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Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy
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"Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy" is one of the most comprehensive books available for massage students and licensed massage therapists who treat pregnant, laboring, and postpartum clients. The author is a highly skilled perinatal massage instructor who is also a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and doula. Written in clear and direct language, this useful guide offers step by step instructions for hundreds of techniques useful during the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods, including general techniques and those specific to common complaints. While focused on general Swedish massage, the book also integrates myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, acupressure, and reflexology, as well as complementary bodywork methodologies such as the use of breath and visualizations, stretches, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy. In this title, contraindications and precautions are examined thoroughly, health intakes forms are discussed with sample forms pictured, and case studies help highlight concerns and considerations. Video clips are available online for viewing specific technique demonstrations. The text includes: Insert boxes including Self-Care Tips for the Mother, Massage Therapist Tips, Traditional Birth Practices, How the Partner can Help, and Dispelling Myths; review questions and learning objectives to help focus the reader's understanding of the material; video clips of techniques and concepts, indicated in the book with an icon directing the reader to the online companion Website; common complaints for each phase of the perinatal cycle; seven chapters on pregnancy, three on labor, and three on postpartum; online appendices with resources for the practitioner and a quick list of contraindications; and over 100 photographs and line drawings.
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Preface PART I: PREGNANCY Chapter 1: Massage During Pregnancy: A Unique Opportunity Chapter 2: Physiological and Emotional Changes During Pregnancy Chapter 3: Postural and Muscular Adaptations Related to Pregnancy Chapter 4: Precautions and Contraindications for Bodywork During Pregnancy Chapter 5: General Massage for Pregnancy Chapter 6: Common Complaints During Pregnancy Chapter 7: Bodywork in Preparation for Birth PART II: BIRTH Chapter 8: Supporting Women During Labor and Birth Chapter 9: Massage for the Stages of Labor Chapter 10: Common Complaints During Labor PART III: POSTPARTUM PERIOD Chapter 11: Reincorporation: The Postpartum Period Chapter 12: Bodywork for the Postpartum Client Chapter 13: Massage After Birth-Related Surgery ONLINE Appendix A: REFERENCE LIST OF CONTRAINDICATIONS Appendix B: RESOURCES FOR THE PRACTITIONER Glossary Index

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