Pre- and Perinatal Massage


10 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Online Materials with Online Test


Expectant mothers endure many changes as their bodies adjust to accommodate and sustain another life. Prenatal massage is of great benefit to clients who are expecting. Through this continuing education course you will build a comprehensive foundation to safely and effectively support the mother in pregnancy and childbirth. Clinical protocols and relevant procedures, supplemented by abundant references, photos and illustrations, the course text covers the techniques and benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork throughout pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.

In this course, you will learn:

  • the primary benefits of pre and perinatal massage therapy
  • how prenatal massage can reduce musculoskeletal strain and pain
  • key elements pertaining to correct positioning and pressure, methodological precautions and contraindications
  • pregnancy complications and high-risk pregnancies
  • essential massage recommendations for each trimester
  • preparations for labor
  • labor massage therapy concepts and attributes of active and transition phases of first stage labor and second stage labor
  • essentials for supporting a cesarean birth and self-care for labor assistants
  • postpartum guidelines and precautions for massage practitioners

General guidelines for effective, safe therapy are presented, with specific contraindications and precautions relevant to each trimester.

Course Reviews

Cory Chase, LMT

This informative course was very detailed, challenging, and well-rounded. It reinforced how valuable massage can be for a pregnant woman; before, during, or after she gives birth.

Debra J. Abitz, LMT

There was a lot to learn in the book that I did not know about and I feel more confident when giving a massage to someone who is pregnant. I am glad that I can always read up on the book at anytime I need it.

Andra Cagle, LMT

Great! The book was beyond my expectations and the test really tested my new knowledge. I learned some great new techniques and skills that I am ready to use in my practice. Thanks!

Dawn Casella, LMT

This course taught me SO much. As an expectant mother and massage therapist I took in an abundance of information not only to help my clients, but I've also learned so much for myself too. After taking this course, I have changed my mind about the epidural and am excited to take on the challenge of having an all natural birth in order to make sure I have a successful birth as well as ensure the mother to child bond. I am also going to start looking for a massage therapist or doula who will be able to assist me in my own birth. I am very excited to get a pregnant woman on my table!

Karen Grimsley

This course really surprised me, it went into great detail and had more information than I thought it would. It was very challenging. I am very pleased with this course. I am now looking for a hands on course to add to the subject and material.

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  • Text - 177 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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