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Postnatal Massage Course

For an overview of all that we offer for massage therapists, please visit the introductory page

This course teaches you how to work with the mother after birth, including after vaginal birth and Caesarean birth and create mother/baby treatments, with an emphasis on appropriate work for the mother.

Postnatal massage Course dates and entrance requirements

For 2017, we are developing on line courses and so there will not be a postnatal course in Bristol this year. THe next courses will be 2018.

Venue: Centre for Whole Health, South Bristol

This postnatal massage course is merged with the first two days of the Shiatsu practitioners module 3 course. I find the combination of massage and shiatsu is excellent in the postnatal period and having massage therapists and shiatsu practitioners working together supports the learning of both groups.  It is helpful if you have attended either the Massage and Pregnancy diploma or some of Shiatsu and Maternity care to get the most benefit from this course, but I consider applications from therapists who have studied Pregnancy Massage elsewhere. I would not advise attending this course without at least some Pregnancy massage training.

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Content of postnatal massage course

video-back-shoulderThis course focuses on how to use massage to support the mother in the postnatal period from birth for the first year. We will be considering the implications of the birth experience (for example working with scar tissue, after a caesarean section, to support postnatal abdominal pelvic floor recovery ) as well as looking at supporting breastfeeding (including prevention of mastitis ) and bonding with the baby. We also look at supporting the mother’s long-term health and in addition to massage, include some exercises for the mother with and without baby and postural awareness.

Postnatal massage course: Assessment

After the postnatal massage course you will work with 2 postnatal clients and write up the case histories. You will also write a short essay on massage in the postnatal period.

On completion of the postnatal massage course, you will gain a certificate to verify your competence in postnatal work.

Aims of postnatal massage course

1. To develop an in-depth knowledge of postnatal massage and exercise for the mother

  • To be able to demonstrate effective massage techniques for different postnatal mothers from birth to one year postnatal
  • To be able to demonstrate appropriate exercises for the different postnatal periods for the mother, with and without the baby (ie first few days, weeks 1-6, weeks 6 to month 6, month 6 – one year)

2. To provide an understanding of the relevant underpinning theory (anatomy and physiology, basic eastern approach of postnatal period for the mother, particularly in relation to body work

  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of western theory for mother and baby from birth to one year

3. To develop an holistic model of the postpartum period, including providing practical tools for self development and for supporting massage therapists in this field

  • To work with at least 2 postnatal clients after the course and write up
  • To present a review of knowledge so far, especially feedback from birth module
  • To experience some of the needs of postnatal clients through guided visualisations
  • To experience the effects of exercise
  • To show an understanding of the therapist’s role in relation to other health professionals

Postnatal massage course Entrance requirements

For this course, you need to already to have some experience of working with pregnant or labouring women.

If you have attended the Well Mother Massage and Pregnancy Diploma course you just need to complete this  2 day course to obtain your certificate.

If you have not attended the Massage and Pregnancy Diploma course, you need submit a summary of your training and work with pregnant or labouring women and attend one day of the Shiatsu and maternity care course, either before or after this course, in order to consolidate your knowledge of shiatsu and acupoints to gain the certificate.

Why do I want to take part in the postnatal massage course?

It is a period in women’s life when they tend to neglect themselves in favour of looking after their baby. It is important to remember that in order to support a baby, women need to look after themselves. Often women who may have received pregnancy massage may not find it so easy to continue but it is a vital time to continue to receive massage.  The postnatal period is just as vital as the pregnancy period and lays the foundations for the women’s health (physical and emotional) for the rest of her life. It is also a crucial time to support the family relationships.

It also links in well with working with babies and young children. This can be a useful other skill to have with your maternity massage qualifications.

How do I decide which is the best postnatal  massage course to do?

What content to look for

  • Anatomy and physiology: how much depth is this covered in. What support and resources are  offered to support you in your learning process.
  • Relevant coverage of eastern theory if doing a course which integrates some work with acupressure points
  • Overview of medical care offered in country and any issues arising from that: how to make links with midwifery and obstetric care: primary care giver awareness of issues
  • Pre and post course reading and research: how much expected?
  • case study work required?
  • Supervised practice working with postnatal women: what opportunities?
  • Opportunities for self reflection: how do you integrate the new skills into your practice?
  • Support for setting up maternity practice: what support are you given after the course to help you build your practice?

Course reputation

  • Is recognised by any relevant accrediting organisation?
  • Is it recognised in the community?
  • Feedback from other participants
  • How many participants working in maternity field?
  • What opportunities are there for consolidating your knowledge once you have done the course?

 Post-natal Massage course review

For more information, you can read this review of the course by Lizzie Ruffell (massage therapist)

by Lizzie Ruffell (massage therapist)

Before doing the post-natal massage course with Suzanne and Well Mother, I had only a basic understanding of the needs of the post-natal woman from a massage point of view as learned on the pregnancy course. The work that I had been doing with these women was very simple and I felt cautious about doing the massage especially in the very early post-natal period.

Doing the post-natal massage course has given me confidence and a whole new raft of skills, tools and understanding about the post-natal period. I am no longer giving just ‘relaxing’ treatments to these new Mums, but am now working in a much deeper way to help them with some of the common issues that crop up in these first weeks and months, including doing specific abdominal and breast work, work to help realign the spine and pelvis and recommending suitable exercises.

We also covered how to carry on working around the needs of the baby, something I had always found difficult. The feedback I have had from my post-natal clients has been fantastic and they have been very grateful for the help and changes they have experienced after receiving treatment.

I would highly recommend that any who works with or would like to work with post-natal women do this course – you and they, will have no regrets!