Chelsey Swan, LMT

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Chelsey joined the massage therapy profession after years of working in administration, realizing that her great passion is helping people one-on-one with her own two hands.  Her background is in women’s perinatal health and the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality through her studies at the University of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies.  Originally, she thought she wanted to be a midwife and worked actively toward this goal. She trained as a birth doula at Bastyr University’s Simkin Center and attended births in this role as well as in the role of birth assistant-in-training. During her work as the past Office Manager of Puget Sound Birth Center, she decided that although her love of the midwifery model of care was great, midwifery was not the route she wanted to go. 

After she graduated from Cortiva Institute of massage, in Seattle, she opened her first private practice in Kirkland, called Grounded Touch Therapeutic Massage. During this time, she immediately began working on her perinatal specializations, adding breast massage and prenatal massage certifications, as well as becoming a babywearing educator.  She is deeply connected to the birth community in the greater Seattle area and through massage supports birth givers, their families, and other birth professionals.  She is dedicated to providing quality care to her clients no matter their sexual orientation, race, gender, sex, or abilities. Chelsey currently lives in Kenmore with her wife, Jessica, who is a licensed midwife at Puget Sound Birth Center. Together they serve as a members of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State Board of Directors.

Education, Licensure & leadership:

  • Two Bachelor of Art degrees in Women Studies and Spanish: University of Washington (Seattle)

  • Birth doula training: Bastyr University’s Simkin Center with Carrie Kenner and Kim James (Kenmore)

  • Advanced birth doula training: When a Baby Dies” with Carrie Kenner (Seattle)

  • Massage certificate: Cortiva Institute (Seattle)

  • Washington State Massage License

  • Spinning Babies Workshop (Edmonds)

  • Bimonthly tutorial group: Brian Utting, LMT (Seattle)

  • Breast Massage certification: Aubrey Lesicki, BS, LMP (Bellingham)

  • Prenatal Massage certification – Touch for Birth by Leslie Stager, RN, LMT (Portland)

  • Acupressure for Labor and Birth – Touch for Birth by Leslie Stager, RN, LMT (Portland)

  • Bodywork for the New Mother – Touch for Birth by Leslie Stager, RN, LMT (Portland)

  • Trained Babywearing Educator - Center for Babywearing Studies with Joanna McNeilly

  • “Touch For Birth” 65-hr Maternity Massage Certification with Leslie Stager, RN, LMT

  • Serves on the Midwives’ Association of Washington State Board of Directors

  • Speaker at the April 5th, 2019 Midwives’ Association of Washington State conference (Caring for the Lactating Body/ Lactation & Massage: Evidence-based tools for postpartum success)

  • Speaker at the May 17th, 2019 REACHE - Regional Association of Childbirth Educators conference (Teaching Prenatal Breast Massage: A Tool to Improve Lactation)