SEATTLE, April 21 /PRNewswire/ — For many professional massage therapists, offering massage therapy as part of a woman’s continuum of care during pregnancy, labor and delivery to her infant’s care can be one of the most rewarding and special aspects of the profession.

“Providing massage therapy to pregnant women and infants is a wonderful skill set for professional massage therapists to obtain,” says Catherine North, manager of continuing education for Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy in Seattle, Washington.

Cortiva Institute Seattle’s 2010-2011 Maternity and Infant Massage Therapy program offers extensive training in the growing specialties of pregnancy and postpartum massage therapy, professional labor support and infant massage instruction with specialized training that distinguishes those that complete the program as skilled maternity and infant massage specialists. The program prepares qualified professional massage therapists to further expand their career in the delivery of exceptional client-centered services for child-bearing women, infants and families.

The full program and massage specific modules are open to licensed massage therapists only, whereas modules 2 and 5 are open to the public.


Module 1: Pregnancy Massage/32 hours

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on May 22 and 23, and June 5 and 6, 2010

Module 2: Introduction to Childbirth and DONA Approved Birth Doula Workshop/32 hours

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on July 31 and Aug. 1, and Aug. 14 and 15, 2010

Module 3: Postpartum Massage/32 hours 

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Sept. 18 and 19, and Oct. 2 and 3, 2010

Module 4: Advanced Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage/32 hours

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Nov. 20 and 21, and Dec. 4 and 5, 2010

Module 5: Infant Massage USA-Certified Educator of Infant Massage Training/32 hours

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Jan. 22 and 23, 2011 and Feb. 5 and 6, 2011

Module 6: Community Internship/8 hours-plus case studies and homework

March 12, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

To register online or for more information, visit or call (206) 282.1233.

About Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute is a community of massage therapy schools with 11 locations nationwide, offering full and part-time massage therapy instruction, continuing education courses, student clinics that are open to the public, and career services for graduates. Cortiva schools take a holistic and integrated approach to ensure that our graduates are prepared to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, sports therapy clinics or start their own private practices. Go to for more information.