Maternity and Infant Massage (50 hours)

This comprehensive 50 Hour course covers a wide variety of massage techniques and approaches stretching from Prenatal and Postnatal Maternity Massage all the way through Infant and Toddler Massage.

The breakdown of the individual sections of the course are as follows:

Maternity Massage:

Maternity Massage course offers a rich blend of massage and reflexology for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-partum. Additional resources include an overview of childbirth education including the anatomy and physiology of the developing maternal body. In both practicum and classroom instruction, participants learn the following objectives: 1. Physiology of the female body, including Ideal states, conditions and requirements for conception and how bodywork can facilitate pregnancy. 2. Anatomy and physiology of the fetus and special focus on massage for the growing uterus and surrounding tissues. 3. First, second and third trimester bodywork techniques are practiced during class. Additionally volunteers from each stage of pregnancy are worked with for the purpose of demonstration and how to conduct sessions using proper draping and table/cushion protocols.

Infant and Toddler Massage

The content of the Infant Massage part of the course is designed to give the student solid working knowledge of infant development, physiology, and special needs, so the student will be equipped to safely and effectively perform infant massage. Also, because one of the most important aspects of infant massage is the bonding and trust it fosters between parent and child, the class will include teaching the student how to teach infant massage to parents, either in private sessions within the scope of their practice, or in a small group or classroom setting.

Dolls will be used for initial instruction, with parent/ infant “teams” joining us for demonstration purposes during a class clinical day . Plenty of hands-on and question-and-answer time will ensure students gain the knowledge and confidence needed to put these techniques into practice immediately.