WELL MOTHER Massage & Pregnancy APNT Diploma Course with Suzanne Yates. Web: http://www.wellmother.org/
FINAL BOOKING DEADLINE : Wednesday / March 7
Course Organiser : Ruth Toal, IMTA Regional Officer for Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo    
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 Free Pregnancy Massage for Pregnant Women in the Community FREE PREGNANCY MASSAGE
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 Course Syllabus for Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course COURSE SYLLABUS
 Course Features of the APNT Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course COURSE FEATURES
 For Massage Therapists: What To Bring to the Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course MASSAGE THERAPIST: WHAT TO BRING
 Pre-Course Reading and Study PRE-COURSE READING & STUDY
 Course Bibliography for the Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course COURSE BIBLIOGRAPHY
 Final Assessment after the APNT Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course FINAL ASSESSMENT
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Main Tutor : Suzanne Yates,  Body Worker and Birth Educator.  Credentials : BA (Hons), DipHSEC,  MRSS(T),  APNT,  PGCE.COURSE SYLLABUS - What Will I Learn?


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1:  An In-Depth Knowledge of Techniques and Positions for Massage in Pregnancy, Birth, and Postnatally :

COURSE MANUALS:  Part 1: THEORY.   Part 2: PRACTICAL.

  • Different positions and techniques for different stages of pregnancy, including massaging on a padded floor, chair, and ball.
  • Awareness of back and abdominal care for mother, including positions and techniques to avoid.
  • Energy work and shiatsu techniques and specific acupressure points.
  • How to teach the mother and partner simple massage techniques to encourage bonding with the baby.
  • Techniques for labour, including involvement of partner, and ability to teach massage to the partner.
  • Massage for the postnatal period.


2:  An Understanding of the Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy, particularly in relation to Massage and Exercise :

COURSE MANUALS:  Part 1: THEORY.   Part 2: PRACTICAL.

  • Physiological and pathological conditions in pregnancy.
  • Which conditions are amenable to treatment with massage and which need to be referred on and to whom, including both orthodox (i.e., NHS) health professionals and complementary practitioners.
  • Effects of hormonal changes on ligaments and joints.
  • The role of abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, perineum, spine and implications for massage and exercise.
  • Changes in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • The development of the foetus, including different fetal presentations, how these occur, how they can be changed, and how this affects labour.
  • Changes in the postnatal period.


3:  A Holistic Model of Pregnancy and Birth and the Postpartum Period :

COURSE MANUALS:  Part 1: THEORY.   Part 2: PRACTICAL.

  • Viewing pregnancy as a healthy expression of the journey into motherhood and understanding how massage supports this.
  • Introduction to some Eastern models of pregnancy.
  • Practical ideas and suggestions to support the work of the massage session (i.e., simple exercises, breathing, massage for mother and partner to do for themselves).
  • Awareness of the baby during the massage.
  • Encouraging the development of the mother and father's relationship with the baby and their confidence in the pregnant body's wisdom.
  • Role of diet and other complementary therapies.
  • Awareness of relationship to medical model of care and the integrated health approach.


4:  Practical Tools for Self-Development and for Supporting Massage Therapists Work in this Field :

COURSE MANUALS:  Part 1: THEORY.   Part 2: PRACTICAL.

  • Touch sensitivity skills.
  • Work on preparation for massage, breathing and stretching.
  • Developing your own style.
  • Feeling confident about working during pregnancy, confronting anxieties around massaging pregnant women, and looking at our own attitudes toward pregnancy.