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MotherMassage: Massage During Pregnancy Professional Certification

Instructor: Elaine Stillerman Credit: 24 hours

Web Site: MotherMassage

Description: During the "MotherMassage ®: Massage during Pregnancy" certification workshop, you learn the physiology of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery as well as the skills and appropriate bodywork techniques necessary to massage your clients competently from their first trimester through labor and postpartum recovery.


Hands-on work includes full body prenatal massage in 5 different ways (side-lying without turning the client; side-lying turning the client to her opposite side; side-lying turning client supine; in a seated position; and using the Body Support System), labor support massage and postpartum massage. Appropriate draping and practitioner body mechanics are discussed. Many hand-saving techniques are demonstrated. Special attention is paid to high risk pregnancies and treating the most common discomforts of pregnancy (i.e. lower back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.) The contraindications and precautions of prenatal massage are discussed in detail.


This three day (9-6 on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 - 3 on Sunday, unless otherwise noted.), 24-hour certification course is approved for twenty-four (24) contact hours by: ALACE, DONA, Florida Board of Massage, ICEA (21 contact hours), Lamaze International and NCBTMB, Category A provider. It is open to all massage professionals, advanced massage therapy students, childbirth educators, midwives, labor support coaches and doulas. All non-massage professionals must have basic massage skills as a prerequisite to this course.

A student handbook is distributed and a certification of attendance is provided at the satisfactory completion of the course. Professional certification is awarded after passing a take home exam with a score of at least 80% and validated proof that you have massaged at least two different pregnant clients (or one pregnant and one during puerperium).

The cost of the class is $425. A late fee of $475 will be charged for registration within one week of the class. All students must PAY IN FULL at the time of registration. The required text is Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork (by Elaine Stillerman, Mosby, 2008). Purchase on line at a 20% discount at and read before the class.

Participants are also required to bring two large towels, 2 hand towels, 2 large pillows, 1 or 2 small pillows, 2 sheets, and unscented lubrication for work each day. If you are able to provide a pregnant model for the second day of class, please advise the host school.

The instructor and developer of the course is Elaine Stillerman, LMT. Licensed in New York since 1978, Stillerman began her pioneering work witih pregnant women in 1980. She has been teaching the professoinal certification course "MotherMassage®: Massage During Pregnancy" at prestigious massage schools, spas and resorts across the country since 1990. She has authored several books, including MotherMassage, The Encyclopedia of Bodywork (Facts On File, 1996), Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork (Mosby, 2008), and Modalities for Massage and Bodywork (Mosby), as well as numerous magazine articles. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines and she has appeared on several radio and television programs, including Live! With Regis and Kelly on many occasions.

Free Raffle! At each class with minimum attendance there is a free raffle of a 4-piece body support system compliments of the generosity of Tom Owens of Body Support Systems ( Samples of Mamamio products ( are distributed at each class.

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APMA Approved Courses

The following courses have been approved by the APMA. This is not a complete list of qualified pregnancy massage courses. If you have taken a course that meets our criteria, but is not listed here, please let us know about it so that we can review it and add it to this list.

  • Carole Osborne, Pre- & Perinatal Massage Therapy
  • Kate Jordan, Bodywork for the Childbearing Year
  • Ellaine Stillerman, Mother Massage
  • Judith Koch, Prenatal Massage (Step 1: Fundamentals and Step 2: Techniques)
  • Kelly Lott, Pregnancy Certification Course
  • Claire Marie Miller, Nuturing the Mother
  • Leslie Stager, Touch for Birth
  • Sheri Gregg, Perinatal and Infant Massage Techniques
  • Jenny Ray, Pre- and Post-Natal Stones
  • Massage Envy Pregnancy Massage Training