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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This book presents the theory and practice of massage during pregnancy and postpartum. Of particular import is how the anatomy and physiology specific to pregnancy is interwoven with massage.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate the "massage therapist in the anatomical, physiological, pathological, and emotional" aspects of pregnancy to allow therapists to provide holistic care. The marriage of massage theory and practice from the perinatal perspective is discussed. More women are requesting pregnancy massage therapy and this book links theory and practice.
Audience: The book is written primarily for massage therapist practitioners, instructors, and students caring for pregnant, laboring, or postpartum women, but it is appropriate for other practitioners working with pregnant women. The author, a registered nurse and massage therapist, successfully weaves the content together for an integrated approach.
Features: Divided into three parts, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, the book covers specifics of each period with the appropriate massage techniques. Noteworthy are the illustrations, partner involvement, case study discussions, contraindications, and complementary modalities. The companion website is a valuable resource for massage practitioners, instructors, and students.
Assessment: With more women are requesting massage therapy during pregnancy, this is a valuable resource for any healthcare practitioners who are seeking to increase their knowledge base in this area.