Pregnancy Massage Australia provides a range of courses that give you the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need to apply therapeutic massage to your pregnant clients. A list of current available courses is provided below.

The Pathway to becoming a NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner

Option 1 – Combined Courses
Register into the NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage Practitioners five day course which includes the Certificate of Pregnancy Massage, the Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage and 12month registration to the NurtureLife® family.

Option 2 – Separate Courses
Complete the Certificate of Pregnancy Massage two day course.
Then at any time, follow on to complete the NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage Practitioner UPGRADE three day course which includes the Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage and 12month registration to the NurtureLife® family.

Option 3 – Separate Courses
Complete the Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage five day course which includes the Certificate of Pregnancy Massage.
Then at any time, follow on to register as a NurtureLife® Practitioner, individual therapist, spa or massage clinic including 12month registration to the NurtureLife® family.

Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

Discover the many benefits of massage during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life that creates significant physiological, structural, and psychological changes. Understanding these changes will help you, the massage therapist, to determine the outcome of your treatment. It will give you the confidence and guidance to apply appropriate therapeutic massage to your pregnant client.

During the course you will study the gentle application of massage for pregnant women, and the appropriate techniques and style of application suitable for each trimester. You will discover how beneficial massage is during pregnancy and beyond.

  • Dates 2019
    Melbourne: 23 & 24 November 2019

Dates 2020

  • Sydney February 15 & 16  2020
  • Melbourne: February 22 & 23 2020
  • Brisbane March 7 & 8 2020
  • Melbourne March 21 & 22 2020
  • Sydney  April 4 & 5
  • Brisbane May 16 & 17 2020
  • Perth June 13 & 14
  • Adelaide September 12 & 13 2020

Course duration: 2 day course
Course fee: $670*
*Early Bird offer – Includes GST
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Course Details

Day 1
We will introduce you to the many benefits of massage during pregnancy – you will learn techniques and gain the confidence to massage and treat pregnant clients.
• Develop awareness to the physiological changes during pregnancy
• Begin to understand body changes, and the effects on various bodily systems
• Joints and muscles affected during pregnancy
• Introduction to some of High Risk conditions unique to pregnancy and contra indications for massage during pregnancy
• Pregnancy myths will be explained and identified including endangerment sites reflex points and acupressure points
• Alleviate the myths of first trimester massage
• Review of the three trimesters, including lying positions appropriate for pregnancy through each trimester
• Draping – client comfort and privacy
• Massage techniques appropriate during pregnancy
• How to prepare for a pregnancy massage treatment
• Full body massage demonstrated

Day 2
You will begin to develop massage skills to treat some specific musculoskeletal conditions, which pregnant clients will present with.
• How to prepare a pregnancy massage treatment and assess the client for massage treatment
• Massage techniques during pregnancy – develop appropriate applications for each trimester
• Application of gentle release techniques for hip pain with a focus on gluteal muscles
• Application of gentle Myofascial hip mobilisation
• Myofascial Piriformis release unique for pregnancy
• Introduction to shoulder releases and mobilisation to reduce pregnancy posture changes
• Introduction to abdominal massage unique to pregnancy, which helps create a supportive mother-baby connection.

General Information
• Seminar times are 9am to 5pm.
• Course is suitable for Massage Therapists (Cert IV & Diploma), Myotherapists, Naturopaths, Osteopaths and Acupuncturists.
• Also suitable for midwives and beauty therapists who have a knowledge of massage.
• Comprehensive seminar notes will be provided at the commencement of the seminar.
• Morning & afternoon teas provided.
• Further information (parking, accommodation, lunch venues etc) will be sent on receipt of payment.

Therapist are requested to bring their massage table and equipment to the training. PMA can provide for therapists who are unable to bring or are travelling from interstate or internationally.

There are post course assignments required to complete the certification

• A 15% fee will be incurred on all cancellations.
• Due to limited seating no refunds will be given 14 days prior to the start of seminar.

Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage

Course aims

This course offers in-depth insight into how to support women through pregnancy and beyond. We will review in great detail specific conditions, including high-risk pregnancies, and the implication of massage. Our focus is to support all women and reduce the more complex discomforts experienced in pregnancy. We will develop your awareness of the benefits of massage through the perinatal journey from pre-conception to pregnancy to labour and birth and onto postnatal support.

During the course you gain a greater insight into the complex body and system changes happening through pregnancy, labour and postnatal.

