PARENTING SKILLS  AND TOUCH THERAPY


 

Postpartum Massage Benefits

  • Provides emotional support to mother and helps her feel nurtured
  • ​Assists the restoration.of pre-pregnancy physiology
  • Alleviates the muscle strain/fatigue from labor and birth
  • Assists pelvic floor healing and comfort
  • Helps to re-balance pelvic, and spinal structural, realignment
  • Helps to restore and tone abdominal structure
  • Facilitates healing from cesarean birth and injury
  • Prevents and reduces back and neck pain from newborn care.
  • Mothers who are massaged tend to massage their babies, which aids in bonding and attachment, and helps to ward off postpartum depression.

The list is long!  Although massage therapy has countless benefits to a woman during pregnancy, labor and postpartum; the supportive emotional aspect can also have a tremendous, beneficial affect to not only the mother, but her child, as well.


Pregnancy Massage Benefits

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.


  • Leg massage can control varicose veins and the draining effect of massage facilitates the reduction of edema.
  • An increase in general circulation offers a rise of blood to all areas of the body, including the placenta.  This brings greater nutrition to the tissues and enhances waste product removal.
  • "Lazy" red blood cells which line the vessel walls are reintroduced into circulation increasing the red blood cell count.  This is of particular importance to those women with anemia.  A rise in the cell count will help eliminate fatigue since more oxygen carrying hemoglobin is released into the blood stream.
  • The Lymphatic system circulates faster and more efficiently.  This results in less swelling and more energy for the pregnant woman.
  • The strain on the muscles of the lower back, abdomen and shoulders increases as the pregnancy progresses, and can be greatly relieved with regular massage.
  • Muscle tone can increase with regular massage.  Muscle spasms and knots are released while ligaments, tendons and joints enjoy greater flexibility.  This is most advantageous during labor.
  • Tiffany Field'd research study showed: "Massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy.  Women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain.  Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group."

​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.


  • A Certified Perinatal Massage Therapist can listen and support you, helping you to keep a positive mental attitude!
  • ​Massage has a sedating effect on the Nervous System, which promotes needed rest and relaxation.  It also releases endorphines causing deep relaxation for both the mother and the baby in utero..
  • While every child will have a specific genetic blue print (DNA) research has found that the internal environment (the food you eat, air you breathe, chemicals you're exposed to, including stress hormones, etc.) can actually change the reading of the baby's blue print during pregnancy.  Your choices and your perception of the world affect the way your baby's body and mind will grow.
  • Many complications during pregnancy can be eliminated when mothers are empowered, reassured, and supported by people who are trusted and familiar and with whom they fel safe.


For Professionals, Become a:

Certified Perinatal Massage Therapist-Worth 32CE


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.

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Benefits of Receiving MassageDuring Pregnancy, During Labor, and During the Postpartum Period:


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Labor Massage Benefits

  • Can relax and stretch pelvic attachments
  • May increase flexibility and ease in assuming a variety of labor positions
  • Promotes faster, easier births
  • Provides consistent, responsive physical and emotional care throughout labor

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

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