Podcast 061: Prenatal Massage for a Healthy and Comfortable Pregnancy | Carole Osborne

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My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Carole Osborne is a San Diego-based massage therapist, author, course developer and instructor of somatic arts and sciences. Expecting a baby is usually joyful, but it is also stressful and can be uncomfortable. Prenatal massage therapy uses techniques designed specifically to address pregnancy’s challenges.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the long list of benefits that massage therapy can offer a woman during pregnancy-relaxation, better sleep, easier birth are a few).
  2. how a prenatal massage is different from a regular massage and what to expect (a side lying massage can be very comfortable and can teach you how to sleep better at night too).
  3. what contraindications for massage you should be aware of in pregnancy and how a trained prenatal massage therapist can work with them (varicose veins is only one of them).

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About Carole Osborne:

Carole Osborne is a San Diego-based massage therapist, author, course developer and instructor of somatic arts and sciences.

In addition to private practice since 1974, she has worked in osteopathic, psychological, and women’s medical settings.
In 1980 she began researching and developing infant and maternity massage therapy protocols and instructional programs. She pioneered the reintroduction of therapeutic massage and bodywork to healthcare for the childbearing year.
Over the years she has trained parents, hospital association staffs, and over 5,000 maternity massage therapists and other professionals.
She was recognized nationally as the 2008 Massage Therapy Teacher of the Year. Carole has authored three textbooks,including Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy. Her articles have appeared in many professional and mainstream publications.


About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.