IHOTU JENNIFER ALI
INTEGRATIVE ABDOMINAL THERAPIST
HORMONE HEALTH COACH
DOULA & LACTATION COUNSELOR
Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, CLC (she/her) is an integrative massage therapist, health coach and doula with a background in public health education and advocacy. Her private practice specializes in myofascial release therapies including the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal, and Infant Massage as a Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner®. She is founder and owner of Black Moon Bodywork, LLC which offers massage therapy blended with health coaching in integrative and indigenous practices to support hormone balance, sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive justice. Bodywork and coaching sessions are tailored especially for bodies with menstrual or pregnancy pains, pelvic or low back pain, high stress, anxiety or digestive conditions, trauma, or disconnect around the womb, sexuality, family or community.
Ihotu’s decade of experience in femme and family health includes years as a DONA certified birth doula and lactation counselor, prenatal yoga teacher and dancer, rape crisis counselor, Institute for Integrative Nutrition coach, and director of pre-conception health programs funded by the March of Dimes. She has collaborated with midwives and physicians in Haiti, Nigeria, Congo, and Morocco, and worked in health policy and research with the U.S. Congress, Clinton Foundation, United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and Columbia University’s School of Public Health.
Raised between Minnesota, New York City, and West Africa with a single mother and mixed race family with disabilities and mental illness, Ihotu gained respect for both indigenous and evidence-based medicine, and strives to offer innovative care that is affordable, consent- and trauma-informed, gender fluid and ancestrally rooted. Her writing, public speaking, and coaching brings together emerging science in hormones and gut-brain health, functional medicine, Reproductive Justice and Afrofuturism movements, and intercultural commentary on busy modern lifestyles, social pressures and anxieties, violence and unresolved trauma often at the root of today’s chronic health conditions.
Her work has been featured as part of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's New Era Health Intensive in New York City, the GOLD Midwifery Online Conference, self-care days and conferences with the Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives and at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and St. Catherine's University School of Nursing.