Pre and Post Natal Massage

Pre and Post Natal Massage


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Pre and Post Natal Massage

8 CEUs Massage Therapists only (NCBTMB Approved for all states but NY) – Live In-Person Class

Course Description:
Massage has been used for centuries to ease the tension and stress that pregnancy and childbirth puts on the mother’s body. The Touch Research Institute in Miami has conducted research to measure the benefits of massage during pregnancy and found that massage can improve labor outcomes. A relaxing massage will allow the body to reduce levels of cortisol (a major stress hormone) and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine. Massage will also increase circulation – venous, lymph and arterial – which will help with the edema associated with pregnancy. Additionally, postpartum massage will increase levels of oxytocin which is particularly useful for the nursing mother and to decrease the size of the uterus as well as address new postural dysfunctions associated with caring for an infant.

Course Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:
*Define the three trimesters of pregnancy
*Define the changes/development of mother/baby in each trimester
* Identify the changes in the mother post natal
* Identify indications and contraindications in each trimester
* Identify proper client positioning for pre and post natal
*Demonstrate techniques for Prenatal Massage
*Demonstrate techniques for Post Natal Massage
* Perform bodywork protocols for each trimester and post natal

*Definition of three trimesters of pregnancy including development and changes
to mother and baby
*Definition of post natal
* Indications and contraindications during pregnancy and post natal
*Bodywork protocols associated with each trimester and post natal
*Demonstration of positioning for each trimester and post natal
* Practice of positioning by students
*Demonstration of techniques for each pregnancy and post natal
* Putting it all together – observed 60-minute hands-on practice of treatment by students

Students should bring: Two pillows, two sheets (2 flat or 1 flat/1 fitted), and massage cream. Massage tables will be provided. 

Instructor: Joanna Mosto Paganotti, LMT

Joanna has been a massage therapist since 2007, which, continues down a path she began in 2001 when she became a Reiki practitioner and started her study of medicinal plants. She maintains a private practice, Balance Massage and Energy Healing, LLC and in 2009 began teaching massage and bodywork as well as energy work and meditation. From 2009 to 2017, she was a Massage and Bodywork Instructor at Institute for Therapeutic Massage and worked in 2013 as a Bodywork Instructor and Clinic Supervisor at Fortis Institute.

She has expanded her knowledge of mind-body work, studying CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute, Past Life Regression with Brian Weiss, Access Bars with Access Consciousness, Pre and Post Natal massage with Cheryl Chapman and most recently, the Spurgeon Method™ of Breast Massage Levels 1 and 2 with Sally Spurgeon. Joanna believes that bodywork and energy work should not be a luxury but rather a step on your path towards well-being.

She teaches the following continuing education classes at The Institute for Continuing Education: Manual Lymph Drainage, Medical Massage for Frozen Shoulder, Medical Massage for Sciatica and Pre and Post Natal Massage.


Thursday, July 11, 2024, 9:00am-5:30pm EST