Hey everyone! I just got back from 4 days of intensive training in Pre and Post Natal Massage Therapy in Seattle. My appreciation for the pregnant pelvis has been renewed!! Carole Osborne was the instructor who is a brilliant therapist and a forerunner in addressing perinatal techniques. She has 40 years of experience in this field and it was a privilege to learn from her. In the course, we learned specific techniques to address the SI joints and all their ligaments, as well as ways to open up and create space in the hips, to help that ribcage that needs expanding, to assist in draining extra fluids in the case of edema, and of course the release of the lower lumber spine and all its fascia. There are a number of exercises that can help to address the changing posture as the belly grows. And don’t forget about all the work the body does AFTER the baby is born. Massage therapy post partum is just as important as when pregnant. We can help the body re-align and also assist in strengthening the abdominal muscles while supporting any diastus. It was great having some post partum moms taking the class so we got first hand experience with c-scar work and how to test for diastus. While I can’t tell you everything I learnt in this short post, I hope it gives you a good idea of how we can specifically help the pregnant body!