Shiatsu for Midwives and Birthworkers

Shiatsu for Midwives and Birth Professionals 

An internationally renowned modular course by Wellmother 

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Support women, their babies and their partners to be in tune with their inner wisdom so that they can be more deeply connected and autonomous in their pregnancies, preparing for birth, motherhood and beyond.

The Wellmother approach enables midwives, doulas, obstetricians and physiotherapists to learn how Shiatsu touch and acupressure are powerful tools to include in your work in supporting women. You will learn to work combining ancient Eastern and modern philosophies in a dynamic and adaptable way, to know when to use techniques skilfully within the context of the energy of pregnancy, the intra- and postpartum period. The full course is in three modules, 2 days each, and an optional introductory session.

  • Gain in depth skills that are simple to apply and integrate into your work to enhance your practice.
  • Learn specific ways of touching, and using acupoints effectively
  • Build awareness of how to balance the energy of the extraordinary vessels
  • Understand the energies of the birth environment, moving towards ‘holding space’ with energy awareness.
  • Refine your skills of guiding posture and movement within the context of massage and energy work.
  • Understanding and using Shiatsu with regard to many important physiological and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth including:
    • foetal postion
    • pelvic stability
    • integrity fo the pelvic floor and core support
    • bonding and breast health
    • hormones, emotions
    • much much more!
  • Explore how shiatsu-based skills can support you personally – promoting your own well-being and preventing ‘burn-out’.

Introductory Day: not currently scheduled please enquire This is a relaxing and nourishing day which covers the basis of Shiatsu touch, simple positioning and acupressure, and some self care techniques. £60 suggested price

Shiatsu falls in line with good practice as outlined in “Changing Childbirth” (UK). It is essentially about the relationship of one human being with another as well as with themselves. It is extremely cost effective as it doesn’t cost anything beyond the costs of the original training. It involves a shift of focus away from tests and technology towards using more “intuitive” midwifery skills.

Module 1 – Foundation: PREGNANCY AND BIRTH PREPARATION not currently scheduled please enquire (Days one and two of 6 days) You can attend this Module 1 without having attended the introductory day.

Module one covers the introduction to key theoretical and practical concepts of using shiatsu for pregnancy and birth. This includes developing touch skills and personal development work.

We will cover:

  • Introduction to key theoretical concepts (Qi, Jing, Meridians)
  • Introduction to Shiatsu Meridian Exercises
  • Introduction to Practical Principles of Shiatsu (working positions and posture, use of pressure, Mother hand/working hand, feeling full and empty energy patterns)
  • Shiatsu work for Labour (covering work in the all 4’s position, including the ball, sacrum, back, neck, Governing Vessel and Bladder meridians,  labour points)

By the end of these two days you will have some safe and effective shiatsu skills and understandings which you can use with your clients for specific situations such as back ache, connecting with baby, supporting optimal fetal positioning as well as skills you can teach parents in birth preparation classes.

Module 2 – Deepening Skills: EARLY PREGNANCY AND POSTNATAL not currently scheduled please enquire This is building on what you learn in Module 1. It may be possible to join the course at this point if you have other previous Wellmother study experience, such as Massage for Pregnancy or the Shiatsu foundation online course

We will cover:

  • Knowledge of shiatsu techniques for different stages of pregnancy.
  • Shiatsu techniques for labour, including their use in various birth positions and how to include these in birth preparation sessions with partners.
  • Awareness and massage of the baby in the womb, including techniques to aid anterior cephalic presentation of baby.
  • Shiatsu techniques appropriate for the new-born, including how to teach to parents.
  • Use of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualisations: this will not only be of use in supporting your clients, but useful for you personally and help you learn new skills to relaxation to enhance your own well-being and vitality and reduce burn out..
  • Oriental views of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period – including energy changes in the mother and development of the foetus/baby: this can give you a new approach to your work .
  • Supporting development of the mother’s and father’s relationship with the baby and their confidence in their own bodies and wisdom.
  • Guidelines on how the shiatsu approach can be included within midwifery practice including when to refer to a Shiatsu practitioner or other relevant health professional.

