Massage Therapy Continuing Education
The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is committed to providing its graduates and the massage community with a broad menu of continuing education classes*.
It is our philosophy that continuing education should be one of the cornerstones of the OSTM program. Our goal is to host an array of guest presenters who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their respective fields. Please join us for our impressive continuing education programs.
For any questions or additional information, please contact the campus offering the course: The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage Syracuse: 315-424-1159 or Rochester: 585-241-0070
*Please note: In the event of a cancellation by the school and/or CE Instructor, participants will be reimbursed for their entire purchase of the continuing education class.
MotherMassage ®: Massage during Pregnancy
By: Elaine Stillerman, LMT
Location: Syracuse Campus
Date(s): Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 27th, 28th AND 29th 2017
Time(s): Friday = 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday = 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday = 8:30am – 3:00pm
NYS/NCBTMB/Florida Board of Massage Therapy CEU Credits Granted: 24
(10 CEU’s from MTANS – Canada)
To register call 315-424-1159
- Maximum Class Size: 30
- Minimum Class Size: 12
- Prerequisites Courses: None
Throughout history, in tribal and traditional societies, massage was an integral part of a woman’s pregnancy, labor and postpartum experience. Typically, the women of the community gathered together to support her and her baby with herbal medicines, rituals, massage, physical and emotional support.
In this country, massage therapists and bodyworkers have an opportunity to encourage pregnant women to incorporate massage therapy into their prenatal, labor and postpartum care. Massage therapy offers the gravid woman a safe, nurturing and relaxing way to relieve the common discomforts she may be experiencing.
During the MotherMassage ®: Massage during Pregnancy professional certification workshop, you will learn the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and postpartum, as well as the skills and 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 five different positions: side-lying without turning the client; side-lying turning to the opposite side; side-lying to supine; sitting and using the bodyCushion System ™, labor support massage and postpartum massage therapy. Appropriate draping and practitioner body mechanics are discussed. Hand-saving massage techniques and tools (tspheres®) are explored. Special attention is paid to treating the most common discomforts of pregnancy. The contraindications and precautions of prenatal massage are discussed in detail.
A variety of bodywork systems, such as Swedish massage, acupressure, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release, reflexology, proprioception, etc. are used. Herbal remedies and nutritional supplementation are discussed along with marketing and promotional strategies to help increase your specialized practice.
This three-day course will be held from 9:00am to 6:00pm Friday and Saturday; and 8:30 am – 3:00pm on Sunday. Times are subject to change to accommodate travel plans and facilities. 24 CEs are granted from FL and NY Boards of Massage, and NCBTMB. 10 from MTANS (Canada). This course is open to licensed massage therapists and bodyworkers, childbirth educators, nurse-midwives, lay-midwives, doulas, physical therapists, obstetricians and labor support coaches. All non-massage professionals must have basic massage skills as a prerequisite to this course.
A student manual is distributed electronically for students to print out and bring to class. Professional certification is awarded after completing the course, passing a take-home exam with at least 80% and validated proof that you have massaged two different pregnant women (Letters of Receipt of Service are included.)
You must pay in full at the time of registration. The cost of the class is US $425.00 for early registration and $500.00 for late registration – within 2 weeks of the class. If you are taking this class a second time, $25.00 per day will be discounted. A copy of your certificate is required for this discount.
Who is eligible to attend:
Licensed Massage Therapists, physical therapists, obstetricians, childbirth educators, labor coaches, doulas, labor nurses, and midwives. All non-massage professionals must have basic massage therapy skills. All LMTs and other licensed professionals must provide their license number at the time of registration. Others must provide documentation of their profession (doulas, childbirth educators, labor coaches).
Supplies you will need to bring:
- Purchase the textbook Prenatal massage: a textbook of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum bodywork (Stillerman, Mosby, 2008) before the first day of class. OSTM will carry the book. It is also available on-line at elsevierhealth.com or www.amazon.com.
- Two large and two small towels
- Four sheets
- Two standard size pillows
- One small pillow
- Unscented lubrication
- A notebook to class each day.
If you are able to provide a pregnant volunteer for Saturday morning’s practicum, please advise OSTM at least a week prior to the class.
Elaine Stillerman, LMT
The developer and instructor of MotherMassage ® is Elaine Stillerman, LMT. Licensed in New York since 1978, Stillerman began her pioneering work with pregnant women in 1980. She has been teaching the professional certification course “MotherMassage ®” at prestigious massage schools, spas and resorts across the country since 1990. She has written four books, MotherMassage: A Handbook For Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy (Dell, 1992) and 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, 2ed 2015). She has written numerous articles for magazines and journals and her work has been featured in dozens of national magazines. She has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs.
In 2013, Elaine was the inaugural recipient of AFMTE’s “Educator of the Year” Award and was inducted into the World Massage Festival’s “Massage Hall of Fame”.
To learn more about Elaine Stillerman, LMT you can visit her website: http://www.mothermassage.net/
- $425 (if registered by October 06)
- $500 (if registered after October 06)
- $350 for participants taking the course a second time (must provide certificate when registering to receive discount – call for fax number/email address)
Final day for Registration:
Friday, October 20, 2017
- Participants must pay in full when registering
- Students who No-Show or Cancel after October 19th forfeit tuition in full.
- Students who cancel on or before October 05th will forfeit $300 of tuition paid.