Elaine Stillerman, LMT, has been a New York State licensed massage therapist since 1978. She began her pioneering work in prenatal massage, labor support, and postpartum recovery massage in 1980. She is the developer and instructor of the professional certification workshop “MotherMassage: Massage during Pregnancy” which she began teaching in 1990 and which is currently taught at massage schools, spas and resorts across the country.
In 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural “Educator of the Year” award from the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFTME) and was inducted into the World Massage Festival’s “Massage Hall of Fame.”
Elaine is the author of Mother Massage: A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy (Dell, 1992), The Encyclopedia of Bodywork: From Acupressure to Zone Therapy (Facts on File, 1996), Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork (Mosby, 2008) and Modalities for Massage and Bodywork, 2nd ed. (Mosby, 2008).
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After more than 40 years as a massage therapist, I am still awed by the secrets and hidden truths within the human body. According to the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body tells us everything and it’s up to us to read these clues and use this information for healing purposes.
Read more…. Body Secrets Revealed
Image info: Illustration from Stillerman, E.: Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork, St. Louis, 2008, Mosby. Reprinted with permission.
This is the third of three articles by Elaine Stillerman in this issue. In this article, the author describes massage techniques for managing the development of the c-section scar and helping the surrounding tissues heal properly.
Read more…. C-section Scar Massage
In this second of three articles in this issue, Stillerman describes methods for relieving pregnancy-related sciatica.
Read more…. Sciatica Relief
One of three articles in this issue by Elaine Stillerman, this piece describes in detail different massage techniques and body positions to help a birthing mother make her way through the difficulties of back labor.
Read more…. Back Labor
A hands-on approach to helping women during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, this article will help you improve your doula or midwifery practice and help moms. Read more…. A Midwife’s Touch