PARENTING SKILLS AND TOUCH THERAPY
Massage pleasantly and effectively eliminates many of the adverse effects of stress and the accompanying discomforts. The expectant woman can benefit in many ways from regular massage treatments.
There are many emotional issues during pregnancy. Some women have repressed memories, financial concerns, relationships between partner and friends change, and some even risk abuse.
This advanced four day workshop will teach you the tools to work with women before, during, and after pregnancy. Students will learn a set of techniques and standards to be used during pregnancy, labor and postpartum that explores the physiological, structural and emotional well-being of both the mother and her child.
Students will be able to understand and recognize contraindications, possible complications, and risk factors of pregnancy, comfort techniques for labor, and restoring musculature and postural integrity postpartum. Early bonding in the womb is explained, as well as, events that can change the bonding during labor, the immediate hours after birth, and attachment issues postpartum. Students will enjoy lots of hands-on practice with pregnant mother volunteers, a mock labor among peers, and postpartum restoration.
The successful completion of a written, and practical exam, will be required for certification.
Prerequisites: This program is designed for continuing education for already Licensed Massage Therapists, RN, PT, OT or other medical professionals with understanding of female reproductive anatomy. Any other bodywork students, practioners, or Doulas seeking the theoretical understanding to safely adapt their own protocols and techniques to perinatal demands may be allowed with prior authorization.
In study of labor pain, "women who received massage therapy experienced significantly lass pain, and their labors were on average 3 hours shorter with less need for medication. An underlying mechanism we have been exploring is that these effects are mediated by increased vagal afferent fibers, which ultimately project to te limbic system, including hypothalamic structures involved in autonomic nervous system regulation and cortisol secretion."
-According to The Touch Research Institute Miami Florida
The Early Bonding Foundation