Synopses & Reviews
This comprehensive guide to massage during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum contains extensive evidence and practice-based wisdom, grounded in the author’s 38 years as a practitioner and teacher. This edition includes three technique manuals of precise instruction and anatomy-embedded illustrations, plus extensive online technique video clips, teach effective, safe practices.
Discussions of perinatal research, anatomy, physiology, functional adaptations, and emotional responses, invoke deep understanding for the normalcy of pregnancy. The special needs chapter equips therapists for working cooperatively with medical experts when complications or high risks are involved. Business chapters focus on marketplace success, and include voices of longtime therapists in a variety of settings.
Book purchase includes exclusive access to online ancillaries featuring a wide range of professional, business and medical resources compiled specifically to prepare readers for the opportunities and challenges of a maternity massage therapy specialization.
This book will give a comprehensive foundation manual therapists need to safely and effectively support the birth of a mother and her baby. It covers the techniques and benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork throughout pregnancy and labor, and in the postpartum period. Physiological, structural, and emotional developments in the childbearing year are explained, emphasizing ramifications for somatic practices. General guidelines for effective, safe therapy are presented, with specific contraindications and precautions relevant to each trimester.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-171) and index.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Benefits of Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy
Chapter 2. General Guidelines, Precautions, and Contraindications
Chapter 3. Client Positioning, Draping, Body Mechanics, and Other Practical Considerations
Chapter 4. Trimester Recommendations
Chapter 5. Massage Therapy as Labor Support
Chapter 6. Postpartum Perspectives and Techniques
Chapter 7. Clients with Special Needs
Chapter 8. Business Considerations
Chapter 9. Profiles of Maternity Massage Therapists