Well Mother

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Well Mother

Contact:Suzanne Yates
Phone number:03 9387 1161

Courses held in:VIC

Course NameCPE Points
Advanced Pregnancy Massage20

Course description:

Australian Shiatsu College
103 Evans Street,
Brunswick East, VIC 3095

Advanced training in Pregnancy Massage.
” A rare opportunity to study with Suzanne Yates, UK massage and shiatsu therapist and childbirth educator, pioneer of maternity massage in Australia and world wide and author of “Pregnancy and childbirth: an holistic approach to massage and bodywork” 
Well Mother operates out of The Australian Shiatsu College : 

This course is for those who have already completed some initial pregnancy massage training: a minimum of 2 days training is required. The focus of this course is to develop your skills beyond basic pregnancy adaptations and to include some shiatsu based energy work as well as to deepen your understanding of your work with pregnant women.

We will include:
– remedial and shiatsu based techniques for pelvic girdle pain/instability
– refinement of positioning for client and therapist; this will include floor and ball work as well as table work (especially useful for late pregnancy and labour)
– labour preparation and support work: this will include work in birth positions and use of some shiatsu points and techniques
-work after birth, including how to assist women after pregnancy loss: this will include when and how to work with the abdomen, including after a caesarean, and relevant shiatsu energy work.

The approach to these topics will include reviewing how you currently work and deepening awareness of massage techniques along with some shiatsu techniques and points which can be included by a massage therapist. The main aspects of shiatsu which will be learnt during this course are:
– use of static pressures,
– knowledge of how to work some key points (especially labour focus points) and to understand some of the common myths around using these points
– awareness of the key meridians (the extraordinary vessels) which link the brain, uterus and kidneys which are fundamental to maternity care.

Suzanne will be taking workshops at The Australian Shiatsu College 4th-14th September 2014 For more info www.australianshiatsucollege.com.au

Suzanne Yates has been developing an holistic approach to maternity since 1989. Motivated by her first pregnancy, she began to deepen her professional shiatsu and massage work to specialise in maternity care. She established ‘Well Mother’ in 1990, teaching shiatsu, massage and exercise to women and their partners in Bristol, UK, to help them connect with the wisdom of their body.

Suzanne continues to work with individual clients, primarily from her clinic in Bristol. She offers shiatsu, massage and individual exercise sessions and works with clients, male and female, at all stages of their lives although she specialises in working from pre conception, through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period with both partners and their baby. As well as numerous articles, she has written three books: “Shiatsu for Midwives” published by Elsevier in 2003 has proved popular amongst therapists as well as midwives and has been translated into German, French and Italian. “Beautiful Birth” is aimed at parents (Carroll and Brown 2008) and “Pregnancy and childbirth; an holistic approach to massage and bodywork” is Suzanne’s long awaited book for therapists which is the text book for the shiatsu and massage courses (Elsevier 2010).

In addition to a degree in modern languages (French and Italian), she holds diplomas in shiatsu and therapeutic massage, a postgraduate certificate in teaching and has trained in antenatal and postpartum exercise with Elizabeth Noble (Boston, USA). She continues to deepen her shiatsu studies with Japanese masters in Europe and attending other relevant workshops. Recently she has been working with the ideas of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centring) both with Bonnie and Linda Hartley and Cherionna Menzam Sills.

She served on the National Health Service Maternity Services Liaison Committee from 1995-2000 and was involved with a practice audit on shiatsu for post-term pregnancy at her local maternity unit in Bristol, published 2005.


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