Prenatal Massage and Your Massage Therapy Practice

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What Is Prenatal Massage?

Prenatal massage is massage given to pregnant mothers. Pregnant clients have their own set of physical and emotional needs during pregnancy, and prenatal massage training will help you meet those needs. Prenatal massage can help a mother lower her anxiety levels, decrease the amounts of stress hormones in the blood, relieve chronic pain in the back and legs (including sciatica pain), reduce swelling, and even lower the risk of complications and premature delivery.

Prenatal Massage Therapy CEU BundlePrenatal massage can also help women with their respiration by improving posture and muscle and joint mobility. Many pregnant women have digestion issues, and massage can assist with that by increasing the levels of food absorption hormones and helping with the elimination of toxins.

A massage therapist skilled in prenatal massage can also be a great help at the mother’s delivery, providing both physical and emotional support. Massage during childbirth is very different from massage in the studio. The mother will possibly be in motion (walking or rocking on a birthing ball, etc.), and the quick transitions between one stage of labor and another will require different massage techniques.

Why Should I Learn About Prenatal Massage?

According to Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, 22% of adult women in the U.S. will get a massage each year, and 60% of all massage therapy clients are female. If even a small percentage of those women become pregnant, it’s a smart business decision to be able to cater to their changing needs. Even if you never massage a woman who is actively pregnant, you need to be familiar with the changes that a woman’s body experiences during pregnancy- it can take a post-partum mother’s body up to a year to return to her pre-pregnancy state and recover from childbirth. If she comes to you during that year, you need to be know what sort of needs and concerns she might have.

How Do I Get a Prenatal Massage Certification?

Our continuing education course will give you plenty of background information on the field so you can make an educated decision about pursuing a prenatal massage certification. To get a certification and be able to advertise yourself as a prenatal massage therapist, you will need to attend a prenatal massage workshop at a massage therapy school near you. They will require a certain amount of coursework, possible written tests, and a specific number of hours of hands-on work with pregnant clients.

Even if you don’t decide to pursue further certification, a continuing education course will help you know how to work with clients who have recently had children.

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