RamblemuseSM Annotated Bibliography for Massage Practitioners


Pregnancy & Infant Massage

Calais-Germain, Blandine: 2003. The Female Pelvis Anatomy & Exercises., illustrated ed., Eastland Press, ISBN: 0939616386, 159 pages, $24.95 USD.
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The book begins with a description of the functional anatomy of the pelvis, and how it responds to pregnancy and childbirth. This is followed by a series of specific exercises, initially for self-discovery, and then to increase the flexibility, strength, and coordination of the pelvic functions
Jelveus, Lena: 2004. Swedish Child Massage: A Family Guide to Nurturing Touch., 1st ed., Swedish Health Institute, ISBN: 0971812403, 144 pages, $24.95 USD.
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"Swedish Child Massage" is a handbook on touch and massage directed to parents and caregivers. The first section of the book covers the importance of touch in child development. Following is an illustrated section on how to do infant massage. The book continues to examine the tactile need as the child grows, and there are instructions on hands-on techniques for each developing stage. Child Massage and Buddy Massage is presented and illustrated. The book ends with a chapter on physiological effects of massage and touch based on research and medical sources.
Mcclure, Vimala Schneider: 2000. Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents., revised ed., Bantam, ISBN: 0553380567, 272 pages, $17.00 USD.
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Discover the gentle art of "Infant Massage" In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of "Infant Massage", and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life. She shows you why a daily massage can be one of the greatest gifts you give your child and yourself.
Osborne-Sheets, Carole: 1998. Pre and Perinatal Massage Therapy: A Comprehensive Practioners' Guide to Pregnancy, Labor, Postpartum., 1st ed., Body Therapy Associates, ISBN: 0966558502, 177 pages, $24.95 USD.
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If you are like most massage therapists, you prop a pregnant woman with multitudes of pillows then modify your general massage routine for the unusual position — not fathoming the extensive physiological, structural, and emotional adaptations of pregnancy — without the assurance of well researched, sound safety guidelines...and with the highest intentions to enhance the new mother's childbearing experience. Now, spirit and practice can coalesce with the guidance of this textbook. Thorough clinical protocols and relevant procedures, supplemented by abundant references, photos and illustrations, bring over 22 years of maternity massage therapy expertise to your hands. This book will give you the comprehensive foundation you need to safely and effectively support the birth of a mother and her baby.
Perez, Paulina: 2006. The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook., updated & revised 2nd ed., Cutting Edge Press, ISBN: 0964115980, 192 pages, $15.95 USD.
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The heart of this book centers around the supportive care given to the laboring mother and details the labor support techniques useful when caring for the laboring woman. The topics include let's talk about pain, trusting relationships, the value of education, communications skills and tools, relaxation, affirmation, visualization, touch and massage, aromatherapy, music therapy, visualization,breathing techniques, focusing, rituals, therapeutic use of water, reflexology, acupressure, reflexology, maternal positioning and other strategies and techniques like the birth ball, lunge, dangle, towel pull, pelvic circles and use of rebozo.
Stillerman, Elaine: 2006. Mother Massage: A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy., reprint ed., Delta, ISBN: 0440507022, 192 pages, $17.00 USD.
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"A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy" presents massage as a sensuous, relaxing, and loving treatment that has the added bonus of being especially good for you. It’s the perfect way to reduce stress and promote general well-being. During pregnancy, your body is undergoing many changes, some of them stressful and discomforting. "Mother Massage", by licensed massage therapist Elaine Stillerman, is a beautifully illustrated guide to help eliminate some of these adverse effects.
Stillerman, Elaine: 2007. Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork (Mosby's Massage Career Development)., 1, Mosby, ISBN: 0323042538, 480 pages, $41.95 USD.
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Authored by a well-known expert on prenatal massage, this comprehensive text helps you understand the intricate physiology of pregnancy so you can confidently apply appropriate massage techniques for each trimester, and throughout labor and postpartum. You'll find clear, colorfully illustrated explanations of a wide range of techniques and procedures, including Swedish massage, acupuncture points, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, and reflexology. A companion DVD packaged with the book enables you to watch demonstrations of techniques. Contraindications and precautions are also provided where necessary to help you provide safe and effective care for every client.

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