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Pregnancy or prenatal massage is a system of adapted massage techniques that help both the mother and the baby before, during and after pregnancy. Pre-pregnancy massage helps the mother stay relaxed and ready to conceive. Massage during pregnancy addresses parent-child bonding, stress and the physical downsides of pregnancy, and postpartum massage helps the mother recover from childbirth.
Through continuing education, you can learn how to perform sidelying massage, address the most common physical complaints expecting mothers have and watch for contraindications. Some comprehensive courses will also cover infant massage techniques. Anyone looking to specialize in pregnancy massage may want to consider courses in how to assist doulas and midwives around delivery time.
With a progressive vibe and "hipster" reputation, Portland is one of America's most artsy and holistically-inclined cities. Parks dot the streets, microfarms speckle the rooftops and natural healing centers are a common site among throngs of street artists and food trucks. Visiting massage therapists will find CEUs focused in natural healing and a number of unique modalities from local schools.
Portland is graced with gorgeous weather from July through October, but come prepared for rain the rest of the time. It's easy to get around by foot, car or mass transit. If you travel by car, don't get out at the gas station. State law requires attendants to pump gas.