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Pregnancy Massage Australia® (PMA)
provide a great range of courses that
give your spa, salon or clinic the
opportunity to develop the skills of
your therapists so you can offer
accredited, therapeutic massage to
your pregnant clients.
We offer private, tailored courses so you
can expand your massage offerings via
our Pregnancy Massage Training for
Spa Therapists. Upon completion of the
training we will endorse your pregnancy
services so your staff can safely treat
your pregnant clients with confidence.
PMA are also involved in a new study
which will investigate the safety of
massage during pregnancy and the
If you would like more details:
for spa therapists
Expand your massage offerings with
Baby, it could mean
a boom for business
Pregnancy and post-
partum massage offers
mum and bub myriad
benefits, but myths
abound about its safety.
A groundbreaking study
aims to change that.
any pregnant women are so
concerned about harming their
baby that they won’t go near a
spa or salon, concerned about the safety
of treatments such as facials, highlights,
and even massage. This is despite the fact
massage – in the right hands - offers myriad
benefits for both mum and bub.
Conversely, some businesses decline to
perform massage on pregnant women for
similar reasons: there is genuine concern
about causing harm, but also fear of how it
could backlash on the business.
Currently there is no research-related
evidence on the safety of massage during
pregnancy and the post-natal period. There
is, however, anecdotal and clinical evidence
that massage is safe during pregnancy when
administered by a trained professional.
Up to 36.8 percent of Australian women
visit a complementary medicine practitioner
during pregnancy, with close to half of
those seeking massage (49.5 percent). This
presents a ver y big opportunity for salons,
spas and clinics to offer the specialist ser vice.
To this end, Pregnancy Massage Australia
(PMA), Australia’s leading training provider
in the field of pregnancy, labour and post-
natal massage, has teamed up with the
University of Western Sydney to collate the
first-ever statistics on the safety and efficacy
of massage during this crucial time.
Case study participants will be asked to
allow the information collected as a part
of their pregnancy or postpartum massage
consultation with selected clinics to be used
in the research project.
This information includes details
about the individual’s pregnancy, previous
pregnancies, health and outcome of
the massage. The latter will be gleaned from
a questionnaire post-massage emailed by
the researcher and cover any benefits (eg.
improved movement, less pain, less stress)
as well as side-effects (eg. post-massage
soreness, skin irritations, increase in pain,
tiredness) and any occurrence of pregnancy-
related incidences (eg. bleeding).
Having official data to support the
safety, efficacy and benefits of pregnancy
and post-partum massage will give salons,
spas and clinics confidence to add the
valuable service to their menu by having
their therapists trained in the specialty – a
win-win for both parties, according to
Catherine McInerney, director of PMA.
PMA offers the comprehensive
NurtureLife Practitioner Training Program,
to teach would-be practitioners a unique,
holistic perinatal massage therapy method.
“Expectant mums need to know that the
many discomforts of pregnancy and pain
during labour can be relieved,” Catherine
says. “Certified NurtureLife practitioners
have a comprehensive k nowledge of the
changes through each trimester and thus
how to meet the varying needs. This in
turns fills mums with confidence.
"NurtureLife practitioners learn how to
ease lower back, hip and sciatic pain, pelvic
girdle pain and pubic pain, ligamentous
pain, leg cramping, restless legs and
oedema, rib discomfort, shoulder and neck
pain and carpal tunnel.
“Post-partum massage offers mums
complete recover y from labour, re -energising
the body, and easing breastfeeding
discomforts. We often hear mums say, `I wish
I’d found your services earlier!’.”
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