Bodywork for the Childbearing Year®
Learn to approach the concerns of
the pregnant, laboring and postpartum woman with a comprehensive
program of advanced massage techniques and specific
pregnancy and postpartum support measures. Go far beyond general adaptations of massage
for the pregnant body. Learn to competently
and confidently address the specific structural, physiological
and psychological discomforts of pregnancy.
This four-day workshop presents the anatomy and physiology of
pregnancy, labor, and birth in relation to those techniques
that you can most effectively use to provide
relief and support to pregnant clients. Learn
to recognize contraindications, complications, and high-risk
pregnancies, emphasizing appropriate consultation with
other childbirth professionals. Relevant research documenting
the benefits of touch, particularly during the childbearing
year, is discussed to prepare you to present the benefits
of pregnancy massage to health care providers.
We balance lecture and discussion with detailed
demonstrations; and a supervised clinic with pregnant
women completes the extensive hands-on learning experience.
and Body use Skills
You will learn how the Alexander Technique
allows you to evaluate pregnant and postpartum clients
and to educate them in efficient pain-free body mechanics.
You also are taught to focus on your own body use to
maximize your ease and comfort while working.
Marketing Strategy and Ethics
Pregnancy massage therapy now flourishes in
many professional settings, including private massage
practices; hospitals; birthing centers; and physician,
midwife and chiropractic offices. The unique challenges
of reaching this target audience are met with presentations
of effective promotional strategies selected from the
experiences of over 3,000 graduates of this program.
The ethical issues of working with pregnant clients
will also be discussed.
You will become certified by Kate Jordan Seminars
upon successful completion of the written and practical
evaluations. Most people are certified during the four-day
seminar, but some need further time to complete the
You should be a practicing therapist who is
trained and experienced in Swedish massage and one or
more of the other modalities utilized (myofascial release,
strain-counterstrain, muscle energy, join mobilization
or reflexive techniques). Advance reading and anatomical
review is recommended.
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a nationally recognized expert in pregnancy massage.
She has been presenting programs on infant massage,
and pregnancy, labor and postpartum massage to schools,
hospitals, and professional associations since 1980.
Jordan has practiced as a massage therapist sine 1972 and taught at the International Professional School fo Bodywork in San Diego from 1979 to 1991. In her private practice at the La Jolla Clinic of Integrative Medicine, she specializes in working with individuals experienceing complex medical conditions and chronic and acute pain using movement re-education, guided imagery and neuromuscular therapy. She has produced and consulted on pregnancy audio and videotapes, and is currently completing the text, Bodywork for the Childbearing Year®. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (1996-2001). For more information on Kate Jordan seminars, visit www.KateJordanSeminars.com.
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for Class and What to Bring
Review the location and function of the following muscles:
diaphragm, abdominal group, erector spinae, quadratus
lumborum, psoas, muscles of the pelvic floor, quadraceps
group, adductors and abductors of the hip, tensor fascia
lata, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, peroneals, gastrocnemius,
pectoralis major and minor, trapezius, supraspinatus,
scalenes, suboccipitals, levator scapulae, rhomboids
- In particular, be able to identify and visualize
the size, shape, and thickness of each muscle, along
with its depth in the body, and its relationship to
In order to prepare better for the class, you may read
The New Well Pregnancy Book by Mike and Nancy Samuels
(Summit Books). This is an optional, not required
- Four bed pillows with pillow cases; OR Contoured
Body Cushion or body pillow, plus two additional bed
- Three sets of linens (two sheets each set) and pillow
- Two hand towels.
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- Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 1:15-2:30 p.m.
If you are from the Twin Cities Metro Area,
find a pregnant woman, in her second or third trimester,
who is experiencing a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy,
to bring to class on the practicum day.
If you know more than one pregnant woman who might be
interested in coming to the practicum, please have her
contact Jenny Bell at Northwestern, 952-887-1390 so she can be added to our list of volunteers.
do not have a friend or client who is pregnant, ask
your friends, or contact a midwife or childbirth education
class. If you are not from the Twin Cities Metro Area,
let us know and we will help provide a model for you.
Inform your pregnant model that she
will be working one on one with you. The pregnancy practicum
will be held on Saturday afternoon. Please provide your
model with a copy of the pregnancy practicum information
sheet and release before she arrives on Saturday, and
familiarize yourself with the release form that you
will be signing. We can send
the forms via email. If you have
questions, please contact Jenny Bell, Conference Coordinator,
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