Pregnancy and Massage: Advanced Practice
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Pregnancy and Massage: Advanced Practice

Author(s): Susan Salvo

3.5CE credits 10 Lessons Text

In this advanced course, explore how massage therapy can help with many factors related to the stress that may accompany female infertility, mental health, and pain and discomfort during the prenatal and perinatal phases. Review and build on the basic concepts of pregnancy and massage, and examine the associated myths to answer the question, is massage safe during pregnancy? Develop skills to create evidence-informed therapy session plans and ways to communicate effectively with your pregnant clients’ healthcare providers. 

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and support your clients through all stages of their pregnancy;
  • Dispel myths concerning pregnancy and massage;
  • Create and implement safe practice guidelines for your pregnant clients;
  • Identify ways to improve your clients’ outcomes, by integrating relevant evidence, the therapists’ professional expertise and your clients’ preferences.

  1. Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Review
  2. Massage Therapy and Pathologies of Pregnancy: What Research Tells Us
  3. Massage and the Mental Health of Pregnant Women
  4. Pregnancy and Massage: Dispelling Two Myths
  5. The Legal Ramifications of Pregnancy Massage
  6. Implementing Safety Practices for Your Pregnancy Massage Clients
  7. Evidenced-Informed Practice
  8. Evidence-Informed Therapy Planning
  9. Referring Clients to Health care Providers
  10. Conclusion

Susan Salvo, EdD is a board certified massage therapist with over 35 years of experience, has authored two widely used textbooks, and presents at seminars across the country. Her teaching and research focus on advancing the fields of Massage and Education. In 2014, Susan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Massage Therapy Association.