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Pre & Perinatal Massage Therapy Specialization Workshop APR 2023 (in-person) is a Course

Pre & Perinatal Massage Therapy Specialization Workshop APR 2023 (in-person)

Apr 20, 2023 - Apr 23, 2023

$645 Enroll

Full course description

Course Date and Time

This workshop is in-person, at Bastyr Seattle Campus

14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028


Thursday, April 20, 2023, 9:00am-6:00pm PST
Friday, April 21, 2023, 9:00am-6:00pm PST
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 9:00am-6:00pm PST
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 8:30am-6:00pm PST


Early bird registration ends March 20, 2023, price increases to $745. 


Participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination and comply with mask requirements. If you have any questions regarding this training or attending in-person classes at Bastyr University, please call us at 425-602-3361.


Course Details

The Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy Workshop will empower massage therapists and other healthcare providers to become competent, confident specialists in all stages of childbearing. Successful graduates are prepared to meet the emotional, structural, and physiological challenges of pregnancy and labor and into the long postpartum period. Instruction features 80+ advanced, specific techniques, pregnancy A&P, safety guidelines, complications and high-risk pregnancies, integrative structural alignment for client and therapist, an abundance of relevant research, and proven promotional strategies. The course is also approved by various agencies for continuing education credit 32 hours of in-person, multisensory instruction.


This training is intended for Licensed Massage Therapists and others licensed to touch. Advanced students of massage therapy, nurses, midwives, and other healthcare providers - contact us for information on approval to attend.


Why Attend

·         Immersion in nurturing, motivated learning community

·         Personalized feedback to improve embodiment & effectiveness

·         New repertoire of immediately applicable skills

·         Distinction as a specialist for childbearing people

·         32 meaningful, inspiring hours, plus your CE credits

·         Improved client care & retention

·         Extended career longevity from body usage efficiency & a lucrative specialization

·         A prerequisite to the high-caliber certification many employers require

·         Skill expansion for all clients needing positioning alternatives


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The Curriculum

·         80 techniques to alleviate common perinatal discomforts

·         Promote physiologic and mother-centered care

·         Skills to increase awareness and readiness for labor

·         Medical complications & high risk pregnancy adaptations

·         Detailed maternity physiology, anatomy and functionality

·         Labor techniques to facilitate relaxation, pain reduction & progress

·         Postpartum restoration of abdomen, movement & emotions

·         Techniques for reducing childcare strain & supporting breastfeeding

·         Research, ethics & working with other providers

·         Positioning & techniques applicable to other special populations


Course Notes
Certificates of completion are issued only to students present for all sessions and who complete all required work before the end of the workshop.


Prerequisite:  500+ hours of massage therapy training (other perinatal professionals admitted with approval, contact us for information). Good anatomical knowledge and skill, and experience in Swedish massage and at least one of the following: deep tissue/myofascial release, structural balancing, trigger point/neuromuscular therapy, or passive movement.


This workshop is a prerequisite for certification, the certification process happens outside our center. After earning these 32 CE hours and you wish to become certified, you will need to verify your knowledge & skills by purchasing an assessment module. Test online & submit video for individualized evaluation.


Required Text

“Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Prenatal, Labor, and Postpartum Practice” by Osborne, Kolakowski, Lobenstine (3rd edition) 


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Approved by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), FL Board of Massage, and meets current AMTA, ABMP, DONA International requirements. 


Michele Kolakowski LMT, CD & CPD(DONA), CLC brings more than two decades of diverse experience working with childbearing women and new families to the classroom and considers it a privilege to teach Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy with her mentor and professional “mom”,
Carole Osborne.


Michele was program supervisor and lead BirthPlace massage therapist for Longmont United Hospital’s Health Center of Integrative Therapies. Michele is passionate and knowledgeable in maternity and infant massage. She lives in Longmont, Colorado with her family and loves high altitude gardening, hikes in the mountains, yoga, basketball (Go Tarheels!) and the joys of watching her boys become great young men.


Contact Us
(425) 602-3361
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