Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle: Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Certification

03/29/19 @ 10:00 am – 03/31/19 @ 6:00 pm
Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
151 W. 26th Street New York
NY 10001
212-924-5900 ext. 265

Class title: Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle: Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Certification

 When: Friday-Sunday, March 29-31, 2019

Where: Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences  151 W. 26th Street   New York, NY 10001

CEU’s: 21 NY State, 21 NCBTMB, 21 FL State

This is not an AMTA-NY Class

Class Description: This hands-on course emphasizes the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, the use of bodywork as an appropriate adjunct to prenatal care, and using massage as a means of developing deeper kinesthetic awareness in preparation for labor and birth, and postpartum recovery. Films are shown each day and numerous handouts are provided.

The first day begins with a review of body systems through the lens of pregnancy physiology and structural change. Contraindications, benefits and goals of bodywork during pregnancy are discussed in detail. Participants will learn and practice setting up the massage table and draping the client appropriately with optimal bolstering for each trimester of pregnancy.

An overview of emotional milestones during the three trimesters of pregnancy and corresponding obstetrical care will be discussed in depth so participants will have a deeper understanding of the contemporary experience of pregnancy. Ethics and the role of the massage therapist will be discussed in this context.The second day begins with distinguishing between common discomforts and concerns which require consultation with your client’s midwife or physician. The focus of the morning is on structural assessment of the client, history taking, and a detailed demonstration. Emphasis is given to working with areas of tension and myofascial restriction commonly associated with pregnancy. Each student will have the opportunity to practice with another student, and will have two full hours of practice time with a pregnant volunteer.The third day is essential to therapists working with pregnant women. It emphasizes the legacy of changes inherent in pregnancy, birth, cesarean surgery, and providing newborn care. Participants will learn about the physiological and psychological changes following both natural and surgical birth. Addressing these changes with active listening skills and bodywork is our focus. Swedish, deep tissue, and kinetic myofascial mobilization techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, postural assessment and teaching sound postpartum body mechanics are covered. Cesarean scar care and adhesion reduction is shown and practiced. Emotional and social adjustment issues are addressed, as participants may be in contact with the mother soon after birth. Giving a massage with a baby at the breast and/or on the table is demonstrated. At the close of the day, marketing and networking in this specialty will be discussed in depth. Participants who complete the program will receive certification.

This course includes an exam (required for certification and CEUs).

Instructor: Susanrachel Condon, LMT, CCCE, LM

 Contact info for questions: Phone: 212-924-5900 ext. 265; Email:

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