Mother Massage: A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy
by Elaine Stillerman
[Review by Sue LaLeike.]
Educators, doulas, and midwives can enhance their practices with knowledge and use of appropriate massage. Seven forms of touch therapy as well as herbs, nutrition, and more are suggested as specific, effective comfort measures for pregnant women. Also given are instructions for full-body massage (suitable for anyone), labor, postpartum, and infant massage, and massage techniques for lactation. Two quick-reference tables provide easy access to details about reflexology, shiatsu, and herbs. Stillerman teaches a course in Mother Massage to professional masseuses, and it's wonderful to study her techniques in this handy, usable form.