cancer survivor, Sally Spurgeon, LMT.

She learned from personal experience what massage techniques helped her recover, reduce pain, and increase flexibility and function in her soft tissues
following her own double breast cancer treatments, mastectomies, and numerous reconstructions. She now teaches her method of massage to help both
breast cancer patients/survivors and 'healthy' breasted women.

What happens in a Spurgeon MethodTM breast massage session?
I will work specific muscles, fascia, and lymph related to the breast, both on the front and back of your torso. I will also work with your neck and on the abdomen.
The amount of time actually spent on the breast is only 10 minutes, the nipples/areola are never touched, and it may be performed while covered with a sheet if you prefer.
I use a special, handcrafted, herbal breast massage oil during this session.

This is not a technique that will happen without your consent.  Breast Massage is not automatically included in your session.

If you are interested, here's the steps to take:
1) you request or wish to find out more info about breast massage
2) we talk about breast massage, how it benefits you, what happens in a breast massage session, and your draping options
3) Review, fill out, and sign a Breast Massage Informed Consent form
4) we can do the session.  At any time you may change your mind.

Contact me and we can go over your specific situation and how this can help. I will happily answer any questions you have. 

This method is currently offered at the prestigious Chopra Center in California. 

Benefits of Breast Massage for Women without cancer:

1. helps to maintain shape of breast and prevent sagging.
    (It helps to strengthen the pectoral muscles of the chest. It builds resiliency in the ligaments that support the breasts lifting and maintaining healthy shape.)

2. stimulates circulation and keeps breast tissue healthy

3. can break up benign cysts as a side effect of increased tissue circulation and mobilization

4. a good healing technique for aching breasts   
    (Natural hormonal changes during ovulation and menstruation can cause the breasts to become sore, tender, and swollen with discomfort.
    Breast massage is a natural way to decrease pain, swelling, and tension in the ligaments of the breast. It is also useful in aches related to    
    postpartum breast feeding, as well as several weeks after breast alteration or reconstruction surgeries.)

5. is a reliable means of flushing debris from the lymphatic system.
    (According to the Texas Institute of Functional Medicine, breast massage is a viable way to release toxins from the body's lymph system.
    Toxins can become trapped within the fat cells of breast tissue, increasing chances of cancer and restricting blood flow into the breast.
    Massaging the breasts gives the lymphatic system a boost and facilitates in the draining of breast tissue.)

6. doing breast massage regularly with a well trained massage therapist can become part of monitoring and prevention for breast health.

Benefits for Women who have/had Breast Cancer:

Before surgery (or diagnostic biopsy/lumpectomy/mastectomy/lymph node removal/breast reconstruction), breast massage can:
1. activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is our relaxation response.
2. decrease adrenaline, lower blood pressure, slow respiration, relaxes the diaphragm and reduces cortisol
3. allows the release of emotions and feelings such as fear, anger, guilt, loneliness, and helplessness
4. decreases muscle contractions, lowers blood sugar, and increases digestive enzymes and peristalsis
5. touch is a respite from physical pain and discomfort, emotionally as well as spiritually

After surgery breast massage can:
1. support lymphatic circulation to help lingering problems with edema
2. reduce pain in soft tissues surrounding surgical area, as well as areas the patient was restrained on the surgical table
3. reduces and normalizes scar tissue and fascial constrictions from surgical incisions, surgical manipulations, and tissue removal
or replacement, or implants.

It's worth noting that in progressive parts of the country, therapeutic breast massage is a normal follow up care for mastectomy survivors
and women who've had reconstructive or elective breast alteration surgery.

I feel so certain this work is needed for women that in 2018 I petitioned the Louisiana State Board of Massage Therapy to make
specific legal allowance for the inclusion of Therapeutic Breast Massage into the scope of practice of Massage Therapists.
My effort was met with support from the Board members, who then sent on their recommendations to amend
the law to their Rules and Regulations Committee.  I look forward to tracking the progress of the legal end there.

I am available to come to your area and teach a class on breast health and self massage. Contact me for details.

jade circleFertility Enhancement Therapies: Fertility, Prenatal, and Postpartum Massage Therapies

mother and
                childrenThe 2-3 years of conception, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum are one of most dramatic times of expansion and contraction
that a woman’s physical body and energy can make in her lifetime.

