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Would you like to know how to give effective care to women in the early postnatal period and how to adapt your care during the continuing changes of the first year? Would you like ideas of how to work with the baby present, and even be able to teach the mother how to give shiatsu for her baby?

This course will also help you understand more about the development of the meridians/channels including the Qiao and Wei (Heel and Linking: the outer group of Extraordinary Vessels).   through understanding the development of the baby in the first year. This will add to your work with all clients and increase your understanding of your own energies.

There is an on line version of the infant massage/shiatsu part of the course open to anyone. Note for shiatsu practitioners that you must have completed a foundation course with Suzanne in Bristol or London or elsewhere or with Nicola near London to enroll onto this course. Massage therapists can attend the first two days (postnatal mother) but need to have attended Pregnancy Massage Diploma. People who have done an Infant Massage training can attend Infant Shiatsu (second two days) Please contact us for more information.

postnatal shiatsu for mother

  • Detailed Eastern theory of the postnatal period of changes for the mother which will help you deepen your understanding of the Extraordinary Vessels integrating work with the Wei and the Qiao
  • relevant Anatomy and Physiology of postnatal changes for mother for the first year in an engaging and practical way
  • How to work with the mother in the early and later postnatal period from immediately after birth to the first year, including knowing when to refer. This will include supporting breastfeeding, and early abdominal work which includes knowing how to work after a caesarean section, with scar tissue as well as deeper abdominal work in the later period and pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • A range of different postnatal exercises for the different postnatal stages, both with and without baby, including awareness of how to modify depending on the birth experience
  • Creating a relevant postnatal form


  • Mother and baby exercises and exercises with partner which build on the pregnancy and birth exercises we already learnt
  • Detailed eastern theory of changes for the baby during the first year: this will help you understand the development of all Eight Extraordinary Vessels as well as the 12 meridians. This will help you understand all these energies more clearly for all clients as well as yourself
  • Relevant Anatomy and Physiology of changes for baby: in an engaging and practical way
  • Exploring experientially infant movement patterns which will help you understand your own journey during the first year, adapting to life on earth and and how this period impacts on us all, as well as enhancing your understanding of the development of all energies/channels.
  • Learning how to teach baby shiatsu sessions: the emphasis is primarily on supporting the mother/baby bond but there may be times when we would need to do some direct work with the baby
  • Learning how to work with common childhood conditions such as feeding issues, emotional adaptation, bonding, breathing and supporting development:
  • Creating a relevant infant shiatsu form


More detail on course

Running since 1999, this course covers all you need to know to be able to safely and effectively work with women and babies in the first year after birth.

During the course you will work with a postnatal woman and teach a baby shiatsu session to the mother and her partner (if possible). After the course you have an opportunity if you wish to work with supervised case studies. This will enable you to integrate the new techniques with your current way of working. When you have completed case studies and a project for all modules, you will receive the Wellmother Diploma and be confident that you can offer holistic maternity care. You can go on the Wellmother register.

If you are a massage therapist and have done the pregnancy diploma the postnatal care will add to your skills.

The full maternity course for Shiatsu practitioners consists of a foundation module or day, followed by 3 modules, Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal. You can choose to attend the individual modules in any order and each is a self-contained course. You can choose to complete case studies for each module and have a certificate for that module or, if you complete case studies for all three modules and a reflective piece, then you will receive the Maternity Diploma. This means you can go on the Wellmother register and be part of our global network.

The  other maternity modules are: Pregnancy November 2020 and Birth November 2021: all in Bristol at the Centre for Whole Health.

– A little while after completing my Pregnancy Massage course with Wellmother I continued my training with Suzanne’s Postnatal Massage training. Again I found the course very thorough and fascinating especially the shiatsu energy work, it’s so useful to be able to use some energy work to address certain pregnancy and postnatal issues combined with my oil based massage. We also learned much about the physiology of birth and postnatal recovery which has been invaluable in my work as a massage practitioner and as a doula.

Sue Boughton

Massage therapist and doula

What is the difference between birth and postnatal modules Expand

The difference between postnatal and the birth module is that in the birth module we focus more on birth itself, how to prepare, how to support during birth, as well as understanding the impact of different kinds of birth, especially on the baby. In this module we work more with how to support the immediate effects of birth by modifying the way we work, but we are focusing more on the experience and impact of the postnatal period. This means we look in detail at changes for the mother and also the baby, which includes infant development in the first year.

You can attend this course before or after attending the birth module.

I knew I lacked confidence in working with pregnant women and wanted to change that. I finally took the step to do all of Suzanne’s modules on maternity care, labour and postnatal. What I learned was much more than I expected. Not just the techniques for supporting women, their partners and babies,  but also how using the extraordinary vessels can have amazing benefits for everyone else I treat with shiatsu, including myself.  Suzanne has an incomparable depth of knowledge and a teaching style that makes you feel able to learn and apply those skills confidently. I look forward to doing her courses online to help consolidate what I learned in her classes. Working with pregnant women is now such a special honour I really enjoy doing. Thanks Suzanne.

Vennetta Royal

Shiatsu Practitioner

There is an  on line version of the infant massage/shiatsu part of the course and soon I hope to put up a postnatal mother course.

Dates and location

  • Centre for Whole Health, Bristol BS3 3BP, 4 days
    17/11/2022 - 20/11/2022
  • Vienna, ESI
    26/10/2023 - 29/10/2023


Suzanne Yates

Suzanne Yates

Suzanne is the founder and principal teacher at Wellmother, established 1990

Entrance Requirements

  • A shiatsu practitioner who has already attended a course with Suzanne or another Wellmother teacher (full 4 days)

  • A pregnancy massage therapist who has attended the Pregnancy Massage course (for the first two days: postnatal shiatsu and massage for mother): for Bristol cousre

  • An Infant massage therapist who has attended Infant Massage course in person or on line (for second two days: infant shiatsu) (For Bristol Course)

Supporting material

Pregnancy and Childbirth: a holistic approach to massage and bodywork

Suzanne Yates

order the book


Vienna Course: € 480,- / € 440,-
Bristol course: £310 (early booking 8 weeks before) or £335 for the full four days, £165 (early booking 8 weeks before) or £180 for either of the two day blocks
This course will be autumn 2022 but the dates may change
You could also attend this course taught in English with German translation in Vienna, Berlin or Zurich: please see German pages for booking and dates. You can use Google translate to help you!

Apply for the full four days Apply for the first two days (postnatal mother) Apply for the second two days (infant shiatsu) Apply for Vienna course

The postnatal period is the most neglected area of support: and fundamental for the future health of both mother and baby. Learn how to give effective support

Apply for the full four days Apply for the first two days (postnatal mother) Apply for the second two days (infant shiatsu) Apply for Vienna course