Pregnancy Massage Training

Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative journey for expectant mothers, but it also brings with it a unique set of physical and emotional changes. As massage therapists, understanding the intricacies of pregnancy and being equipped to provide safe and effective care is essential. Training in pregnancy massage not only expands your skill set but also allows you to play a crucial role in supporting mothers-to-be through this remarkable time. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of training in pregnancy massage and what aspiring therapists need to know before embarking on this fulfilling path.

Understanding the Benefits of training in Pregnancy Massage

Physical Relief: Pregnancy often brings discomforts such as back pain, swelling and muscle tension. These massage techniques are tailored to alleviate these symptoms, providing much-needed relief to expectant mothers.

Emotional Support: Pregnancy is a time of profound emotional changes. Massage therapy offers a safe and nurturing space for mothers-to-be to relax, reduce stress and connect with their changing bodies and growing babies.

Promoting Circulation and Relaxation: Massage can focus on improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can help reduce swelling and promote overall relaxation for the mother.

Preparation for Labour and Delivery: Learning massage techniques specifically designed for pregnancy can help prepare expectant mothers for labour and delivery by encouraging relaxation and reducing anxiety surrounding childbirth.

What to Know Before Training in Pregnancy Massage

Understanding Anatomy and Physiology: A thorough understanding of the anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy can help with practising safe and effective massage therapy. Familiarise yourself with the stages of pregnancy, common discomforts and contra-indications to avoid potential risks.

Communication and Consent: Effective communication with clients is key, especially during these massage sessions. Learn how to adapt your approach based on the client’s individual needs and preferences, and always obtain informed consent before proceeding with treatment.

Positioning and Support: Correct and comfortable positioning of the pregnant client is crucial to ensure comfort and safety during the massage. We will explore positioning options, such as side-lying, and use bolsters and pillows to provide adequate support.


Training in pregnancy massage offers a rewarding opportunity to support expectant mothers during one of the most transformative times in their lives. By understanding the benefits of pregnancy massage and gaining the necessary knowledge and skills, students can embark on a fulfilling journey of providing holistic care and nurturing support to mothers-to-be. As you embark on this path, it’s great to approach each client with empathy, compassion, and a commitment to promoting their well-being throughout their pregnancy journey.

Join us on the 1 day FHT-accredited Certificate in Pregnancy Massage workshop on Sunday 22 September 2024 at our Brighton venue. More information and how to book can be found here.

Do check out our YouTube channel. We have plenty of massage videos to support your practice and inspire you with new techniques and ideas!

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