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Pregnancy Massage Course

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Whether you intend to provide massage to your pregnant partner or you wish to start a pregnancy massage business or even add an extra service to your existing business, the Pregnancy Massage Course will give you both the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to provide safe, relaxing, and beneficial prenatal massage to expectant mothers.

Not only will students learn the techniques used to provide affective treatment but they will also gain an in-depth understanding of pregnancy massages, how they can be helpful and how to start a business using these new skills.

What You'll Learn from the Pregnancy Massage Course

This course guides you through 9 comprehensive modules:

  • Introduction
  1. The Basics of a Pregnancy Massage
  2. Pregnancy and Prenatal Massage
  3. Prenatal Massage: How Does It Work?
  4. Massage Techniques
  5. Prenatal Acupuncture
  6. Aromatherapy in Pregnancy
  7. How to Manage Your Pregnancy Massage Business?
  8. How to Market Your Services?
  9. Course Overview

Pregnancy massage (or prenatal massage, as it is also known) differs from other kinds of massage; it is important to know the differences and how it is unique. The start of the course outlines this, as well as informing students of the best time during pregnancy to start prenatal massage and how it can help in different ways through the three trimesters of pregnancy, including how it can help not just the mother, but also the baby.

From the Pregnancy Massage Course, students will gain an understanding of the anatomical and emotional changes the mother-to-be will undergo during her pregnancy, which will help in deciding which techniques are best for the individual. Also discussed, are the benefits of pregnancy massage in comparison to medication.

From this base of knowledge, the course moves into the practical aspect of massage. This includes information on the different types of massages that can be performed on a pregnant woman, how to do them, and the advantages of each technique. In addition, other complementary therapies are discussed, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, and how these can be used alongside massage for the benefit of the client and the additional revenue it will bring to the business.

Armed with theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to provide prenatal massages and additional therapies, the remainder of the Pregnancy Massage Course focusses on providing students with information on how to start a business. You will be given crucial expert advice on how to start and maintain your business, how to set up a therapy room, and points to keep in mind when choosing a clinic, whether you aim to start in your home, join another clinic, or find your own premises.

There is a myriad of ways to market your business, from traditional to modern means. This course gives an overview on a number of the ways that you can increase the exposure of your business and gain more clients. Also discussed are the ways that you can operate, other services and products you can provide, and other ways of gaining exposure that will give you an edge over the competition.

The final module of the Pregnancy Massage Course summarises what has been learned throughout the course. This gives students the opportunity to not only feel a sense of accomplishment for all they have learned but to also ensure they have retained the information and to highlight areas that they may need to go over again. Here students are also given eight steps to follow, to help them on their way to opening their own business in the industry.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Pregnancy Massage Course is primarily aimed at those who wish to open their own pregnancy massage therapy business, as it contains plenty of information on how to get started and maintain a business in this area. Likewise, those who already provide holistic therapies will learn a lot about the specifics of massage for pregnant women and could add this to their services/treatments.

The course will also be very beneficial to the partners of pregnant women, who wish to have a practical way to help their partner to relax and de-stress whilst they carry their child.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Pregnancy Massage Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: The Basics of a Pregnancy Massage

  • What is a pregnancy/prenatal massage?
    • The physical benefits of a prenatal massage
    • The psychological benefits of a prenatal massage
    • Is prenatal massage for all pregnant women?
  • The Difference Between Prenatal Massage and Other Massages
  • Ideal Time to Start Prenatal Massages
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 2: Pregnancy and Prenatal Massage

  • The significance of prenatal massage during pregnancy
  • Understanding the physiological changes during pregnancy
  • Understanding the emotional changes during pregnancy
  • Extra Care for Pregnant Women
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 3: Prenatal Massage: How Does It Work?

  • Relief for Body Muscles from Fatigue
  • Improved Blood Circulation
  • Improved Respiratory System
  • Helping with Sleep and Mood Swings
  • Massage Vs Medications for Prenatal Issues
    • Hormones and their affect
  • Case Studies: Supporting Pregnancy Massage with Results
    • Massage Envy
    • Julia O'Farrell (Licensed Massage Therapist)
    • Doctor Tiffany Field
  • Verdict
  • Sample Pregnancy Massage Client Intake Form
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 4: Massage Techniques

  • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Care and precautions
    • Tips for care
    • Safety tips
    • How to give a deep tissue massage?
    • After care
  • Swedish Massage
    • Physical benefits
    • Mental benefits
    • Techniques
    • Tapotement
    • Preparations
    • Precautions
    • Side effects and general acceptance
  • Shiatsu massage
    • Styles of shiatsu
    • Aspects of a shiatsu treatment
    • How does shiatsu help in pregnancy?
    • Shiatsu techniques
    • Positive side effects
    • Precautions
  • Purpose of Targeted Massage Techniques
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: Prenatal Acupuncture

  • What is Acupuncture?
    • Origin and History of Acupuncture
    • The Science of Acupuncture
    • Prenatal Acupuncture
    • Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy
    • Step 1 - Preparing the massage area
    • Step 2 - Positioning the patient
    • Step 3 - Mild Back Massage
    • Step 4 - Sanitising the treatment area
    • Step 5 - Muscle manipulation
    • Step 6 - Inserting the needles
    • Step 7 - Removing the needles
    • Precautions
  • Follow-ups
    • Duration of the sessions
    • Frequency of sessions
    • Building a relation with the patient
    • Informing the patient
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: Aromatherapy in Pregnancy

  • What is Aromatherapy?
  • How to Perform Aromatherapy in Pregnancy?
  • Follow-ups
  • Important Precautions
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: How to Manage Your Pregnancy Massage Business?

  • Work space
  • Employees
  • Website and social media
  • How to keep appointments
  • Organising Your Work Space
    • Ambience
    • Spa tools
    • Look and cleanliness
  • Managing Time
    • Prioritizing
    • Plan your day
    • Keep your focus
    • Remember customer requirements
    • Get Help
  • Managing Clients
    • Communication
    • Be honest
    • Always under promise
    • Position your expertise
    • Manage bookings
    • Offer trials
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 8: How to Market Your Services?

  • After Learning the Techniques: Practice Makes Perfect
    • Work early and late
    • Accept credit cards
    • Listen
    • Sell retail products
    • Instruct
    • Publish
  • Outlets for Marketing
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
  • Pamphlets
  • Newspaper ads
  • Billboards and banners
  • Reaching Out to Relevant Outlets
    • How to utilize social media?
    • How to utilize pamphlets and newspapers?
    • How to utilize billboards and banners
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 9: Course Overview

  • What We have learnt so far in this course?
  • Next Steps
    • Step One: Find a Location
    • Step Two: Set It Up
    • Step Three: Get The Equipment
    • Step Four: Get a Logo and Banner
    • Step Five: Get a Phone and Credit Card Machine
    • Step Six: Get a Billboard
    • Step Seven: Print Pamphlets
    • Step Eight: Prepare for Opening Day
  • Summary
  • Final Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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