Pregnancy Massage 101 » Cardiovascular Adaptations

Instructor: Carole Osborne

Cardiovascular Adaptations

To provide for fetal needs and maintain maternal health, the cardiovascular system makes brilliant adaptations. At the same time, this increased endocrine output usually results in edema, varicose veins, and a tendency toward clot formation, particularly in the lower extremities.
These physiological realities were likely the basis of the now outdated total contraindication to massage therapy during pregnancy. Understanding these changes and their ramifications for how, where, and when you massage, particularly the legs, is critical to "first doing no harm" with expectant clients. This is the main focus of this course, but we will also explore:
positioning implications
precautions about reflex points on the feet and legs
key comparisons of normal and systemic edema, with a technique overview for edema relief

You agree to these terms if you purchase this course:

1. You understand that this course offers reliable, yet limited education in prenatal massage therapy; therefore, this is not a certification program.

2. You understand that this course provides continuing education hours, and completion of this course does not imply certification, endorsement, or authorization of any sort for your practice or teaching of prenatal massage therapy; therefore, you agree to not represent yourself directly or by implication in marketing activities or any communications to clients or others that you are certified, endorsed, or authorized by the Benjamin Institute, or any other agency to practice or teach prenatal massage therapy on the basis of participation in this course.

3. You agree to conduct your practice of prenatal massage therapy in accordance with the ethical and legal guidelines of the organizations to which you belong or by which you are licensed or registered.


By purchasing this product, you verify your understanding of and agreement to these three statements and limitations.  

Series: Pregnancy Massage 101


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Continuing Education Hours
Fostering a Healthy Pregnancy: 1
Cardiovascular Adaptations: 1
Respiratory and Digestive System Adaptations: 1
Musculoskeletal System Adaptations 1: 1
Musculoskeletal System Adaptations 2: 1
Practice-Based Decision Making: 1
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TOTAL: 6 CE hours

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