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Serving NYC and the Hudson Valley in-person with covid safety protocols for doula support, in-home prenatal and postpartum massage and acupuncture, Comforting Touch classes and more...

Search my site for additional virtual offerings, including LIVE on ZOOM and on-demand Comforting Touch for Doulas classes, LIVE and on-demand Comforting Touch for Babies classesPrivate & Couples Havening Sessions, The Comforting Touch for Birth Guidebook, FREE Videos, and my Comfort Measures for Birth Checklist.




A little about myself. 28 years ago my professional life as a massage therapist began. Not long after I added acupuncture to my services. But nothing changed my life more than the day I attended my first birth. I not only discovered the wonder of birth on that day. I also found a space where I could be fully put to use -- my warm and compassionate nature, and a grounding and nurturing touch, coming together to ensure my clients always feel supported and held.


Comforting Touch for Birth came years later as a culmination of all my skills and experience, allowing me to teach doulas and expectant parents how to provide their own caring and effective hands-on support. While I am passionate about teaching Comforting Touch and birth work, I am also thoroughly obsessed with the powers of bodywork and relish all the lives I'm able to touch, inside and outside the context of birth.


In recent years I added the healing powers of Havening Techniques and baby massage classes to my repertoire. I live in the Hudson Valley now, but still offer home visits in-person throughout NYC and virtual classes and sessions wherever you are in the world!

Learn more about my practice and background here.

​"Yiska is the best in New York! I saw her for prenatal massages regularly through my pregnancy and I am now seeing her for post natal treatments. She is extremely knowledgeable about the mind, body and spirit aspects of both pregnancy and birth. She helped me with lower back pain, sciatica and preparing my body for labor once I hit 37 weeks. My husband and I also did a private massage class with her in our home for techniques to use during labor. She taught him massage techniques to help me during contractions and how to relax in between contractions. Yiska is very calming and kind and her massages are amazing!" -Lauren

Step by step instructions and video demonstrations teaching you exactly how to touch any laboring person in a way that is deeply satisfying & comforting.


Virtual Comforting Touch for Doulas:

This 3 hour training will teach you the principles and practices of Comforting Touch to better support your clients and partners prenatally, during labor, and postpartum; to continue to be a valued resource for your clients even when remote limitations apply. 


PLUS additional exclusive video content, and numerous resources to share with your clients. Content is pre-recorded so you can learn at your own pace.

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