• Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle

  • Class Open To:

    Licensed massage therapists and certain other licensed healthcare professionals.

  • Details:


    This hands-on course emphasizes the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, the use of bodywork as an appropriate adjunct to prenatal care, and using massage as a means of developing deeper kinesthetic awareness in preparation for labor and birth, and postpartum recovery. Films are shown each day and numerous handouts are provided.

    The first day begins with a review of body systems through the lens of pregnancy physiology and structural change. Contraindications, benefits and goals of bodywork during pregnancy are discussed in detail. Participants will learn and practice setting up the massage table and draping the client appropriately with optimal bolstering for each trimester of pregnancy.

    An overview of emotional milestones during the three trimesters of pregnancy and corresponding obstetrical care will be discussed in depth so participants will have a deeper understanding of the contemporary experience of pregnancy. Ethics and the role of the massage therapist will be discussed in this context.

    The second day begins with distinguishing between common discomforts and concerns which require consultation with your client’s midwife or physician. The focus of the morning is on structural assessment of the client, history taking, and a detailed demonstration. Emphasis is given to working with areas of tension and myofascial restriction commonly associated with pregnancy. Each student will have the opportunity to practice with another student, and will have two full hours of practice time with a pregnant volunteer.

    The third day is essential to therapists working with pregnant women. It emphasizes the legacy of changes inherent in pregnancy, birth, cesarean surgery, and providing newborn care. Participants will learn about the physiological and psychological changes following both natural and surgical birth. Addressing these changes with active listening skills and bodywork is our focus. Swedish, deep tissue, and kinetic myofascial mobilization techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, postural assessment and teaching sound postpartum body mechanics are covered. Cesarean scar care and adhesion reduction is shown and practiced. Emotional and social adjustment issues are addressed, as participants may be in contact with the mother soon after birth. Giving a massage with a baby at the breast and/or on the table is demonstrated.

    At the close of the day, marketing and networking in this specialty will be discussed in depth. Participants who complete the program will receive certification.

    This course includes an exam (required for certification and CEUs).

  • Contact Hours:

    21 NY State, 21 FL State, 21 NCBTMB

  • Required Materials:

    2 sheets, 2 towels, 4 pillows, 4 pillowcases, pen and paper, comfortable clothing. No cream, no Biotone; edible oils only (olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc.)

  • $600.00
  • Textbooks:

    Suggested Reading: Pre- and Perinatal Massage by Carole Osborne-Sheets, available at www.curties-overzet.com for $18.95. To be read any time (prior to, or to reference in class).

  • Dates:

    This class is offered at various dates and times, see class details to make your selection.

  • Instructor Profile:

  • Susanrachel Condon, LMT, CCCE, LM
  • Susanrachel Condon is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor and Licensed Midwife, and the founder of Niara Healing Arts.

    Susanrachel graduated from the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn Midwifery Program in 1998. She was certified to teach childbirth preparation, newborn care and breastfeeding in 1996 by the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEAMNY). She served two terms as President of the CEAMNY Board of Directors, and she has studied birth counseling with Gayle Peterson and counseling for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse with Penny Simkin. Susanrachel and her husband Richard, a massage therapist and certified Advanced Rolfer, have produced an advanced techniques video on the subject in addition to a labor massage DVD for couples and childbirth professionals. They have also lectured widely as private consultants at conferences, hospitals, birth centers, schools and spas.

    Susanrachel has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 1991. She served full time on the faculty of Swedish Institute for more than ten years and currently participates extensively in their continuing education program. Since 1994, she has taught Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle, a nationally accredited certification course for massage and bodywork professionals. Susanrachel also holds a BFA in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, and an MA in Liberal Studies from Brooklyn College.

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