Synopses & Reviews
A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy
Massage is a sensuous, relaxing, and loving treatment that has the added bonus of being especially good for you. Its the perfect way to reduce stress and promote general well-being. During pregnancy, your body is undergoing many changes, some of them stressful and discomforting. Mother Massage, by licensed massage therapist Elaine Stillerman, is a beautifully illustrated guide to help eliminate some of these adverse effects. Designed to be used either alone or with a partner, Mother Massage provides techniques for a variety of massages, including full body massage, preparation for labor and birthing massage, massage during the postpartum and nursing stages, and infant massage. These techniques are explained in step-by-step, illustrated detail. Youll also learn special massages for treating such discomforts as:
• Breast Soreness
• Charley Horse and Leg Cramps
• Morning Sickness
• Stretch Marks
• Varicose Veins
• And Many Others
Also included are sections on reflexology, herbal remedies, and nutritional requirements for pregnant and lactating women.
In this groundbreaking book, you will discover the power of a therapeutic and loving touch. You will learn how truly to share the joy and excitement of your pregnancy with your partner. And you will explore the many ways of relieving the discomforts of pregnancy through massage.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-159) and index.
About the Author
Elaine Stillerman, a licensed massage therapist in New York City, has been specializing in prenatal and postpartum massage since 1980 and has worked with hundreds of expectant women. She has written many articles on massage therapy and teaches the nationally certified course “Mother Massage: Massage During Pregnancy” at massage schools all over the country. She is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Bodywork
Diana Kurz is a painter who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of a Fulbright grant for art and has taught in universities and art schools all over the world.