September 9 2021 8:00 am   through   September 12 2021 5:00 pm
14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
Phone: (425) 602-3361
Full Registration after August 9th $ 695.00
Full Refund $ 0.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Pregnancy Massage
Campus Kenmore Campus
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Pre & Perinatal Massage Specialization Training scheduled for September 9-12, 2021, is cancelled. The Simkin Center @ Bastyr University will be rescheduling the Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy Specialization workshop in the Spring of 2022! Please keep checking our website or email us at for updates. Your health and well-being is our primary goal. We will stay abreast of changes related to public health recommendations amidst the pandemic. It’s too early to say right now what precautions will be taken this spring, but we will keep registrants informed of changes in our policies as they come to light.

You'll learn:

  • 80 techniques to alleviate common perinatal discomforts
  • Promote physiologic and mother-centered care
  • Skills to increase awareness and readiness for labor
  • Medical complications & high risk pregnancy adaptations
  • Detailed maternity physiology, anatomy and functionality
  • Labor techniques to facilitate relaxation, pain reduction & progress
  • Postpartum restoration of abdomen, movement & emotions
  • Techniques for reducing childcare strain & supporting breastfeeding
  • Research, ethics & working with other providers
  • Positioning & techniques applicable to other special populations

Why Attend:

  • Immersion in nurturing, motivated learning community
  • Personalized feedback to improve embodiment & effectiveness
  • New repertoire of immediately applicable skills
  • Distinction as a specialist for childbearing people
  • 32 meaningful, inspiring hours, plus your CE credits
  • Improved client care & retention
  • Extended career longevity from body usage efficiency & a lucrative specialization
  • A prerequisite to the high-caliber certification many employers require
  • Skill expansion for all clients needing positioning alternatives

Prerequisite:  500+ hours of massage therapy training (other perinatal professionals admitted with approval, contact us for information). Good anatomical knowledge and skill, and experience in Swedish massage and at least one of the following: deep tissue/myofascial release, structural balancing, trigger point/neuromuscular therapy, or passive movement.

Textbook: Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy, 3rd edition by Carole Osborne, Michele Kolakowski and David M. Lobenstine. 

Required text may be purchased  here  

This workshop is a prerequisite for certification, the certification process happens outside our center. After earning these 32 CE hours and you wish to become certified, you will need to verify your knowledge & skills by purchasing an assessment module. Test online & submit video for individualized evaluation.


Molly Pessl

Michele Kolakowski LMT, CD & CPD(DONA), CLC brings more than two decades of diverse experience working with childbearing women and new families to the classroom and considers it a privilege to teach Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy with her mentor and professional “mom”, Carole Osborne.

Michele was program supervisor and lead BirthPlace massage therapist for Longmont United Hospital’s Health Center of Integrative Therapies. Michele is passionate and knowledgeable in maternity and infant massage. She lives in Longmont, Colorado with her family and loves high altitude gardening, hikes in the mountains, yoga, basketball (Go Tarheels!) and the joys of watching her boys become great young men.

CEUs: Approved by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), FL Board of Massage, and meets current AMTA, ABMP, DONA International requirements.

Audience:  Licensed Massage Therapists and others licensed to touch. Advanced students of massage therapy, nurses, midwives, and other healthcare providers - contact us for information on approval to attend.


All courses are held at Bastyr University-Kenmore Campus, unless otherwise noted. Directions
Contact information for lodging: 425-602-3075

For any information regarding this training call the Simkin Center at (425) 602-3361