We will explore your own emotive feelings towards pregnancy, labour and beyond so you can apply practical tools to support all clients with empathy and understanding. You will explore your own self-development as a pregnancy massage specialist.

By the end of the course you will have developed the confidence and knowledge needed to treat pregnant women throughout their journey into motherhood and beyond. You will also have the opportunity to become part of the NurtureLife® network including the support of our mentoring program (learn more about this on our website) and have a team of practitioners around you to support you and refer clients to if required.

Course details

The Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage course will advance your massage knowledge and skills, including developing further your understanding of the many complex presentations of pregnancy. We will review in greater detail high-risk conditions unique to pregnancy and how to treat each of these conditions through each trimester.

We will consolidate your understanding of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, particularly in relation to complex musculoskeletal changes unique to pregnancy. How to apply orthopaedic assessment and the adaption of these skills through each trimester to determine appropriate treatment plan.

You will learn how to adapt your treatment plans to suit the individual needs of your clients, through massage, gentle breathe, stretching and visualisations unique to pregnancy.

You will explore massage techniques for use in labour, active partner training, and postnatal massage so you can create a unique NurtureLife® experience for your clients.

Dates 2020 

  • Melbourne: March 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2020
  • Brisbane:  May 16, 17, 18, 19, 20  2020
  • Perth: June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17  2020
  • Sydney: July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 2020
  • Adelaide: September 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 2020

Course duration: 3 day upgrade course (once completed the Certificate of Pregnancy Massage)
Course fee: $1,110*
Course duration: 5 day course (includes the Certificate of Pregnancy Massage)
Course fee: $1,755*
*Early Bird offer – Includes GST
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Course Outline

We will explore unique pregnancy conditions and understand the complexities of high risk clients – what is contraindicated for massage? We will also be learning how we can offer emotional support and reduce the many stresses of pregnancy.

Day 1
• We will explore the complex pregnancy conditions and understand the complexities of High Risk clients – what is contraindicated for massage
• Throughout the course we will be exploring how we can offer emotional support and reduce the many stresses
 of pregnancy

We will explore in detail:
• Orthopaedic assessments unique for pregnancy
How to treat and reduce the pain patterns associated with:
• Pelvic Girdle Instability (PGI) this is a complex and debilitating condition common in pregnancy
• Pubic Symphysis Pubis Instability/diastasis (PSD or PSI)
• Pregnancy ligamentous pain, how to recognise the ligament pain patterns and apply massage treatment
• How to support changes through the spine and imbalances associated with lower back pain including treatment of sacroiliac joint pain gluteal muscle release, Piriformis release, psoas release unique for pregnancy and lumbar lordosis release
• How to ease the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, leg and calf cramping, and reduction of oedema in the legs
Day 2
We explore in detail the changes to the thoracic spine, shoulder, ribs, arms and abdomen.
• Complex shoulder treatment including thoracic spine, shoulder mobilisations to improve posture, function and movement. We will apply massage applications to improve posture for mums still working and/or breast-feeding. You will learn techniques to reduce client pain and discomfort
• How to assess for Carpel tunnel and oedema of the arms. You will learn treatment protocols for assessment and management of carpel tunnel and oedema of the arms
• Assessment of neck movement and gentle application of massage techniques to reduce pain and improve movement patterns
• Gentle application of rib release and respiratory releases to ease the shortness of breath common in pregnancy
• How to apply an abdominal massage to support diastasis recti and digestive system changes
• Create a unique mother-baby connection
Day 3
You will have the opportunity to put together all you have learnt and apply to a pregnant client, you will experience firsthand the benefits of the many new techniques you have learnt.
• Review and practice of new techniques in a simulated full body practice
• Pregnancy Massage Clinic: You will apply a full body pregnancy massage to a pregnant woman under supervision and receive invaluable feedback of your treatment
• You will also review ‘Partner Training & Massage for Labour’ by viewing a birth DVD.
• We will discuss the High Risk conditions unique to early postpartum.
• We will explore how to support a mother after a loss
• When you can and can’t massage in the postpartum

NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner

Join the NurtureLife® family and grow your business

What is NurtureLife®?

NurtureLife® is a holistic perinatal massage therapy method developed by Pregnancy Massage Australia® that supports women who are nurturing new life. NurtureLife® was born from a desire to share our specialist knowledge and natural support techniques with women on their journey through pregnancy and beyond.

