Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy

Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy

A Comprehensive Guide to Prenatal, Labor and Postpartum Practice

Carole Osborne, Michele Kolakowski, David M. Lobenstine


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This is the third edition of a highly successful guide to using massage therapy through all stages of the birth process, from pregnancy, through labor and birth, and into the long postpartum period. It is primarily for massage therapists but is also intended for physical therapists, other manual therapists and bodyworkers, nurses and midwives, physicians and doulas – any professional who wants to integrate more therapeutic touch in their work.

The text combines what anyone who works with pregnant people needs: an exhaustive distillation of current scientific knowledge, alongside hands-on recommendations, specific techniques and business success from almost a century of the authors' combined experience.

The reader will gain a detailed understanding of what is happening to the body during pregnancy and beyond, how massage techniques can impact those changes, and very concrete, applicable strategies for how to work with maternity clients to make them feel better.

Amidst this abundance of detail about what to do, the authors also explore the flipside – what therapists need to modify and avoid to ensure that their work with pregnant and postpartum clients is safe; how to recognize high-risk factors or other complications; how best to adjust treatment; and how to work with medical healthcare providers throughout the process.

This is the ebook edition, you will be able to access this ebook online via your browser or download it to the accompanying Singing Dragon Library app.


Carole Osborne:
Carole Osborne is an integrative bodywork practitioner, author, course developer/instructor and mentor based in San Diego, California. Since beginning her career in 1974, she has worked in private practice and in osteopathic, psychological, and women's medical settings. In the early 1980s, she began exploring how informed therapeutic bodywork could safely support childbearing challenges and potentials. Her work, in collaboration with colleagues, pioneered the reintroduction of therapeutic massage and bodywork to American maternity healthcare.

Michele Kolakowski, LMT, CD & CPD(DONA), CLC, has decades of diverse experience serving women and babies since 1992. This passion began after watching a video of an Indian mother on the other side of the world lovingly massaging her baby outside her simple lean-to home. Michele became fascinated with the baby's experience of touch and the transformative bonds between mothers and their wee ones. She believes how women and their infants experience pregnancy, birth, the "fourth trimester" and beyond, matters for all of us. She is an authorized instructor of Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy workshops and has taught maternity massage at massage schools, spas, destination resorts, hospitals, and conferences nationwide.

David M. Lobenstine, BA, LMT, BCTMB, has been massaging, teaching, writing and editing for over fifteen years. He is a licensed massage therapist, and a graduate of Vassar College and the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences. He has massaged across the gamut – from the US Open Tennis Tournament to a hospice, from a wellness center to too many spas to count – and now feels very fortunate to run his own private practice in New York City, Full Breath Massage. His work is a blend of Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial; each session is built around facilitating the client's full, easy breath, and facilitating the client's own somatic awareness.