Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, CLC (she/her) is a licensed bodyworker, traditional postpartum doula, nutrition coach, public health consultant, poet and multidisciplinary artist.

Founder & CEO of Black Moon Bodywork LLC, she integrates western medicine and public health policy with Ayurveda, African and North American indigenous healing practices around family and food, and maternal, newborn, and womb health.

Ihotu has worked with the U.S. Congress and United Nations on maternal health policy, taught global continuing education courses for midwives, and co-founded several collectives including the Uptown Village Cooperative in New York City, and the Minnesota Healing Justice Network. She owes gratitude to her many teachers across the USA, Africa and the Caribbean, and particularly to her grandfather in Nigeria, who was a local Chief and head of the Ichama Village Council of Elders.

“Ihotu is a kind and gentle healing presence, and my body trusted (her). The abdominal method she practices — which can work with emotional and physical unbalances — is necessary because the abdominal region is such a charged and ignored area in our society.”

-Tania, LMT, New York City

Ihotu’s teachers include Columbia University’s School of Public Health, the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Panquetzani Ticitl of Indigemama, the Arvigo Institute, Dr. Carol Phillips, Spinning Babies Founder Gail Tully and Instructor Adrienne Caldwell, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Cathy Calderon, Maria Gaviña, Mama Okpoga, the Yoruba Association in Havana, Cuba, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Sacred Window Studies for Ayurveda Postpartum Caregivers, Third Root Community Health Center, Hope Flanagan of Dream of Wild Health, Divine Bailey-Nicholas and Ethnobotany of the Southern Black Midwife, the Black Women’s Wealth Alliance, Midwives Jennie Joseph, Rebecca Polston, Martine Jean-Baptiste and many more.

Ihotu is also a sexual assault survivor and a former rape crisis counselor, raised by a single mother with mental illness, and brings consent and a personal understanding of trauma and sensitivity to her work. She warmly welcomes people of color, indigenous, non-English speaking, undocumented, under- and uninsured, queer and trans folks, non-traditional families, and individuals seeking a mind-body approach to complement talk therapy or medication for anxiety and depression.

Inquire here or visit Black Moon Bodywork for individual coaching, hands-on support, group facilitation, or company and nonprofit wellness programs for burnout prevention, healing and accountability .

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  1. Hi Ihotu, thank you so much for responding to my Revie Sister Nettie Paisley, and providing her with so much information. I also want to say I like your website. I really enjoyed the read.

    I hope to see you soon, and to be able to work along side you once again in Johanne’s beautiful space in Harlem.

    OneLOVE, Rev Barbara

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  2. Hello! I saw your message on the enlightened mama doula page and would love to experience your Mayan abdominal massage. I am a new doula and also a Thai therapist and have some background in chi nei tsang. I would love to give you feedback. Thanks!


    1. Hi Siri! It would be great to connect with you. Could you send me your contact information or an email from the info shared in the post? Looking forward to setting a time to meet soon!


  3. 2 questions :
    1. I’m 62. Would I still benefit from Maya massage?
    2. I have colonoscopy in November. Would Maya massage be better before or after?
    Thank you.
    Jackie Rust


    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for those good questions. Maya Abdominal therapy is helpful at any age, particularly around 62 it can be beneficial for digestive issues and low back, hip or sacrum pain. I would recommend the treatment before the colonoscopy to support your body’s overall health and prepare for the procedure. Best of luck to you!


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