Nurture Your Vessel

Bodywork

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, my specialized training in Massage and Bodywork are untraditional in nature in that they focus on the unique needs of individuals facing chronic and terminal conditions and well as their loved ones and caregivers. Aromatherapy and essential oil use may be added to any session by request.

Services

Palliative/Hospice Massage $100 (time varies)

Palliative Bodywork is designed to support an individual through the end of life process by providing caring, present, gentle touch that brings comfort and eases pain and anxiety. Massage sessions are provided to home-bound clients receiving care at home. Massage may be provided in a senior living community, hospital or home setting. Patients typically receive sessions wherever they typically “rest” such as in hospital beds, wheelchairs and recliners. The length of sessions vary depending on the clients energy level, comfort level and cognitive awareness. (massage table is not provided.) Travel area within 15 miles of area code 46203 (Indiana).

In-Home Massage Therapy  60 mins $110 / 90 mins $140

A customized safe, and gentle massage therapy session for individuals who are home-bound, intended to help the client relieve pain, improve sleep and reduce stress and anxiety. To be eligible for this level of service, the client receiving massage therapy must have a chronic debility that prevents the individual from receiving massage therapy outside of the home. Travel area within 15 miles of area code 46203 (Indiana).

Grief Massage  60 mins $110, 90 mins $140

Grief Massage sessions facilitated to support clients experiencing grief from many different types of loss. Grief comes in many forms. Grief is vast, and may be felt from the loss through the death of a beloved, the loss of a dream, the loss of a relationship, climate grief, grief felt as a result of global conflict and more. Grief massage is intended to provide grievers a time for deep rest. Grief Massage may help grievers reduce physical symptoms of grief such as pain and tension and may improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety related to grief and loss. Not available in home. By provider referral only. 

Chair Massage for Clinical Staff $100/hour 

As a thank you to my community, I am available to offer affordable and relaxing chair massage for clinicians, support staff, and other caregivers serving in senior care, hospital or long-term care environments. Travel area within 20 miles of area code 46203.

Palliative Bodywork Training 16CE NCBTMB Approved 

Palliative Bodywork training is an in-person 2- day comprehensive training for Massage Therapists who want to learn how to provide gentle touch massage for the client facing a serious life-limiting illness, including those facing the end of life. The benefits of this gentle technique are endless, for both the giver and the receiver.

The goal of Palliative Bodywork is not to “fix”, “change” or “heal” the client but instead, helps promote comfort, relaxation and relief of common end of life symptoms including pain, anxiety, spiritual distress, and isolation. Palliative Bodywork also aids family caregivers by allowing them to witness the relief their loved one is receiving. Skilled Palliative Bodywork Practitioners also help provide touch education to family caregivers. Oftentimes family members are fearful of touching a dying loved one in fear of hurting them. However, when practiced safely, touch is a powerful healing tool.

Learning the skill Palliative Bodywork is vital for Massage Therapists who have a desire to work with medically fragile groups, including seniors, people with disabilities, chronic illness and palliative and hospice patients. Palliative Bodywork is typically provided in the home setting, assisted living settings, nursing homes, in-patient hospice facilities and hospital settings. Skilled Palliative Bodywork practitioners can become valuable to the care team for palliative/hospice care groups and other clinical settings.

Nurture Your Spirit

Soul Work

Facing mortality is a highly transformative experience.

As humans, we are complex creatures. As you may know or believe, your soul is something intangible. While we can’t hold it in a physical sense, it is what makes you yourself, your very essence. I am here to support you or your loved one to address some common practical, emotional, and spiritual concerns at the end of life that may arise such as:

  • Support coping with death anxiety 
  • Support and knowing what to expect when someone is dying
  • Death Pre-planning
  • Trying to understand the healthcare-deathcare system 
  • Understanding your rights
  • Spiritual support (religious and secular/non-religious)
  • Help with what to do when someone dies
  • Ritual and ceremony support
  • Wanting a safe presence without trying to “fix” anything
  • Grief care and reprocessing
  • Seeking appropriate referrals for additional support

*in-person visits for Bodywork or Soulwork may include additional travel fees if outside of the 20-mile radius of the Indianapolis service area.