Module 3 – CONSOLIDATING SKILLS: not currently scheduled please enquire Module 3 is an opportunity to consolidate the skills learnt during the course and understand more fully about how to apply them to different practical situations. You must have completed Module 2.

Day five is focused on fine tuning. A practical skill such as shiatsu needs a time of repetition and consolidation. We also take time to clarify and deepen your understanding of the theory which is so different from the western approach and takes time to integrate more fully.

Day six provides a deeper consolidation by offering a supervised parent and baby clinic. We invite a mix of pregnant and postnatal mums and their babies and partners (where possible) so that you have a chance to work in a supervised setting in order to be able to refine your skills.

Cost:

Modules cost £190 each which includes pre and post course support and assessment.  We would like this course to be as accessible as possible, so we offer an early bird price of £170 for those who book and pay 6 weeks before the course start date. Low income price is available on discussion, and a discount is available if you can organise for more than one person to book at the same time. Please get in touch.

There is some reading to do before the first module, and some written work to complete after the course if you are opting for certification.

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This course is taught by Lucy Trend who is a certified Wellmother teacher, Shiatsu teacher and Doula. She has been training with Suzanne Yates since 2003. The course has been running since 1999 teaching aspects of shiatsu which are relevant to midwives and other maternity health professionals. It has developed over the years through Suzanne’s teaching in different birth settings both in the UK and internationally. During the course you will complete a supervised practical session with maternity clients. After the course, you can choose to complete case studies and a project so that you can receive the Wellmother certificate in Maternity Shiatsu Skills for midwives, doulas and maternity care workers. More information on this project will be given during the course.

Click here for further information from Suzanne’s Wellmother website or call Lucy on 07989 478320.

Booking: Please request a registration form, you can use the contact form below or call or email.

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Class numbers are limited to ensure individual attention.

What you will learn over the whole six day course

  • Knowledge of shiatsu techniques for different stages of pregnancy.
  • Shiatsu techniques for labour, including their use in various birth positions and how to include these in birth preparation sessions with partners.
  • Awareness and massage of the baby in the womb, including techniques to aid anterior cephalic presentation of baby.
  • Shiatsu techniques appropriate for the new-born, including how to teach to parents.
  • Use of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualisations: this will not only be of use in supporting your clients, but useful for you personally and help you learn new skills to relaxation to enhance your own well-being and vitality and reduce burn out..
  • Oriental views of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period – including energy changes in the mother and development of the foetus/baby: this can give you a new approach to your work .
  • Supporting development of the mother’s and father’s relationship with the baby and their confidence in their own bodies and wisdom.
  • Guidelines on how the shiatsu approach can be included within midwifery practice including when to refer to a Shiatsu practitioner or other relevant health professional.

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Spring News 2022

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

Dylan Thomas

On first glance this poem speaks of youth, hope and strength, a force for growth, like the arrival of spring, energising nature to re-emerge after winter. The poem expresses how this insistence toward growth may sometimes be matched with a resistance, or a sense of being stuck. When this arises, gently orienting towards yielding and flexibility allows the path toward growth to unfold and be revealed in it’s own time.

Springtime energy needs to flow, to get moving after the winter of stillness, and this may cause us to feel stiffness or tension in our bodies more keenly. Or, we may be inspired to take positive, renewing action in our life, but feel blocked, uncertain how to follow through. We can then experience frustration or fatigue in the face of these difficulties that seem to hold back progress.

This is the energy of the liver and gall bladder meridians in Shiatsu. Spring is the time to promote the smooth flowing of these powerfully creative and decisive energies. Gentle stretching, flexibility of mind, and opening of the heart can help. Eastern bodywork such as Shiatsu and Thai Massage include stretches and acupressure, which help to promote ease and flow, and bring us back to our natural inclination to growth and renewal in this season.

Lucy Trend 08/03/22

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