Massage & Acupressure for Birth

The Massage & Acupressure for Birth class is fun, inspiring, and rich with hands-on practical techniques. This results in methods you can immediately apply to your birth practice. The class is modified to suit the specific needs of the attending health professionals, massage therapists, doulas. You may bring a pregnant client along to practice with at no charge. Upon request, MEAC credits may be available.

Curriculum Outline

Based on student knowledge and needs, but may include the following:

  • Birth physiology and psycho-emotional realities
  • Techniques for relaxation, pain reduction, and labor progress
  • Releasing the pelvic floor
  • Techniques for speeding labor and moving baby
  • Care, psyche, and body mechanics for the Touch Companion
  • Practical realities of offering touch during birth
  • Acupressure and massage in a variety of positions through all stages of labor
  • Cultivating healing birth environments
  • Techniques for back pain, posterior baby, slow labor, contraction pain, anxiety, relieving leg cramps, cervical dilation
  • Use of the rebozo, chairs, ball, and positions in hands and knees, standing, semi-reclining, sidelying, and others

Combine with the other courses: Pregnancy Massage Essentials, Advanced Pregnancy Massage Techniques, and Massage for the New Mother, to receive 60 hour MotherTouch Maternity Massage Certification.


Leslie Stager is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist and NCBTMB CE Provider. See her full bio on the OSM Faculty and Staff page, here.

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Student Testimonial of Acupressure for Birth Class.

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