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Mission Statement

The maternity massage specialist & holistic massage doula bringing awareness, inspiration, education & support to expectant parents across the globe for complete mind-body-soul health

About APMM

Started in 2011, Active Peace Maternity & Massage evolved from a general therapeutic massage practice into a niche practice specializing in maternity massage (fertility, prenatal, labor, and postpartum massage). From there services expanded to include doula support in all stages of family planning. Now, the practice includes full maternity coaching and planning, as well as doula support and massage.

Top Doulas in Colorado Springs

Hi! I'm Crystal Swanson.

Licensed Massage Therapist, Doula, Maternity Coach, Herbalist

Crystal Swanson, Massage Doula, Massage Therapist. Black Birthworker. African American Doula

I began my career in health care as a Medic in the US Army, and started my massage education as I was transitioning out of the military. I was, and still am, very interested in alternative therapies. After medically retiring from the Army in Dec 2010, I actually completed my primary massage education from Intellitec Medical Institute in Feb 2011 with an Associates of Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy. My passion for women’s health, especially during and after their pregnancy, grew during massage school. This passion for prenatal and postpartum massage also paved my path toward birth work and becoming a doula and herbalist.

I’m originally from New Orleans, and currently reside here in Colorado Springs. In addition to serving my clients, I enjoying reading, cooking/baking, eating, sewing, soap making, and making other homemade beauty & body care products. I love spending time with my family – my husband, Richie, our 4 sons, and our 2 dogs. Other random fun facts about me: I am a bit of an introvert who loves pole fitness. I consider myself a lifelong learner and always looking toward educational growth.

Credentials, Education, Training, and Other Experience

  • Assoc. of Occupational Studies degree Massage Therapy (2011)

  • Assoc. of Arts degree Counseling and Applied Psychology (2005)

  • Massage Doula (Massage Doula Network)

  • Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist

  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor

  • Fertility Massage Therapist

  • Baby Planner University (2018)

  • Sacred Scent: Aromatherapy for Birthworkers

  • CPR & First Aid

  • US Army Medic (2002-2010)

  • ​Emergency Medical Technician (2003-2010)