Career Dreams: Prenatal Massage Therapist

Feb 16 2018

career dreams header of woman getting prenatal massage

If you’ve ever thought that a massage therapy education only meant careers in spas or resorts, you’re going to be surprised! Read below to learn more about the exciting field of prenatal massage therapy.

Prenatal Massage Therapist

What is Prenatal Massage?

Prenatal massage is exactly what it sounds like. It is massage therapy for women who are pregnant. Massage therapy can offer a variety of benefits to women who are carrying a child. Massage can help offer relieve expecting mothers of prenatal:

  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Swelling
  • Leg aches
  • Stress
  • And much more

With pregnancy comes aches and pains that your body is not used to experiencing, and massage therapy can be a recommended way to get relief.

What Skills Does a Massage Therapist Need in This Career?

Massage therapy techniques for pregnant women are similar to those for other people, but you must be aware of certain special conditions of the mother’s body and its surroundings.

You need to be able to:

  • Set up a massage table (or provide a prenatal table) to accommodate for their bodies as well as their comfort level.
  • Focus on the common pain points that come with pregnancy.
  • Be aware of allergies or conditions that have developed with the pregnancy.

prenatal massage therapist giving a pregnancy massage

Where Do They Work?

Prenatal massage therapists can work in many places including:

  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Prenatal massage clinics
  • Wellness centers
  • Franchises
  • Freelance/personal business
  • OB/GYN offices

Where you decide to work will vary from professional to professional, and they all come with their own benefits! However, no matter where you want to work, a license is required to practice massage therapy.

How Can I Start on the Path Toward Becoming a Prenatal Massage Therapist?

If you want to work toward a career in prenatal massage, it starts with an education and passion. The state of Michigan requires 625 hours of training in a massage therapy program. Douglas J Aveda’s massage therapy program is 625 hours of education and can be completed in as little as four months.

If you’re looking for a career where you can help others and you are passionate about making a difference for those around you, this might be the perfect career. Get in contact with us today!

Douglas J Aveda Institute + Massage Therapy

Douglas J Aveda Institute offers a massage therapy program at our Ann Arbor, Michigan campus. For more information on getting enrolled in our program, schedule your tour!

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