Workshops & Events
Fall Season: The Well @ Mt. Pleasant Farmers' Market
Every Saturday 9am-1pm (weather permitting)
Make self-care a regular part of your Saturday morning routine. We pitch our wellness tent at the north end of the market and offer donation-based chair massage & table massage. Come meet our talented practitioners, learn about our wellness services, de-stress with amazing bodywork, buy a gift certificate, or book an appointment for same-day service or for later in the week.
Postpartum Yoga Therapy with Jess Gruber
4-part series Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14 & Oct. 21
Not your typical yoga class & no previous yoga experience necessary! This 4-part series uses the tools of yoga therapeutically tailored to each participant. Participants engage in movement, breathing patterns, and meditations centered around re-embodiment and re-connection. Each cultivates a deeper awareness of their body -- specifically pelvic floor and abdominal muscles -- through understanding postural and breathing patterns, reconnecting with their bodies in movement, and utilizing breath and yoga postures to strengthen muscles and release tension. Each class includes an educational component, movement, breathwork, and a home practice to do between classes.
This class is intended for postpartum clients. Participants are asked to have been cleared for movement by their doctor or midwife prior to attending the series. Participants are invited to bring their babies to this class but please note that this class is not a baby and me yoga class - this series is focused on you!
Cost: $100 for the series
About the instructor: Jess Gruber is an experienced yoga teacher specializing in women’s health, specifically pelvic floor rehabilitation and embodiment. She is a MS candidate for Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Comfort Measures in Labor with DCBirthDoulas
Second Sundays, 9am-12pm
Upcoming Sessions: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 & Jan. 12
A 3-hr practical hands-on workshop focusing on positions and techniques to find comfort and help labor progress. Great as a supplementary class to practice labor skills near the end of pregnancy or as a refresher course for repeat parents. The $99 fee includes pregnant person plus a support person.
"Meet the Street" Open House for Mt. Pleasant Village with Elizabeth Shrader and Jess Gruber
Sunday, November 3, 2pm-4pm
Members of the Mt. Pleasant Village are cordially invited to learn how massage, movement and mindfulness can benefit anyone at any age.
Comprehensive Childbirth Class with DCBirthDoulas
Fourth Saturdays, 10am-5pm
Upcoming Sessions: Oct. 26, Nov. 30
One-day express birth class! A convenient childbirth class for solo parents-to-be or couples who want to learn about birth & how to make the experience as positive, comfortable & memorable as possible. DCBirthDoulas bring years of experience & knowledge to provide you with up-to-date, evidence-based childbirth education with lots of hands-on learning.
- The curriculum covers normal physiological birth, common interventions & hospital procedures, comfort measures, labor positions, breathing/relaxation techniques, & pain medication options.
- The instructors create an interactive learning environment including videos of the stages & phases of labor, time to practice & explore comfort measures, massage & breathing techniques, group work, & games.
- You will learn to make informed decisions when the time comes by reviewing the benefits, risks, alternatives, & tips for using or avoiding possible interventions.
We encourage you to consider all your options! This workshop is a judgment-free learning environment for all pregnant people, their partners, family members, & friends. You will not feel out of place whether you are considering using pain medication or are planning to birth without pain medication.
*FREE!* Postpartum Preparation Class with Metropolitan Doulas
Fridays, Oct 25; Nov. 22; Dec 13 6:30pm-8pm - fills up fast, book in advance!
You may have a birth plan, but what about a postpartum plan? Join postpartum doula Betsy Quilligan to learn more about how to prepare for your little one's arrival. Betsy will share planning tools & worksheets so you come away from the workshop feeling ready for life with baby!
- Preparing for your baby's arrival: What are some things you can do during your pregnancy to make life easier once baby arrives?
- Planning for the early days & weeks: What will your days look like? What can you expect from your baby in terms of feeding & sleep?
- Creating a postpartum plan: What changes do you need to make to your home? How can you support other members of your household - human, canine, feline - in welcoming your new baby? What are best strategies for transitioning back to work?
- Postpartum depression & how to prevent it: What is the difference between postpartum depression, anxiety, & just plain baby blues? Are there ways to prevent it?
- Community resources & connections: Who will you call if you need assistance with breastfeeding, postpartum depression, newborn care, sleep coaching, etc.?
Infant Massage Class (series) with Elizabeth Shrader, LMT, MPH
Wednesdays: Nov. 6, 13, & 20 from 10:30am-11:45am
In this 3-part series, parents and caregivers learn basic massage strokes and treatment protocols, infant anatomy and physiology, common pediatric conditions and developmental milestones, and how massage can help. Parents and caregivers also learn how positive and therapeutic touch enhances parenting skills for babyhood, through toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence and beyond. This is an amazing way to connect with your baby and gain confidence as a new parent.
Ayurvedic massage oil, instructional handouts, instructional videos and complimentary follow-up sessions included in the $99 registration fee.
Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of infant massage!
The Well is an inclusive practice where everybody and every body is celebrated and welcomed.