As a part of your care team, I may offer support holistically in the following ways:

Offerings

  • Virtual Death Midwifery (text, zoom, phone)
  • Palliative Bodywork and Gentle Touch
  • Grief Care 
  • Corporate Speaking Engagements and Training

Death Midwifery

Virtual Support

Support from Angela  may look like:

  • Virtual sessions via Zoom within US and Canada
  • Exploring your personal mortality while you are well/healthy
  • Support coping with death anxiety
  • Finding clarity in making difficult decisions
  • Support facilitating family conversations 
  • Support and knowing what to expect when someone is dying
  • Death Pre-planning
  • Navigating palliative and hospice care 
  • Providing a deeply available and calming presence
  • Caregiver/provider communications support and advocacy 
  • Spiritual support (religious and secular/non-religious)
  • Learning how to create a sacred dying space
  • Help with what to do when someone dies 
  • Grief Care: during the last months or days of your loved one’s life and after your loss

Grief Companion

Virtual Session

Navigating grief is a skill and the only way out is through.

Walking this path of grief and endings is one that many people have not learned to develop a relationship with until faced with loss, as it is happening and unfolding in real-time.

Grief is vast and may be felt from the loss through the death of a beloved, pet loss, the loss of a dream, the loss of a relationship, climate grief, grief felt as a result of global conflict and more.

As your Grief Companion, I offer a different form of support than that of traditional Grief Counselors or Therapists. My philosophy of grief is not based in a pathological model (i.e mental health) but rather, with an understanding that grief is a normal and natural human experience that must be held, witnessed and expressed. 

It is my intention to support your personal grief journey through grief integration tools such as radical truth-telling, somatic expression, ritual, and meaning making.

Grief Care consists of one hour weekly or biweekly 1:1 Zoom meetings where grievers can talk about their grief experience, receive compassionate support, find meaning in grief, and learn tools for self-care. 

 

Option 1

Unlimited weekly text support

$300/week

Text support from Angela includes:

  • Text/phone support hours are 9am-9pm eastern time for seven days.
  • The following day after purchase starts your seven days.
  • If additional direct support by phone is needed, 1-2, 30 minute phone or Zoom support calls are provided.
  • Support from 9pm-9am eastern time is an additional $150/night.

Option 2

Unlimited weekly text support PLUS+

$425/week

Text support from Angela includes:

  • One virtual Comfort Care Planning Session (2hrs) by Zoom
  • Text/phone support hours are 9am-9pm eastern time for seven days.
  • The following day after purchase starts your seven days.
  • If additional support by phone is needed, 1-2, 30 minute phone or Zoom support calls are provided.
  • Support from 9pm-9am eastern time is an additional $150/night.

FAQ

Q: What is Death Midwifery?

Death Midwifery is a holistic way of tending to everything that death touches.

Support may look different depending on where you are on your journey. It may look like exploring your own personal death awareness or death anxiety. It may look like providing guidance, and support as you navigate a real death experience.

I am passionate and knowledgeable in areas of navigating the healthcare-deathcare system, holistic alternatives to caring for dying individuals, and gently guiding caregivers to feel more confident and empowered as they face the unknowns.

In a time when healthcare systems are strained and people are left with more questions than answers, I hope to provide a calm, supportive energy in a time that is often scary, confusing and uncertain.

Q: Do you replace hospice?

Myself, and all holistic deathcare practitioners do not replace hospice care. Hospice is the medical manager of your loved ones’ care. Angela cannot dose or administer medication prescribed by hospice. Because hospice is not present 24/7, death midwives and doulas become an additional eyes and ears for the patient and family that can help bridge gaps in hospice care by:

  • Advocating for additional family education regarding medications
  • Help advocate for adequate pain relief and comfort measures
  • Ensuring you and your loved ones have needed medical equipment/supplies
  • Bridge communication gaps between hospice, patient and family
  • Locate additional resources 

The amount of support I can provide is entirely up to you.

There are no contracts, no commitments and no obligations to work with me.