Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy Specialization

March 30, 2020

April 2, 2020

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

14500 Juanita Drive Northeast, Kenmore, WA, USA




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Event Description


Be a part of one of the fastest growing specializations in complementary healthcare.

Earn competency and confidence in maternity massage therapy. Learn over 80 safe and effective advanced techniques. Based on Carole Osborne’s second edition book, this well-researched, internationally noted course will significantly expand your marketable skills and enrich your career. This comprehensive workshop utilizes learn-friendly, multisensory, hands-on instruction in a program developed by the 2008 AMTA National Teacher of the Year. A hands-on intensive experience, it features an integrative somatic approach that incorporates the insights and selected techniques of Ida Rolf; neuromuscular, myofascial, movement, osteopathic soft tissue and other Western therapeutic methods; applied tai chi principles, and emotional sensitivity.  Certification for this course can be completed after the end of the workshop under an additional online program at an additional cost.

“Sidelying positioning is fantastic, and I find it has many broad applications. I have trained under many talented instructors, but these pre-and perinatal techniques are the skills I use the most. I now have a successful practice which supports my entire family.” CMT, New York, NY

“Taking this class has had a profound impact on my life. Thank you for helping me to find work    that I simply LOVE doing.” RMT, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Michele Kolakowski

1143 Sutter Street


About the Instructor

Michele Kolakowski, LMT, CD &CPD (DONA), CLC

I bring more than two decades of diverse experience working with childbearing women and new families to the classroom. I consider it a privilege to teach Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy with my mentor and professional “mom”, Carole Osborne.

I am the owner of Sanctuary Healing Arts LLC specializing in hands-on care for women and their wee ones since 1992. I offer prenatal and postnatal massage therapy, Maya Abdominal Therapy, infant massage and cranial sacral therapy, birth and postpartum doula care as well as educational talks and classes.

For more than a decade, I was program supervisor and the lead BirthPlace massage therapist for Longmont United Hospital’s Health Center of Integrative Therapies, one of the most successful community hospital-based integrative medicine programs. Their innovative BirthPlace Massage Therapy Program continues to provide thousands of inpatient maternity massages to new mothers. I also have attended 150+ births as a Certified Birth Doula and member of Birth Assistants of Boulder, the county’s oldest birth doula group. In 2015, I launched Sanctuary Doulas, Boulder County’s first postpartum doula group, to provide more comprehensive day and night doula care with a blossoming team of six talented postpartum doulas.

Since my graduation from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) in Colorado in 1992, I have had the privilege to study with a number of maternity and infant massage pioneers including Carole Osborne, Suzanne Yates, Elaine Stillerman, Kate Jordan, Rosita Arvigo, Deanna Elliott and Carolyn Guenther-Molloy and Carol Gray. I helped design and instruct BCMT’s150 hour Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Massage Therapy Certificate Program, as well as shorter prenatal, postpartum and infant massage electives from 1996-2005. In 2006, Cortiva Education brought me on board to lead the development of their 200 hour Maternity and Infant Massage Program. I have taught pregnancy massage at spas and conferences nationwide.

I am passionate about improving maternity care with interdisciplinary teamwork and speak with midwifery and obstetrician groups about how to integrate more patient-centered care practices into our healthcare for childbearing women and their babies. I am passionate and knowledgeable in maternity and infant massage, and committed to excellence in massage therapy education. I live in Longmont, Colorado with my family. I love high altitude gardening, hikes in the mountains, yoga, basketball (Go Tarheels!) and the joys of watching my boys become great young men.

Registration Details

Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocation at Bastyr University is located just 10 miles northeast of Seattle in Kenmore, Washington. The weather is mild; the scenery is beautiful, and the campus sits on 50 acres of fields and woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington. Quiet, serene and beautiful, this is a great place to learn and relax. Simkin Center is waiting to take your registration. Register online or call 425-602-3361. Tuition is $595 if registered by March 2; $695 thereafter.

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Pregnancy Massage

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 pregnancy massage CE courses, you can learn how to perform sidelying massage, address the most common physical complaints expecting mothers have and watch for contraindications. Some comprehensive prenatal massage 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.