Pregnancy and childbirth brings together, for the first time, western and eastern approaches providing a sound amalgamation of theoretical and practical information for bodywork practitioners world-wide.
It describes in detail the application of massage and shiatsu from early pregnancy, including work during labour and for the first year postnatally for the mother.
This is a useful source of information for massage therapists, shiatsu practitioners, osteopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors, reflexologists, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, yoga and Pilates instructors.
Section 1: Theory - western and eastern approaches
1 Western approach to pregnancy
2 Western appraoch to labour
3 Western approach to postpartum
4 Introduction to the eastern approach
5 Eastern approach to pregnancy
6 Eastern approach to labour
7 Eastern approach to the postpartum
Section 2: Practical bodywork
8 Introduction to bodywork
9 Practical bodywork in pregnancy
10 Practical bodywork in labour
11 Practical bodywork in the postpartum
12 Aftercare and self-care
13 The medical approach to labour
14 Working with higher-risk maternity clients
15 Professional issues
Appendix 1: Useful contacts and resources