Prenatal Massage Therapy (Level 1)
This two-day workshop is designed to teach massage therapists how to safely modify massage routines and techniques to meet the needs of pregnant women.
You will learn basic prenatal, physiological and structural changes that pregnant women typically experience. We will be creating a foundation to practice techniques that will be safe and effective for low risk, uncomplicated pregnancies.
The student will be able to:
1. Identify normal structural, functional, emotional, and physiological prenatal changes relevant to massage therapy practices.
2. Identify modifications, precautions, and contra-indicated practices to safely perform massage therapy during low-risk, uncomplicated pregnancies.
3. Recognize the symptoms of prenatal complications and high risk factors to know when to refer and when to withhold massage therapy.
4. Techniques for supine, sidelying, and semi reclining positions and to most effectively respond to the needs of pregnant clients.
Equipment and Supplies Needed
- Textbook for reference: Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy, second edition by Carole Osborne
- 3-6 pillows
- Linen, including breast drapes (twin sized fitted and flat sheets, bath size towel or king size pillowcase ideal)