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Pregnancy and Childbirth: A holistic approach to massage and bodywork, 1e [Paperback]

Suzanne Yates BA(Hons) Dip HSEC(Shiatsu diploma) MRSS(T) APNT Antenatal and postnatal exercise instructor PGCE(PCET)
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4 Mar 2010 0702030554 978-0702030550

Pregnancy and childbirth brings together, for the first time, western and eastern approaches providing a sound amalgamation of theoretical and practical information for bodywork practitioners world-wide. It describes in detail the application of massage and shiatsu from early pregnancy, including work during labour and for the first year postnatally for the mother.

This is a useful source of information for massage therapists, shiatsu practitioners, osteopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors, reflexologists, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, yoga and Pilates instructors.

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702030554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702030550
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Suzanne Yates,
Body-worker and birth educator,
I started writing my books when I realised that the literature I wanted my students to have didn't exist!! So I had to produce my own. It has also been a way of developing my work: especially with my last book for therapists. For this book (Pregnancy and Childbirth) I worked with others in the field: both the more orthodox such as midwives and obstetricians and the more complementary such as acupuncturists and osteopaths. As I teach in many places, including in French and Spanish, or German with translation, I would love for more of my books to be translated into other languages so that more of my students can benefit from them. I plan to write more books for parents and books on health: integrating my understanding of the power of the energy work of the meridians with my more conventional knowledge of the body. I hope you enjoy my books and any feedback is always welcome.
My 3 books:
- "Shiatsu for Midwives" published by Elsevier in 2003 has proved popular amongst therapists.
Translated in French under the title "Shiatsu et grossesse" (Testez éditions 2009), in German under the title "Shiatsu fűr Schwangerschaft und Geburt" Urban & Fischer 2007) and in Italian under the title "Shiatsu per la gestante e per il neonate" (Edizione Red! 2009);
- "Beautiful Birth" is primarily for parents but a useful tool for practitioners in their work with parents (Carroll and Brown 2008),
Translated in Czech under the title "Zdravé Těhotenství A Přirozen Parody" (Computer Press 2009) and
- "Pregnancy and childbirth; a holistic approach to massage and bodywork" (Elsevier 2010).
I continue to work with mothers as well as professionals and this guides me to deepen my r knowledge. I work with women trying to conceive as well as women going through the menopause. My passion lies with integrating eastern and western approaches to offer a complete health care system for women at all stages of their lives.
I served on the National Health Service Maternity Services Liaison Committee from 1995-2000 and was involved with a practice audit on shiatsu for post-term pregnancy at her local maternity unit in Bristol, published 2005.
In addition to a degree, I hold diplomas in shiatsu and therapeutic massage, a postgraduate certificate in teaching and have trained in antenatal and postpartum exercise with Elizabeth Noble ( Boston, USA).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I attended my first course with Suzanne over 6 years ago and have been a fan of hers ever since. Her knowledge and expertise around pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and specifically how shiatsu, massage and bodywork can assist is amazing.

I have both books Suzanne has previously written, but this one tops the lot. There is not as many pictures in this book but the content is phenomenal.

The book is broken into different sections:
Part 1:
The Western approach for pregnancy, labour and postpartum looks at aspects such as physiology and anatomy, stages of labour and situations for each of the stages.
The Eastern approach looks at shiatsu and how energy's change and can be effected during each stage.

Part 2:
The practical bodywork during pregnancy, labour and postpartum covers massage, shiatsu, exercise, lymphatic work and the list goes on.

This book is a must whether you are attending one of Suzanne's courses or you work with pregnant clients, you will not be sorry investing in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The preface offers the vision for this book to be a `Bible' for bodyworkers, akin to Mayes in the field of midwifery. The humble suggestion is that it is a starting point, from where further development can occur. The author Suzanne Yates is known for setting up `Well mother' which integrates shiatsu, massage, ante and post natal exercise/education, infant massage, and relaxation. Her latest book is suggested to be appropriate for massage, shiatsu, yoga, osteopathy and pilates. It is an impressive project as it courageously tries to bridge eastern and western thinking, as well as include comment from the leading people in a variety of fields. Although aimed at practitioners, it is versatile and mainly jargon-free and thus suitable for anyone with an interest in pregnancy and childbirth. The approach manages to be both conservative and forward-thinking. Techniques that could be used in labour and the postpartum period are diligently detailed, with clear diagrams and photography. The use of touch as powerful communication without words is outline, whilst still respecting a hands-off approach to labour. It's hard to be objective with a book that I found useful, enjoyable to read and inspiring. It fits with a utopian view of pregnancy care being integrated across professions as well as a balance between care and knowledge.
Many thanks,
Avni Trivedi
osteopath and cranial osteopath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable source of information. 24 Feb 2011
By Kika
I have trained with Suzanne and know first hand her wealth of knowledge and practical skill in this area. It is wonderful to see that she has shared this in this very comprehensive text.
The chapters which run from early pregnancy to first postnatal year are full of theoretical and practical information. They are broken down into easy to read segments with relevant references and helpful photos.
This book is a must for all bodyworkers in this field wishing to bring greater depth and knowledge to their work.
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