The course is designed for qualified massage therapists or aromatherapists. Ideally with at least 6 months experience in practice.
More about the course: Pregnancy and post partum (after the birth) are times when massage can be particularly beneficial and supportive to a woman, physically and emotionally. However, many initial Massage training covers pregnancy very briefly or not at all, and some students are even left feeling that pregnancy is a contraindication – without being given any reason why. Over these three days we will sort myth from truth, so that the next time a pregnant client books a massage you will feel excited rather than trepidation.
The training is very practical and skills based. We will cover all the theory you need to know about the changing anatomy and physiology and explore massage and bodywork techniques that are appropriate, relevant, effective and safe for each stage of pregnancy & post partum, always asking the question ‘why?’ and checking in with and clarifying possible answers. We will look at comfortable and safe positioning of the pregnant client and new mother and we will include an overview of the use of positive touch and partner massage throughout pregnancy and in labour. You will massage a pregnant woman at the end of the workshop.
A&P of pregnancy and how it relates to massage therapists part one
Sidelying massage intro
Seated massage intro
Back neck & shoulders
A&P of pregnancy and how it relates to massage therapists part two
(including contraindications and extra cautions to add to consultation sheet)
Arms and hands
In depth into shoulders and hips (including mobilisation)
Touch in pregnancy and labour (overview)
Hips legs and feet.
Review of everything
Massage pregnant women
Katie Whitehouse is a leading figure in the field of pregnancy massage
She has over 25 years’ experience specialising in Pregnancy Massage, as well as in training massage therapists and midwives. She is the founder of The Really Useful Massage Co, and was the founder of the Vital Touch range of organic essential oils and massage oils and the Natalia range of natural products for pregnancy, birth and parents. Her mission is to communicate the benefits of positive touch in every day life.
Katie says: “In 1990 my father had a severe stroke and was unable to communicate. I visited him in hospital, reading and talking to him but this only seemed to frustrate him further. It was heart breaking. Determined to do something positive to help him one evening I noticed that the blanket had fallen a little, exposing his feet which were in desparate need of some care. I found a bowl of warm water and spent some time gently washing and drying his feet, and then massaging in some hand cream I found. As soon as I touched him his body visibly relaxed, he closed his eye and sighed deeply. Sadly he died just a few weeks later but I was able to massage his feet every time I visited him and it was something I know we both looked forward. I am eternally grateful to him for showing me the comforting and healing power of touch for the first time. Not long after his death I visited an osteopath. As I received the relieving treatment I felt for myself the benefits that expert touch can bring and I decided to change my career path and train as a therapist. Massage felt the obvious choice and I have not looked back.
So in 1990 I embarked on a 5 year training programme determined to learn as much as possible from the best teachers so that I could be an exceptional therapist, not offering a routine massage to everyone, but working with the whole person to do what was needed for them at that time. Once qualified, my client list quickly grew and then in 1995 my first pregnant client walked through the door. I had not treated a pregnant woman before and I remember that ‘pregnancy’ was actually on the list of contraindications/cautions in many massage books, so I set out to find out how to massage safely in pregnancy. This resulted in devising a training system for therapists. 23 years later I’m still running courses for therapists on massage in pregnancy now widely accepted and welcomed throughout the world.”