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Use the healing power of touch for a healthier, happier pregnancy.

Pregnancy is an exciting time full of promise, but most women could do without symptoms such as back pain, headaches, nausea, and swollen feet—luckily, many of these conditions can be treated with massage. Touch has the power to heal, calm, and nurture relationships.

Christine Sutherland, co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, teaches the basics of prenatal massage for healthy pregnancies. From the first trimester to postpartum recovery, Christine’s healing methods will help moms-to-be through every stage of pregnancy, including childbirth and breastfeeding. There’s even a chapter on the basics of baby massage, which new parents, grandparents, and siblings can use to relieve common infant conditions and bond with the new child.

Hundreds of photos and illustrations clearly illustrate techniques that even beginners can master. Christine also includes real-life stories that showcase how the power of massage helped women through their own pregnancy journeys.

If your partner or loved one is expecting, this book is for you.

Table of Contents

First Birth
Introduction: The Power of Touch
1. Pregnancy Massage Basics
2. Massage Treatments for the Trimesters
3. Massage Treatments for Specific Maternity Conditions
4. Massage Treatments for Labor and Delivery
5. Postpartum Massage
6. Breasts at Work
7. Baby Massage Basics
Conclusion: Taking It to the Streets
Online Classroom
Index of Massage Treatments
About the Author

As an Ob/Gyn I was taught early on that the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient. In many instances that means the use of sophisticated technologies, but Christine reminds us that we already possess the tools of caring with the use of our hands, minds and hearts.

Shiraz Moola, MD, FRPCP

Christine’s book is an outstanding tool for pregnant women, their support people, and massage therapists alike. The narrative is interesting, and her massage instruction is eloquent and easy to follow.

Laurel Fowlie, RMT, BA, MEd, Instructor and head of Department of Education, Kikkawa College (Toronto)

What a delightful, engaging and inspiring book. Christine’s abiding commitment to social justice and changing the world one massage at a time is as meaningful today as it was 40 years ago.

Trish Dryden, RMT, MEd, Centennial College

Christine Sutherland

Christine Sutherland is a licensed massage therapist and massage instructor. She is the co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic in Toronto and the Director of the Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage. She makes Nelson, British Columbia, her home base as she travels the world spreading her message of hands-on healing.