Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage

Gain the skills to work with your client’s changing body. 
Feel confident giving a safe, therapeutic and firm massage through ALL stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
Be part of the magic and mystery of pregnancy – honoring and supporting the mother-baby bond.

Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage
24CE | 3 Day

Nurturing the Mother® has certified thousands of massage therapists in pregnancy and postpartum massage since 1990. This method utilizes a comfortable, secure side-lying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation.  Side-lying is the safest for mother and baby, and educates the client about the ideal sleeping position.

This Nurturing the Mother® protocol uses a combination of the following methods:​

  • Calming Swedish massage strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation
  • Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back and hips, and to promote greater strength, flexibility and balance
  • Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hip pain
  • Abdominal massage for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increase circulation to the placenta and baby and to increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from the massage.
  • Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy induced edema
  • Cranial-sacral and polarity therapy for physical/psychological/emotional/spiritual centering
  • Acupressure and reflexology techniques shown to be effective in treating many common pregnancy related complaints

Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy Massage Certification
16CE | 2 Day

This is a full certification, compacted into a two-day course in pregnancy and postpartum massage. This course teaches complete protocols for both pregnancy and postpartum sessions.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Anatomy and physiology for pregnancy and birth
  • Pregnancy massage sequence
  • Cautions and contraindications for pregnancy massage
  • Guidelines for pregnancy massage for each trimester
  • Massage cautions and variations for high-risk pregnancies
  • Labor massage and labor support techniques (3 Day Class only)
  • Newborn and infant massage demonstration (3 Day Class only)
  • Simple massage sequence for partner (3 Day Class only)
  • Postpartum massage, with the principle of “mother roasting” – the application of heat, along with specific bodywork techniques for the recovery and realignment of the mother.
  • Marketing your new skills to the public

– 2019 Pregnancy Class Schedule –


Altura College – Pullman, WA


June 22-23, 2019
9am-6pm daily
Class size: 4-14
Tables provided by school

The Lotus Tree Studio
Boise, ID

August 3-4, 2019
9am-6pm daily
Class size: 4-16
Students must provide tables

American Institute of Clinical Massage – Post Falls, ID

September 21-22, 2019
9am-6pm daily
Class size: 4-16
Tables provided by school