Undertake a Certificate of Pregnancy Massage and continue through to Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage

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Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

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 online ‘Certificate of Pregnancy Massage’ 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.

Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage

The Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage course will advance your massage knowledge and skills, including developing your understanding of the many complex presentations of pregnancy. We will review in 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. You will learn how to apply orthopaedic assessment and the adaption of these skills through each trimester to determine an appropriate treatment plan.

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

You will explore massage techniques that are the foundation to pregnancy massage so you can create a unique NurtureLife® experience for your clients.

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Online Course Information

Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

  • On enrolment you receive a welcome email and an extensive training manual to support your remote learning
  • You can start whenever you like, and study is self-paced
  • You will have access to the course for 3 months while you refine and perfect your skills
  • Each module has multiple lessons to help you gain a greater understanding of each subject
  • The theory component is broken up into 10 individual 15-30 minute lessons which you can complete at your own pace
  • In the practical component you are supported with videos to guide you through a full body pregnancy massage and specialised techniques
  • We will invite you to a Zoom Classroom to gain greater knowledge and understanding, and to connect with like-minded therapists
  • You will be invited into the Pregnancy Massage Australia® Therapists Q&A Facebook Group, which is a supportive forum to ask questions and share your experiences
  • To successfully complete the course you will have to pass the simple assessments by:
    • Answering the questions in each section of the online training
    • Designing a ‘Pregnancy Client Health Assessment Form’ (how to do this is covered in the training, along with an example form)
    • Completing a case study: ‘Treat a Pregnant Client’ and outline your massage treatment
    • Providing a photo of your pregnancy massage table set-up.

Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage

  • In the practical component you are supported with videos to guide you through each technique, with a revision of the anatomy of the region and purpose of treatment, signs and symptoms including specialised massage and mobilisation techniques
  • We will invite you to a Zoom Classroom to gain greater knowledge and understanding, and to connect with likeminded therapists There will be two 3 hour Zoom Classrooms to cover techniques in detail and give students the opportunity to ask questions
  • To successfully complete the course, you will have to pass the simple assessments by:
    • Answering the questions in each section of the online training
    • Completing a review of six (6) High Risk Pregnancy Conditions
    • Revising your ‘Pregnancy Client Health Assessment Form’ (how to do this is covered in the training, along with an example form)
    • Completing two (2) case studies of ‘Treat a Pregnant Client’ twice and outline your massage treatment with a focus on the new techniques

    Course Content Outline

    Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

    Module 1: Pregnancy Massage Changes

    • Changes to mother – physiology – self-care and education
    • Massage recommendations for each trimester

    Module 2: Conditions Unique to Pregnancy

    • Unique conditions in pregnancy and pathology of high-risk pregnancies
    • Learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of conditions and when massage will be contraindicated
    • Review conditions that can affect health of mum and baby
    • Pregnancy myths will be explained

    Module 3: Body Changes in Pregnancy

    • Learn the complex orchestration of hormones in pregnancy
    • Anatomy and Reproductive system – musculoskeletal changes

    Module 4: Client Positioning for Treatment

    • Client history and health assessment
    • Safety and benefits of treatment position
    • Client positioning for treatment in the first trimester
    • Client positioning for second and third trimester

    Module 5: Pregnancy Massage Treatments

    • Pregnancy massage treatment and process
    • How to prepare for a pregnancy massage treatment
    • Learn the application of a full body pregnancy massage treatment
    • Draping and client positioning for success in treatment
    • Introduction to abdominal massage unique to pregnancy to create a mother-baby connection

    Module 6: Specialised Pregnancy Techniques

    • Gentle techniques to reduce ‘fight/flight response’ – reducing stress and anxiety
    • Application of RPT: Release Point Therapy to reduce hip and lower back pain and improve movement
    • Myofascial technique to create a gentle stretch in the lumbar spine
    • Myofascial techniques for sacro Iliac joint and hip pain in pregnancy with a focus on gluteal/hip muscles.

    Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage

    Module 1: Complex Conditions Unique to Pregnancy

    • Explore the more complex conditions unique to pregnancy
    • How to identify signs and symptoms
    • Implications of condition to mother and baby including self care
    • How to support a mother and family unit after a loss

    Module 2: Orthopaedic Assessments Unique for Pregnancy

    • Special testing for pregnancy
    • Assessment of hip and pelvis
    • Passive range of motion in the hip
    • Assessment of thoracic spine
    • Assessment of neck range of motion
    • Assessment for Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Module 3: Treatment of PGP – Hip and Lower Back Pain

    • How to treat and reduce the pain patterns associated with:
    • Pelvic Girdle Pain PGP, a complex and debilitating condition in pregnancy
    • Pubic Symphysis Pubis pain /diastasis (PSP or PSD)
    • How to support changes through the spine and imbalances associated with lower back pain including treatment of:
      • Sacroiliac joint pain (SIJ disfunction)
      • Treatment of the medial rotators – gluteal muscle releases
      • Treatment of deep hip rotator including piriformis releases and the “magic 4”
      • Iliopsoas release unique for pregnancy and lumbar lordosis release
    • Balancing the pelvis in preparation for birth – Sacrotuberous and Sacrospinous ligaments
    • Pregnancy ligamentous pain, how to recognise the ligament pain patterns and massage treatment

    Module 4: Treatment of Thoracic and Cervical Spine

    • Changes to the thoracic spine, shoulder and ribs
    • Complex shoulder treatment including:
      • Thoracic spine
      • Pectoral and subscapularis releases
      • Shoulder mobilisations to improve posture, function and movement
    • Gentle application of rib release and respiratory releases to ease shortness of breathe common in pregnancy
      • Treatment and implication of scoliosis in pregnancy
    • Massage applications to improve posture for mums still working and/or breast feeding. You will learn techniques to reduce client pain and discomfort.
    • Assessment of neck movement and gentle application of massage techniques to reduce pain and improve movement patterns:
      • MET releases for the neck
      • Gentle unwinding techniques

    Module 5: Treatment of Carpal Tunnel and Oedema in the Arms

    • How to assess for carpel tunnel and oedema of the arms.
    • Treatment protocols for assessment and management of carpel tunnel and oedema of the arms

    Module 6: Treatment of Leg Discomforts in Pregnancy

    •  How to ease the symptoms of:
      • Restless leg syndrome
      • Leg and calf cramping
      • Reduction of oedema in the legs

    Module 7: Abdominal Massage

    • How to apply abdominal massage to support diastasis recti and digestive system changes
    • How to create a unique mother-baby connection

    Module 8: How to develop a referral network – pregnancy resources

    • How to develop a referral network of specialists in perinatal care and women’s health
    • Pregnancy resources to “create women-centred care”

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