Basic Course Part 1

Towards Natural Childbirth and Beyond
Neuroendocrine responses to Massage during Pregnancy and Childbirth

4 Days

Royal College of Midwives Accredited Course (Suitable for PREP requirements)

Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) Approved

Aims of the course

To equip professionals with practical skills and the theoretical knowledge needed to use the LK Massage Programme effectively within their practice, to promote a circadian pattern of uterine activation and birth, and enhance maternal-infant sensory contact immediately following birth.

To develop a basic understanding of the neuroendocrine responses to massage in late pregnancy, labour and birth and the importance of a conducive physical environment.
To develop practical skills to perform the basic techniques of the LK Massage Programme, designed to encourage the sleep cycle, reduce maternal anxiety and pain during pregnancy, labour and birth.

To develop an understanding of complementing maternal/paternal adaptations to late pregnancy, circadian uterine activation, spontaneous labour, birth and dynamic interactions that facilitate attachment and the initiation of suckling and lactation.

Course outcomes

  • Understand the bio-affective responses to massage in non pregnant adults.

  • Use current research to appreciate the relationship between regular massage, reduced anxiety, sleep and increased pain threshold from pregnancy to birth.

  • Understand the design of the LK Massage Programme as an intervention to complement maternal-fetal and paternal adaptations from late pregnancy to birth and beyond.

Course components
Information giving sessions will be interspersed with supervised practice sessions.
Teaching and learning activities will include presentations, discussions, audio visual, guided practice and suggested reading.

Following completion of the course
Participants will receive Part 1 of the professional series of the DVD's 'Towards Natural Childbirth and Beyond' which offers comprehensive information on everything taught on the course and is intended to act as a reference. Participants will also receive a Guideline Booklet.

A case study needs to be completed demonstrating basic knowledge of current scientific findings that inform the Programme and an account of how the Programme has been practised on a selected client.
Submission is required within 3 months of completing the course.

2019 Venue and Course Dates

Horton General Hospital, Oxford Banbury, Oxon OX16 9AL

Due to commitments in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Portugal, there will only be one Basic Course in Banbury during 2019

Dates: 1st - 4th June 2019.

Cost £395 - Course Material, Assessment & Certification plus the use of carrier oil and massage couch.

Special fee for Student Midwives - £345

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Following successful completion of the Basic Course (Part 1), participants can undertake the 2 day Trainers weekend course. You will learn the principles of teaching the basic Programme to couples. Registration is expected prior to teaching the LK Massage Programme®

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