Shiatsu for Midwives

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This practical, well-illustrated guide teaches midwives how to incorporate the use of Shiatsu into safe practice and relates the practice of Shiatsu to professional midwifery issues. Clear line drawings and photographs illustrate techniques and are backed up by discussions of actual case studies.

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Reviewer: Mary Beth Holz, MS, RN, FNP, HNC (Private Practice)
Description: This concise manual provides an overview of shiatsu principles and applications for antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care. Basic energy-based theory, derived from Eastern healing arts, provides the foundation upon which hands-on shiatsu applications are described.
Purpose: Shiatsu, based upon traditional Chinese and Japanese healing approaches, is used to promote the balance of the body's natural energy. This book identifies core midwifery skills using "touch, gentle pressure and massage" to promote nurturing throughout the perinatal period. The author's goal is to promote the therapeutic use of touch in maternity care, as well as support training programs facilitating development of "core skills" using shiatsu. Since shiatsu training is typically extensive, this book serves to support shorter focused programs. This book is an educational tool used for the incorporation of shiatsu into midwifery practice. Information is considered supplemental to practical training experiences.
Audience: Although intended for midwives, this book is appropriate for women's health professionals, bodywork practitioners, and complementary therapy health professionals. The lead author is a shiatsu practitioner and educator in the United Kingdom. She has developed specialized experience working with midwives and pregnant women for thirteen years. Her descriptions of shiatsu applications for labor through postnatal periods include technique, point identification, and case studies.
Features: The book encompasses professional issues related to the use of shiatsu, Eastern energy concepts, hands-on applications for the perinatal period, and the use of shiatsu for self-healing. Applications are organized according to areas of the body and include specific routines (back routines, coccyx release, occipito-sacral balance, sacral opening/gathering, neck, head and shoulder routines). Identifying specific techniques to address common problems of pregnancy and labor, this book serves as a significant reference for bodywork practitioners. References and summary of research are specific to the use of shiatsu in maternity care. Readers would benefit from additional diagrams outlining each of the 12 meridians within the appendixes.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile addition to resources on holistic healing using touch. It offers information specific to maternity care that is not easily found in other bodywork therapy books.
From the Publisher
"This book is the most thorough and helpful book on Shiatsu for pregnancy, labour and the early post-natal period. The ideas are both original and tried and tested. The photos are of high standard and the text is clear and well designed." Tamsin Grainger, Shiatsu Society News, March 2004
book covers both the theory and practice of using shiatsu. It looks at professional issues surrounding the incorporation of shiatsu into safe practice, concentrates on the practical application of shiatsu techniques in maternity care and provides ideas for adapting techniquesto enable self-healing for the midwife""Today's Therapist

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750655231
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.55 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Director of Well Mother - Education for Maternity Care, Bristol, UK

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Bournemouth University, UK; Independent Midwife

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Tricia Anderson, preface, introduction, Section 1: Professional Issues, Section 2: Yin and Yang - applying eastern theory to midwifery, Section 3: Hands on shiatsu - practical applications, Section 4: How can shiatsu help midwives?, appendices: glossary of Japanese terms, research references, contact lists for training.

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