Your Practitioner

Donna J Zubrod, MSc, MBA, LMBT, CD(DONA)
NC license #7120

I am a nationally certified and NC state Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (license #7120).  I completed my massage therapy diploma studies at the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC, in 2006.   My ongoing  advanced training and certifications include the following treatment modalities, which I integrate as appropriate during my client sessions:

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•   The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® for Reproductive and Digestive Health

•   Carole Osborne’s Advanced Pre and Peri-Natal Massage

•   Mercier Therapy for Women’s Optimal Pelvic Health

•   Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy & Fertility Massage

•   Integrative Neuromuscular Myofascial Technique

•   Medical Massage (Stephens)  & CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger)

I have helped couples with fertility challenges to successfully conceive, have nurtured and worked with expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy and postpartum, and have relieved clients from discomforts caused by stressful or active lifestyles, reproductive and digestive issues, traumatic accidents and surgeries.  Integral to supporting my clients’ health, I have been certified to teach Sensiplan® and other fertility awareness methods to either help avoid or achieve pregnancy. I consult with patients at Reply Ob/Gyn & Fertility in Cary, NC, where I am employed as a fertility educator.

I have supported many clients at their birthing time and I have achieved and continue to maintain Birth Doula certification from DONA International.  Most recently I earned Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner status.

My private bodywork and healing practice centers around the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®Dr. Rosita Arvigo is my teacher and mentor.  I am a certified Arvigo® Therapy practitioner with advanced training in preconception wellness, fertility enhancement, and pregnancy.  I have assisted at many classes the Arvigo Institute offers and am certified to teach one day and 2.5 day Arvigo® Self-Care classes.  I recently co-edited a book with the Arvigo Institute – a compelling compilation of Arvigo® Therapy clinical case studies – Journeys in Healing: Inspiring Experiences of Arvigo Practitioners and Their Clients.

I  enjoy supporting and educating couples towards having positive experiences and outcomes during the preconception wellness phase and throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.  I have participated in fertility awareness forums and presented to infertility support groups.  Many Bradley Childbirth student couples and Centering classes in the Triangle area have experienced my hands-on “Massage for the Expecting Couple” workshops where they learned how to use simple massage techniques to effectively relieve tension and discomfort while strengthening their connection to each other and their baby.  I have partnered with prenatal yoga instructors  in the Triangle area to offer  combined yoga and massage experiential workshops for expecting couples.  I also offer customized “Teaching 2Somes” sessions to pregnant couples at my Cary work studio.

Outside of the massage studio and when not teaching, I indulge in yoga, pilates and bellydancing.  I look forward to snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies every winter with my family.

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Why “seven generations” massage & birth?

Froseven generations sculpturem the Great Law of the Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy:

“In all of our deliberations we must be mindful of the impact of our decisions on the seven generations to follow ours.”

I happened upon a stunning sculpture while on an education mission in Montana entitled “Seven Generations”.  At the side of the sculpture was a cornerstone engraved with the above words.

It’s not just about massage and bodywork.  It’s about the lifestyle choices we make.  The wellness we experience today is the result of lifestyle choices our ancestors made and those we make for ourselves today.

Donna Zubrod at the seven generations sculpture

I was so moved both visually and spiritually that what I experienced at that moment became the inspiration for the name of my practice.

At the heart of working with my clients is educating them – wherever they happen to be on their life journey – so that they are more informed and feel more empowered to make better choices for themselves – to benefit their personal wellness today and the wellness of their generations that follow.

I look forward to working with you.                                               ~ Donna Z

 

Over the past 10 years, I have struggled with extremely painful periods to the extent that I could not even function some days.  After the birth of my three children, my condition progressed and evolved from painful periods into extreme continuous pelvic pain.   I wore a pelvic support belt for Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) during my most recent pregnancy because of the intense pelvic pain I was experiencing.  Even after the pregnancy, my hips and pelvis continued to feel as if they were falling apart and even “crushing” when I tried to sleep on my side.  After I began Mercier Therapy with Donna my body very quickly went into a “healing crises” and I felt as if some of my symptoms were worsening.  However I understood that with natural healing methods sometimes symptoms can worsen before they improve and I was determined to stick with the Mercier Therapy treatments.  Within 2 weeks I began to sense the benefits of the work.  Formerly, when I would slide down our playset slide with my children I would feel a crushing impact in my hips upon hitting the ground.  While being seen by Donna I noticed that I no longer dreaded sliding on our playset with my children!  My hips and pelvis felt more aligned, and it was no longer painful upon impact.  I also noticed that my next menstrual period was no longer painful.  I kept waiting for “that period day” where I felt faint, dizzy, and sick to my stomach with cramping, but, to my pleasant surprise, that day never came.  Donna has helped me begin a journey of healing in relation to my pelvic pain and painful periods. I am so thankful for Mercier Therapy and for Donna’s time, work, and treating me holistically during my care with her.

K.B.

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