Jaci has been working in the field of Natural Childbirth Education since 1990. She is certified through the Bradley® Method, and has also trained under Pam England, LM, of the Birthing From Within method as well as Penny Simkin, PT.
Jaci believes that pregnancy and birth are a time for women to be empowered while they embrace their experience. As a labor support professional (also known as a birth doula), Jaci has attended well over 200 births.
Attending births, and massaging women in labor, inspired Jaci to become certified in massage. She attended The Body Therapy Institute in Santa Barbara — and after completing the Level One program, she knew she wanted more. She continued in advance courses, learning many different modalities. Jaci has trained not only in pregnancy and infant massage, but Swedish massage, deep tissue and triggerpoint work, acupressure, Shiatsu, Reiki and reflexology.
Bodywork opened up a whole new world. It is amazing all that is held within the body and through various modalities, a person can be released of not only physical stress and pain, but also emotional, mental and spiritual stress that have been trapped inside. Her goal is to help people feel better both emotionally and physically, and to assist them in feeling present in their own bodies.
Besides her private practice, Jaci has also worked as a licensed massage therapist at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, The Pierpont Inn and Racquet Club, Spa De Menicucci in Santa Barbara, the YMCA of Ventura, and was a co-founder of the Ventura Healing Arts Center. She has also taught pregnancy massage at Ventura’s Kali School of Massage, and served as the pregnancy, labor and postpartum massage instructor at The Body Therapy Institute in Santa Barbara.
In 2004, Jaci added prenatal yoga classes to her repertoire. It is a wonderful way to bond with the baby and prepare for the birth. Jaci is certified through the Santa Barbara Yoga Center as a prenatal yoga instructor. Yoga has been a personal part of her life since 1998, and she feels it is an honor to offer both private and public prenatal classes, and private yoga for people of all walks of life.
You can contact Jaci via email, phone (805.407.1202) or through the form below.