Certified NurtureLife® practitioners deliver specialised massage treatment that focuses on nurturing both mother and baby. The NurtureLife® massage experience has a natural, comprehensive approach to perinatal care, offering a broad range of support with a unique focus on massage.

Once you have successfully completed the NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage Practitioner Course you are eligible to join the NurtureLife® family of practitioners. By registering as a NurtureLife® individual practitioner or clinic, you will reap the many rewards that are available to you under the supportive umbrella of the NurtureLife® brand.

We strongly encourage you do this, as we believe it is a natural progression for our newly trained practitioners. Individual massage practitioners, multi-staff clinics or spas can all become registered members.

Why become a NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner?

NurtureLife® makes you unique.

Upon completion of the practitioner of Pregnancy Massage Course you will be eligible to join the NurtureLife® family and become a NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner. This identifies you as a unique therapist who is a specialist in perinatal care. As a NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner you will discover that your services are in high demand as women and health professionals continually seek quality practitioners like you.

NurtureLife® delivers on our promises.

We are dedicated to strengthening services to our clients and demonstrating our commitment to women’s wellbeing in all aspects of our business. NurtureLife® operates under a licensed business model that offers you a tiered fee structure based on whether you are an individual therapist, a spa or a massage clinic with multiple staff. This means you will only pay the fee that is relevant to your business structure. There is an up-front license fee when you join the NurtureLife® family, then a small annual renewal cost that covers our costs of delivering unique services and support to you and your clients. We strive to keep our pricing reasonable and competitive, and our belief in what we are doing underpins the whole NurtureLife® business model.

Dates 2020 

  • Melbourne: March 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2020
  • Brisbane:  May 16, 17, 18, 19, 20  2020
  • Perth: June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17  2020
  • Sydney: July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 2020
  • Adelaide: September 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 2020

Course duration: 3 day upgrade course
Course fee: $1,480*
Course duration: 5 day course
Course fee: $2,020*
*Early Bird offer – Includes GST
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NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner

Join the NurtureLife® family and grow your business.

NurtureLife® grows your business and increases revenue.

Upon registration you will immediately be associated with an established brand and industry reputation. NurtureLife®. Registered Practitioners receive mentoring and support from our highly skilled team. You will be able to grow your business backed by the strength, experience and reputation of the NurtureLife® brand.

As a Registered Practitioner you will have access to:

  • Kidspot National Online Advertising Campaign, where your clients can leave feedback about your services. This will raise awareness on your services and increase your business exposure
  • Business referrals
  • Access to latest research in perinatal care
  • Discounts on future refresher courses
  • Membership to our exclusive NurtureLife® Practitioner FaceBook Group, giving you access to information and forum discussions
  • Our beautiful NurtureLife® canvas 3-series for display in your clinic.
  • NurtureLife® pregnancy product discounts so you can retail these wonderful products to your clients including:
    • NurtureLife® Aromatherapy trimester 1 – 2 – 3 Essential oils 10ml
    • NurtureLife® Aromatherapy Labour Blend Essential oil 10ml
    • NurtureLife® Aromatherapy trimester 1 – 2 – 3 Massage oils 250ml
    • NurtureLife® Belly Oil 250ml
    • NurtureLife® Soothing Leg Gel 250ml
    • Dentons pregnancy pillow

We will give you:
Marketing Starter Pack including:

  • Listing on our website
  • Future course discounts
  • Package deals for staff training
  • NurtureLife® branding and logo supplied for use on website and in approved marketing material
  • A set of beautifully designed brochures
    • DL clinic brochures
    • A4 brochures outlining pregnancy massage services
    • Point of sale displays
    • DL flyer advertising NurtureLife® Pregnancy Packages
    • Gift vouchers

NurtureLife® Business Information Pack

  • How to market your NurtureLife® pregnancy massage business
  • How to network with other health professionals
  • Letter of Introduction to other health professionals
  • How to prepare for a networking meeting
  • How to build a strong referral network
  • Sample business card
  • Sample letter head
  • Sample client history form

NurtureLife® Aromatherapy Pack including:

  • Trimester 1 – 2 – 3 blends
  • A4 aromatherapy description display

We would love for you to become part of our NurtureLife® team, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
NurtureLife® is registered by Pregnancy Massage Australia®