Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy.
Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy
Publication Date: 2008
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780781767538


Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy is one of the most comprehensive books available for massage students and licensed massage therapists who treat pregnant, laboring, and postpartum clients. The author is a highly skilled perinatal massage instructor who is also a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and doula. Written in clear and direct language, this useful guide offers step by step instructions for hundreds of techniques useful during the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods, including general techniques and those specific to common complaints. While focused on general Swedish massage, the book also integrates myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, acupressure, and reflexology, as well as complementary bodywork methodologies such as the use of breath and visualizations, stretches, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy. Contraindications and precautions are examined thoroughly, health intakes forms are discussed with sample forms pictured, and case studies help highlight concerns and considerations. Video clips are available online for viewing specific technique demonstrations.

The text includes:

  • Insert boxes including Self-Care Tips for the Mother, Massage Therapist Tips, Traditional Birth Practices, How the Partner can Help, and Dispelling Myths.
  • Review questions and learning objectives to help focus the reader's understanding of the material.
  • Video clips of techniques and concepts, indicated in the book with an icon directing the reader to the online companion Website.
  • Common complaints for each phase of the perinatal cycle.
  • Seven chapters on pregnancy, three on labor, and three on postpartum.
  • Online appendices with resources for the practitioner and a quick list of contraindications.
  • Over 100 photographs and line drawings

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--Self-Care Tips for the Mother are practices a client can learn to relieve some of her discomforts. These include stretches and general health activities.
--Massage Therapist Tips are highlighted bits of wisdom that can help the massage therapist address or understand certain conditions.
--Traditional Birth Practices highlights methods of touching used by people of various cultures around the world when caring for pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women.
--How the Partner Can Help provides ideas that the massage therapist can teach to partners or birth supporters to give them confidence in offering nurturing touch during pregnancy or labor.
--Dispelling Myths is a feature that dispels common erroneous beliefs about bodywork and pregnancy.
--Complementary Modalities provides information about bodywork modalities which massage therapists may wish to investigate further, when treatments besides massage are especially effective for a particular condition.
--Case Studies help address some concerns a practitioner may have, by sharing stories of therapists' encounters with pregnant, laboring, or postpartum clients.
--Contraindications and Precautions are identified by a special icon throughout the text.
--Seven chapters focus on pregnancy, three on labor, and three on postpartum.
--Common complaints for each phase of the perinatal cycle are presented alphabetically for the practitioner's ease of use (Chapters 6 and 10).
--Review questions and learning objectives help focus the reader's understanding of the material.
--Key terms are boldfaced in the narrative and are defined in a glossary at the end of the book.
--Over 100 photographs and line drawings provide useful visuals of how to implement particular bodywork techniques, and offer inspiration about pregnancy and birth.
--Video clips of techniques and concepts are indicated in the book with an icon directing the reader to the companion Website.

Edition: NULL
ISBN/ISSN: 9780781767538
Product Format: Softbound
Trim Size: 8.375 x 10.875
Pages: 288
Pub Date: 2008
Weight: 1.45



  • Chapter 1: Massage During Pregnancy: A UniqueOpportunity
  • Chapter 2: Physiological and Emotional ChangesDuring Pregnancy
  • Chapter 3: Postural and Muscular AdaptationsRelated to Pregnancy
  • Chapter 4: Precautions and Contraindications for BodyworkDuring Pregnancy
  • Chapter 5: General Massage for Pregnancy
  • Chapter 6: Common Complaints During Pregnancy
  • Chapter 7: Bodywork in Preparation for Birth

  • Chapter 8: Supporting Women During Labor and Birth
  • Chapter 9: Massage for the Stages of Labor
  • Chapter 10: Common Complaints During Labor

  • Chapter 11: Reincorporation: The Postpartum Period
  • Chapter 12: Bodywork for the Postpartum Client
  • Chapter 13: Massage After Birth-Related Surgery




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