©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth
Dear Expecting and New Families,
I am sad to announce that due to the impact of COVID-19, during July and August 2020 Open Circle will be temporarily canceling all yoga and dance classes and most support groups*, along with massage and acupuncture sessions. Birthing and Parent Education workshops will continue as normally scheduled. Private classes and consultations, and Dial-a-Doula support continues to be available by appointment. Like many micro-businesses specializing in in-person services, we have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included a loss of revenue forcing us to move out of our beautiful studio for a minimum of 6 months, and inability to meet our overhead costs and teacher pay.
As our shared communities learn to live, over the long term, in a pandemic and Open Circle looks at what is possible regarding reopening for in-person classes, it is vital that our offerings remain safe for both families and practitioners. The current reopening recommendations from the Department of Health do not provide enough assurances of adequate safety for our pregnant, postpartum and newborn clients, or a financially sustainable practice model for the center.
As such, after our initial move in March to a robust online schedule of classes at a “pay as you’re able” basis, it has become clear that keeping the business open will require a larger change in our structure. As the director of the center, I am working to envision a new model for offering the many pregnancy and parenting supports families have come to know us for over the past 17 years.
We will continue to post updates here over the coming months, sharing supports when we are able, as well as ways you can get involved to help continue the center’s work. We hope to be able to see you in the fall, either online or in person, and until then wish you and your family health and continued connection to community and loved ones.
Open Circle Director
Open Circle offers therapeutic massage therapy in Providence, Rhode Island. Modalities include prenatal massage, laboring and postnatal massage, infant massage instruction, integrative massage, deep tissue massage, muscular therapy, and Thai massage. Private and group infant massage instruction available. Our practitioners are licensed massage therapists and adhere to the American Massage Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics. They are trained in several modalities, and will draw upon a single modality or multiple techniques in a session to address a client’s or families goals. Read more below.
Therapeutic benefits of massage therapy:
- Decreased stress/increased relaxation
- Injury healing and prevention
- Structural/postural support and education
- Increased immune function
- Increased physiological function
- Increased athletic/physical performance
- Increased energy and emotional wellbeing
- Supported infant-parent bonding
- Infant calming, sleep and digestive support
Prenatal, Labor + Postnatal Massage
Infant Massage Instruction
Classes teach parents or caregivers methods of massaging their babies to support bonding, relaxation, sleep, digestion and general health. Parents are supported in learning new techniques, but also encouraged to further massage and touch their babies each day.
Integrative Massage Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Thai Yoga Massage
Kaeli’s approach to bodywork grows out of a life-long study of the interconnections between the physical, emotional, mental “bodies” of each person. Her many years of dance and yoga study deeply inform her work as a massage therapist.
“Thank you for the work you’ve done in helping me with my shoulder and arm during these last few weeks of pregnancy. This shoulder issue has bothered me for many years, and I’ve been in and out of therapy, massage, and chiropractic care to help it. Although there has been some success in the past, the work that you have done has been different — I often felt that practitioners had a standard “script” that they were following and it didn’t really get to the root of my problem. However, the work you have done each time has been very unique to me and the issues that I’m experiencing. The difference is noticeable in the relief I’ve had after our sessions. Thank you! It has really made a difference! –G.M. Providence
“Kaeli’s Thai Yoga Massages are the most invigorating, relaxing and energizing massage experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried many. Little aches and stiff points seem to evaporate, I feel two inches taller, and the muscular surrender that is part of the massage experience carries over into a feeling of intense surcease that lingers long after. Wonderful!” -RF, Providence