Pre & Postnatal Therapeutic Massage
San Rafael, California
I was pregnant with my daughter Lucia I couldn’t find
a massage therapist who felt comfortable with my body changing
give me a “real” massage. They were afraid to give
me a firm enough massage so I could feel some
relief and get the support I needed. I talked with other prenatal
women and they felt the same frustration. So after Lucia was
I decided to also birth a new business. I changed my regular
massage practice into a niche --- Mama Massage.
Specializing in pre and postnatal care and tune-ups for tired
love massage. When I was pregnant I had many
disappointing massages that people said were prenatal.
When I found Christina I found my answer. She is
afraid of a woman’s body. She gets in there and
works intuitively to relieve stress and aches like
one else. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
You can either go to her or she makes house calls.”
- Tina Marguiles
Twenty-five years and many, many Mama Massages later,
I can still say I love my work. It is such a pleasure
to support women through such a sacred and sometimes challenging
journey of bringing new life into the world and being
YOU NEED A MAMA MASSAGE
have had many amazing massages with Christina through
my last two pregnancies. During my last pregnancy I
started crying because I was so moved by how she took
care of me. I realize she takes care of me the way I
take care of my babies! She knows how to nurture the
nurturer. Forever grateful.” - Michele Moskowitz
(Mom of three).
you ready to receive a massage from a therapist who knows
how you feel and how to help you in having a more supportive
and positive pre and postnatal experience? Are you ready
receive a massage from a therapist who…
Specializes in pre and postnatal women.
Also for Moms who are burned out, stressed out, boobed
out and in need of Mama rejuvenation time.
Isn’t afraid to give you a “real”
massage. Firm and yet nurturing.
Provides home visits. Especially postpartum
care. See Mother Roasting article.
Honors and supports the wisdom of your body.
Is passionate about empowering you and making a difference
on your sacred journey of becoming and being a Mama.
If your answer is YES. Come see me! It would be
an honor to support you.
massage are deeply nourishing and nurturing. I appreciate
her presence and sensitivity for what works best for my
body on any given visit to her. I recommend her to my
prenatal yoga students.” - Cynthia Denise
Why come to me for your massage? Because…
You will be in the hands of a massage therapist with
over twenty-five years of consistent, full-time
experience massaging Mamas.
been there! Having gone through the pregnancy
experience myself, and being a massage therapist at
the time -- I am very aware of what you are going through
and know what works.
will be pampered.
You’ll get a full ninety-minute massage. (I do
not include the time you spend changing or the time
talking before and after the session.)
“Christina has a gift -she is not only a talented
technical massage therapist, but she also is uniquely
able to support women in their pregnancies and postpartum
through energy work and her knowledge of issues and
contraindications for pregnant women and new mothers.
Her support has made a difficult twin pregnancy easier,
has helped in my recovery from a C-Section, and has
aided in my ability to manage the demands of new motherhood.”
- Kara Basinger
You get soothing hot towels to melt the tension out
of your muscles. That is if you aren’t
a hot Mama already!
will receive a massage the way YOU like it. I
really hear and get what you need.
will relax in a beautiful, calming, uplifting environment.
My home in Marin has
been completely Feng Shued inside and out. The minute
you walk through the door you will begin to let go.
use the highest quality organic oils and aromatherapy.
Non-fragrance is also available.
get referrals. I am well
connected with the birthing community.
know doulas, chiropractors, acupuncturists, midwifes,
etc. I can vouch for.
One final pleasure…
get to experience a top of the line pregnancy table.
can give your hips, shoulders, sides a rest on my pregnancy
all you belly sleepers you will be in heaven!
you have never experienced a massage on a table made for
your Mama body, then I invite you to do so. It’s
soft, wide and a big hole to support your lovely full
this talk about taking care of yourself while being pregnant,
then you have the preparing for the birth, then of course,
the birthing itself. But what about postpartum care?
forget your postpartum care and support.
Congratulations! You did it. You are a Mama. You are
amazing, and you have a beautiful miracle in your arms
-- your baby!
tell you the absolute truth I was a total wreck after
my birthing experience – thirty-four hours of
labor, you would be too! I was sad because I wanted
to enjoy my beautiful son but I was so exhausted, my
hormones were doing crazy things and the nursing was
painful. This didn’t fit my pictures of motherhood
at all! C was referred to me by a number of other post
partum friends. I was so excited that she provided in-home
visits – I didn’t have to leave my baby.
Her healing touch soothed my aching body, calmed my
nerves, and nourished my soul. I felt whole again. (As
whole as one can probably feel after birthing). I can
truly say that I was touched by an angel.” -
though you are on a high from the climax of birthing,
this doesn’t take away from the feeling that you
just ran a marathon, or perhaps two, depending how long
the birth process took! Your boobs are engorged, your
body’s aching from this new adventure of nursing
(I thought it was supposed to be such a natural process!),
your hormones are raging, and I would say you are a bit
on the tired side.
time for you postpartum Mama Massage!
sooner the better! I even have clients who call me from
the hospital to book a session ASAP.
you don’t have to wait until the baby is on some
sort of nursing schedule (you may be waiting a long time).
I come to your home, always allowing enough extra time
if you do need to nurse. I support you in grounding back
in your body with my therapeutic, nurturing, healing touch
using aromatherapy to soothe your soul and I also offer
my “Mother Roasting” treatment to help tonify
and build your kidney chi back up. (Optional) CLICK HERE.
was really intrigued by the Mother Roasting article
Christina gave me while I was pregnant. She reminded
me of how important it was to get postpartum support.