Therapeutic massage can be
an wonderful (and essential) support along the way.

 All sessions are customized according to your evolving needs, and integrate several modalities to address your concerns.

* For fertility enhancement:
Maya abdominal massage, CranioSacral Therapy, energy therapies, topical flower essences, I teach you self care to do at home

* For pregnancy:
Massage has been proven to reduce the aches and pains of the body’s changing landscape, promote a compassionate
way to regard these changes in oneself, as well as support mother/infant bonding prior to birth. It can help prepare mom's muscles
and body awareness for her upcoming labor.
I weave a combination of Integrative Pregnancy Massage, Maya abdominal massage,
Therapy, energy therapies, and topical flower essences as appropriate for your session.

  If you are healthy, pregnancy massage is safe in all trimesters as I adapt to your unique needs each session.
  However, if you need to budget, I highly recommend pregnancy massage once a month beginning in your second trimester
  with an additional session at 38 - 40 weeks to help prep the body for labor.  

                                * raises energy levels
                                * relieves structural and muscular pain and sciatica
                                * supports proper pelvic and sacral bone alignment

                                * relieves excess fluid retention/edema
                                * eases constipation, gas, heartburn, improves digestion
                                * increases muscle tone and flexibility and reduces discomfort in uterine ligaments
                                * promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety, increases oxytocin which fosters loving bonding with babe
                                * can help release emotional tension and resolve trauma
                                * can improve labor outcomes
                                * increases body awareness and confidence in the body to do what it knows how to do
                                * supports healthy womb processes and alignment by encouraging optimal blood, lymph, nerve and energy flow
                                * supports baby's alignment in the womb and womb alignment in pelvis for optimal womb functioning and delivery
if requested or interested, and after a discussion and signing of informed consent, Spurgeon Method breast massage for
                              achy swelling breasts

                     * For labor : 
                                Labor Mentoring Session, with a Partner:
A custom mentoring session with you and your spouse, or other support person,

                                                    that will help your partner to familiarize him/herself in how to help you during labor through massage,
                                                    acupressure, and comfort measures. The goal is to help your support person feel personally confident in their
                                                    ability to help comfort and touch you effectively during end of pregnancy, and labor. This session also includes
                                                    practical tips on what to bring to the hospital, based on my experience
as a DONA birth doula and traditional
                                                    folk healing training.


                     * For postpartum:
                            Much needed therapy for the new mom! Sessions are a combination of many therapies to ease specific areas of discomfort
                            brought about by labor or new mom/nursing lifestyle. Dads, this is a great gift certificate to get your Wonder Woman.

                           Benefits include:
                                * helps the womb realign properly and involute in pelvis post delivery
                                * helps restore womb and her ligaments back into alignment, as well as pelvic alignment
                                * reduces and helps resolve cesarean delivery scarring
                                * helps reduce and resolve low back, sacral ligament, coccyx ligament and surrounding muscle strain and pain that sometimes happens in delivery
                                * alleviates tension and soreness from 'new mom' achey shoulders, neck, and back from breastfeeding and carrying the newborn
                                * helps relieve emotional tension and anxiety and integrate a difficult birth experience

                                                                  * much needed energetic nourishment for moms who are overwhelmed by the demands of raising a newborn
                                * if requested or interested, and after a discussion and signing of informed consent, Spurgeon Method breast massage for
                              achy postpartum/breastfeeding/weaning breasts

For pregnant clients, I offer a complimentary 30 min. CranioSacral Therapy session for their infant within the first 6 months.

“Thank you for helping me connect with my body. You are my angel.” -C.F.

"Thank you for taking the time to not only be a part of Isabelle's birth, but also bringing a special quality
  of peace and harmony that only your spirit could have brought!" -N.

“Thank you, again, for the fresh breath of calm expertise you brought to the birth experience. I didn’t realize how
much we all needed you until you arrived and your friendly, competent manner settled over us.” - S.W.

"The night I spoke to you on the phone, I had a good cry and a long conversation with this baby. She decided to come
into the world the next day! Thank you for your knowledge, insight, compassion, and thoughtfulness." -T.M.

blue morpho butterfly from belize
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