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Maternity massage

Welcome to Well Mother for massage therapists wishing to specialise in pregnancy, birth and postnatal massage.

This is our general page: click on following links if you want more information on pregnancy massage, birth preparation/labour massage and postnatal massage

Although we include some shiatsu-based skills within the massage, no prior knowledge of shiatsu is required for any of our courses for massage therapists. If you would like to learn more about shiatsu to integrate it into your work you may want to do our Shiatsu and maternity care course

  • We support you to have the skills to be able to work effectively with pregnant/ birthing clients and into the postnatal period.
  • You will find that the skills and understanding you gain are relevant for your work with all clients, as the maternity period affects the long term health of all family members.
  • Once you have trained,  if you choose to specialise in maternity work, we support you in building and maintaining an effective maternity practice.

The course book  “Pregnancy and Childbirth: a holistic guide to massage and bodywork”  is a book Suzanne Yates wrote for massage therapists and shiatsu practitioners: so you are not expected to understand all of the eastern theory chapters, although you may find this approach interesting.

Our courses will not only help you to develop your work with maternity clients but you will also find that the Well Mother approach to massage enhances your work with all  your clients. Many people also find the courses are a powerful healing process for themselves.  The time we all spend in our mother’s womb and our experience of birth and our early childhood forms the base of experience for the rest of our lives. Understanding the impact of this time is fundamental to understanding how we are in the present.

I would highly recommend any Well Mother course

Maternity massage:Testimonial

I would highly recommend any Well Mother course and I encourage other massage practitioners that I meet to consider training with Suzanne, she’s an inspiration for many women, working hard to integrate bodywork into general maternity care. Not only does she run courses for massage practitioners and shiatsu practitioners she also teaches midwives and writes amazing books too! Sue Boughton

Maternity massage Courses

Pregnancy Massage (4 day Diploma course and one day Foundation course), Labour Massage, Postnatal Massage, Infant Massage, Shiatsu for pregnancy and birth Our courses enable you to develop your massage skills and relevant theory so that you can feel confident working with all aspects of maternity care and are able to communicate with other health professionals working in the field. We can tailor lectures and workshops for small groups or at conferences, Once you have completed your training, we offer Continuing Education events.  These courses offer  a wonderful opportunity to link with other Well Mother practitioners such as midwives, doulas and shiatsu practitioners

Maternity massage Support

The Well Mother Register of Maternity Professionals, Massage therapists and Shiatsu Practitioners specialising in maternity work; Once you have completed the your Pregnancy Massage Diploma you can go onto the Well Mother register. Well Mother Community: Well Mother Facebook and Yahoo discussion groups: to communicate with other therapists, teachers and maternity professionals  who have studied with Well Mother.

Maternity massage Resources

The main course text book for the massage courses is: “Pregnancy and Childbirth: an holistic approach to massage and bodywork”   This is written by the director of Well Mother, Suzanne Yates, one of the main specialists in the maternity bodywork field internationally. Suzanne wrote this book because she didn’t feel that there was an appropriate text she could recommend to her students. The material in this book is also aimed at shiatsu practitioners, and other therapists, and covers material taught in all Suzanne’s courses: so don’t feel overwhelmed! Articles: Suzanne has also contributed to Chapter on Massage during pregnancy in Foundations of Massage Elsevier Australia Casenelia and Stelfox D  pp 262-269., If you want to learn more about shiatsu then you will want to read “Shiatsu for midwives” (link to book) also written by Suzanne Yates Course participants projects: these are a great way to see how other therapists are using the work and to get ideas for yourself. DVDs on massage and shiatsu: we are in the process of making these

Why a Well Mother maternity massage (pregnancy, birth or postnatal) training?

What is unique about a Well Mother maternity (pregnancy, birth and postnatal)  course?

We believe our programme is one of the most in depth in the world.

What we feel is unique about our courses is the emphasis on tailoring treatments to the needs of each client and our unique blend of including some shiatsu based techniques within the massage. As each client and each therapist is unique, we tend to discourage more routine based treatments. Our courses are about enabling you to develop your own style and to feel comfortable working with a range of clients, ranging from those who are enjoying their pregnancies and feel connected to their bodies and their growing baby, to those who are experiencing more difficult issues such as extended nausea and vomiting, pre-eclampsia and placental issues. We find the integration of a more traditional approach to the body, based largely on eastern perspectives, enhances your understanding of how to work with clients.

Varied content of Well Mother maternity massage courses

We bring together the most relevant massage techniques and work with a range of different  pregnancy and birth positioning options including floor, table, chair and ball.  We include skills and principles drawn from Chinese/Japanese medicine and shiatsu/acupressure which are suitable for massage therapists.  A key feature is that we include techniques which include working with the baby and how to work the abdomen.

Excellent support resources during your maternity studies

We not only offer excellent study resources but we offer pre course support to prepare you to get the most out of the courses which are fairly intensive, but very stimulating.  During the course there is plenty of hands on experience including a clinic session with pregnant women (or postnatal or babies depending on the course).  When you have finished the training we support you while you consolidate your work with case studies. We feel this is important to gain experience of working with a range of women. We support you with Skype tutorials during the case study part of the course.

Support to build and maintain your maternity massage practice

Once you have completed the course, we continue to support you with the Well Mother community, including Facebook and Yahoo groups, newsletters, CPD events and tutorials. You can always discuss issues related to clients with us, through direct email or Skype contact with Suzanne Yates or other Well Mother teachers. We also facilitate one to one supervision sessions and study  groups in your local area.

Well Mother Maternity Expertise: pioneering maternity massage and shiatsu since 1990

We have been building our expertise since 1990, at a time when most therapists were scared of touching a pregnant woman and there were no pregnancy massage courses anywhere in the world!  That fear still remains for many and there are still many myths and misconceptions about working in pregnancy.

Suzanne Yates is considered a pioneer in the maternity bodywork field

Suzanne Yates is considered a pioneer in the maternity bodywork field and the majority of courses are taught by her or include some input from her. She is supported by a team of teachers who are also passionate about maternity work and support the Well Mother ethos. Our work is valued internationally and we work alongside midwives and other health professionals so that we can constantly enrich and develop our work. Even if you decide not to specialise in maternity work, we believe understanding the effects of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period on the mother, baby and family can enrich your work with all your clients at all stages of their life.