Boy was she right! I was even most impressed when she
came to my house to give me the treatment combined with
massage. She even showed my husband how to do the Mother
Roasting to help support me in rebalancing. All I can
say is: There is heaven on earth! Don’t
miss it.” - Marianna Sucher
I am at your home I encourage the postpartum partners
(Papas and second Mamas) to get a massage to ground them
back in their bodies also. Time and time again I hear
how my clients were so deeply moved by the way their partners
were there for them during the birth. So let’s celebrate,
appreciate, and take care of the partners with a healing
Christina Del Gallo
San Rafael, CA
have had the pleasure of collaborating with Christina
Del Gallo’s Mama Massage for the past fifteen
refer my clients to her because of the excellent
care which she consistently provides. It is with
utmost respect and appreciation that I endorse
Christina’s work. Her influence has an amazing
effect in many ways. She helps to develop self
confidence and deep trust in the wisdom of one’s
body. Clients who work with her are empowered to
access emotions which will help them prepare for
the biggest event in life – giving birth.
When a woman opens physically (dilation) during
birth, she also opens emotionally and for some
people, massage is a direct and intuitive process
which allows this to happen naturally.
is a master in the many physical challenges which
are unique to pregnancy, including proper posture,
and relief of sciatic and or low back pain. She
relieves these discomforts through breath work,
visualization and massage, paying special attention
to the neck, lumbar and upper back. Overall she
leaves the client feeling nurtured, at ease and
focused. Many women report an increased capability
of staying in the present moment and really listening
to the wisdom of the body. This is another powerful
tool for coping with labor and birth. It helps
the client find her own rhythm, her own unique
way in which only she will give birth.
I choose Christina as my own practitioner. She
is an inspiration and goddess and I am grateful
for her competence, dedication and compassion.
I look forward to sending all of my clients her
way and collaborating with her personally and professionally
in the future."
Zukoski, Certified Nurse Midwife
my first pregnancy, Christina has been there
healing hands. I've treated myself to her soothing
and deep touch that has eased the aches and pains
She has also provided love and understanding to
a first-time mother. I leave Christina's office
such that my massage sessions with her have become
a means of reconnecting with myself and my baby.
this nurturing and relaxing experience, I'm able
to ease into my own body and to motherhood.”
Trimbur, Psychotherapist, Piedmont, CA
does great prenatal mama massage! She is located in
the Glenview, Oakland and San Rafael Marin areas and
does massages from her office and home. She will also
come to your house for a reasonable fee. I had a very
tough pregnancy and her bodywork really helped me especially
toward the end of the pregnancy when I was so heavy
and uncomfortable and could barely walk. She also does
work for postnatal. She is kind, professional, and
good at what she does. I would very definitely give
her a call.”
Mom, Berkeley, CA
“I have been a massage therapist for over twenty
years and had a vast amount of massages. I must say
that Christina’s massages are exceptional. They
are technically superior, heartfelt, loving, delicious
experiences that takes one into the higher realms of
consciousness. You will leave feeling healed and renewed.”
Woodrow, CMT, San Rafael, CA
“I was really intrigued by the Mother Roasting
article Christina gave me while I was pregnant. She
reminded me of how important it was to get postpartum
support. Boy was she right! I was even more impressed
when she came to my house to give me the treatment combined
with massage. She even showed my husband how to do the
Mother Roasting to help support me in rebalancing. All
I can say is: There is heaven on earth! Don’t
Sucher, Aromatherapist, Orinda, CA
"I am writing to recommend Christina Del Gallo
as a massage therapist. I had the pleasure of having
Christina do some much needed bodywork on me while
was eight months pregnant. Before she began we spoke
about the particular issues I was having in my body
and what I wanted her to focus on, most of which, she
almost knew without me having to explain. Christina
was attentive to my special positioning needs and made
sure I was completely comfortable on the table before
she began. Her hands were strong when they needed to
be and gentle n the more sensitive areas. I left feeling
relaxed and rejuvenated. I wish that I had found her
sooner in my pregnancy and could have had her work
me more. I would recommend her to anyone in need of
a little pampering and relaxation."
Renee Pomerleau Araneda
"Rare is the moment during a second pregnancy,
when one has a toddler at home, that one so fully relaxes
as to drift in and out of sleep in the middle of the
afternoon. Thanks to the calming, gifted hands of Christina
Del Gallo, I was able to do this more than once during
my pregnancy with my second child. Christina has a very
strong but gentle touch; she doesn’t intrude if
you want silence, but she is available with a compassionate
ear if you want to talk. I believe she only does 90
minute sessions because she recognized that’s
how long it takes to relay relax into the moment of
the massage. (How I wish it could last three hours!)
Christina also does home visits for post-natal massage.
I thought this would be a stressful event, doomed to
failure, but she assured me that would work with my
schedule, and the baby’s needs, and that it would
work out just fine. She was right. She came to the house
on a day when my husband was at home to watch our newborn,
our toddler was at childcare, and I could remove myself
form the scene for 90 minutes of bliss. Most excitingly,
I was able to lie on my stomach for a few minutes for
the first time in months! Especially after the pain
of childbirth – and for me the pain extended,
even increased, for weeks – this was a very important
and meaningful gift. I highly recommend Christina to
expecting or post-partum women."
Del Gallo has supported me and my aching preggy body
through two pregnancies now and she has been a goddess!
Her intuition and experience as a massage therapist
(and a mother herself) was immediately evident and my
sessions with her are the highlight of my month. I also
trusted her wisdom in knowing how to help my every changing
pregnant body implicitly, which gave me a great deal
of comfort. I leave feeling like I am floating and that
the inevitable kinks of pregnancy have been worked out.
On top of that, her holistic approach to life, massage
and pregnancy have been true therapy."