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  • Pregnancy massage training session to be held

    Submitted to the Nevada City Advocate

    Chula Gemignani will hold a five-day prenatal training session in two separate weekends that begins on April 20 at the Cedar Ridge Center in Grass Valley.

    She invites body workers, doulas and registered nurses to the 40-hour training session in prenatal, labor support and postpartum massage. Designed to keep pregnant clients safe and well cared for, advance training in pregnancy massage is recommended to supplement the brief study completed in massage school. A prenatal massage specialist can offer a prenatal client a great deal more in terms of assessment and care. 

    A deep knowledge of fascial work and a structural approach to bodywork helps support the prenatal clients as their bodies integrate through the physiological changes experienced during pregnancy. Along with sharing her method in this class, Chula carries the wisdom her mentor, Carole Osborne, a renowned prenatal massage specialist, and passes on the structural approach to prenatal bodywork, using safe and effective methods.

    Chula aims to send students off with a vital skillset accessible to them. She remembers when she massaged pregnant clients with only the basics under her belt and does not wish that for any practitioner or client. She teaches that a deeper bodywork approach does not need to be compromised during a normal pregnancy. Her wish is to pass on the wisdom and confidence that a prenatal massage specialist can offer in excellent prenatal bodywork while knowing the signs of pregnancy conditions, complications and contraindications so limitations can be made when needed.

    Chula has massaged thousands of bodies and souls for 15 years and been a pregnancy massage specialist since 2009. She has helped many mothers bring healthy children into our community. Her unique style has sustained a thriving practice. She incorporates many modalities and is widely known for her structural massage technique, Dynamic Fascial Response. She is now writing a book that she hopes to publish this year.


    The training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 20, 21 and 22 and May 5 and 6. This training is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is DONA approved. The CMTC to this date does not accept CEs, however, many states do and the class is approved by many of them. Check with your state licensing board or governing agency to see if CEs will be useful to you. 

    Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, email chulagem@gmail.com

    About the photo:   

    Chula Gemignani of Healthy River Massage in Nevada City works with one of her clients.