Nurturing the Mother®

"By nurturing the mothers,we nurture the foundation that builds our future."
Claire Marie Miller, 1990

"In 1980, newly pregnant and not feeling great, I taught a Pleasant Pregnancy workshop in South Lake Tahoe, CA that sparked my desire to teach. That desire grew as I experienced my own body during pregnancy, and received massages regularly through all trimesters, labor and postpartum. My desire turned into a passion that all women need this during their journey into motherhood. My oldest child, James, was born in 1981, after a quick, easy, completely natural hospital birth. I attribute the ease I experienced in pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery to the many massages I received - I was Nurtured into Motherhood."  

    - Claire Marie Miller            

Since that time, Nurturing the Mother® has grown and expanded to include massage for all stages of a woman's life - fertility, pregnancy and postpartum, and menopause. Thousands of therapists have become certified and thousands of women have received nurturing. 

"By nurturing mothers and families, we nurture ourselves and we nurture the Earth. In healing, honoring and nurturing, we are one."

- Claire Marie Miller

Nurturing the Mother® 
 Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage 24CE


Gain the skills to work with your client's changing body. 

Be part of the magic and mystery of pregnancy - honoring and supporting the mother-baby bond.

Feel confident giving a safe, therapeutic and firm massage through ALL stages of pregnancy and postpartum.

Nurturing the Mother® has certified 1000s of massage therapists in pregnancy and postpartum massage since 1990. This method utilizes a comfortable, secure side-lying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation.  Side-lying is the safest for mother and baby, and educates the client about the ideal sleeping position.


This Nurturing the Mother® protocol uses a combination of the following methods:​

  • Calming Swedish massage strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation

  • Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back and hips, and to promote greater strength, flexibility and balance

  • Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hip pain

  • Abdominal massage for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increase circulation to the placenta and baby and to increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from the massage.

  • Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy induced edema

  • Cranial-sacral and polarity therapy for physical/psychological/emotional/spiritual centering

  • Acupressure and reflexology techniques shown to be effective in treating many common pregnancy related complaints

2-Day Nurturing the Mother® Spa Pregnancy Massage Certification 16CE

This is our spa certification course in pregnancy and postpartum massage. This course was designed to offer spas a two-day course for training their therapists so they can offer this service to in their spa clientele. This course teaches complete protocols for both pregnancy and postpartum sessions.

This condensed course has been taught at spas throughout the Caribbean, at Sea Island, GA, The Homestead in Virginia, Greenbrier in West Virginia, Ballantyne in North Carolina and many more. 

Dates and Location for this course in 2020:

October 17-18: Atlanta, GA

Dates and Location for this course in 2021:

January 23-24: Millerstown, PA

Introduction to Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage 7CE

This 1-day class teaches a complete pregnancy massage protocol. Students will learn and demonstrate safe, supportive side-lying positioning, proper draping practices, gentle stretching techniques and methods for high-risk pregnancies, contraindicated pressure points and how to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts.

Dates and Location for this course in 2020:

June 28: Albany, NY

Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage 16CE Home Study

This Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage Home Study course features the same content as the instructor led course, but offers you the freedom to learn and study in your own home at your own pace. Upon completion of this course you will receive 16 CEs, approved by NCBTMB, and be a certified Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage Therapist.

Included in this course is:

  • Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage manual

  • Foot reflexology chart (8" x 11")

  • 2 instructional DVDs 

    • Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy Massage DVD (45 min)

    • Nurturing the Pregnant Couple DVD (79 min)

  • 1 instructional Postpartum Massage powerpoint

  • Marketing Materials, including an opportunity to be on the website referral list and buy Nurturing the Mother® brochures

  • Multiple choice exam

  • Course evaluation

If you are interested in this Home Study Course, you can purchase here.

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Claire encompasses all that is the Nurturing Mother through her instruction. She provides a professional and safe atmosphere for her students to learn about the healing power of knowing their own body 

Helina Spletstoser 

I loved this workshop. It totally changed my views on giving birth and how women should be supporting each other. I also learned how important the birth process is and I plan to support my clients in a balanced and nonjudgmental way.  

Stephanie Matteson - Charleston, SC

Thank you so much for a wonderful class...My toolbox has definitely expanded and I can't wait to share these new skills with the pregnant women I see in the clinic. I loved the different ways we were learning: reading together, the discussions, practical practice - how everything we learned has a purpose - leaving me feeling equipped to help relieve discomfort and increase well-being. Going to the clinic and trying out the protocol made me feel even more ready to bring this into my own practice. This class is truly worth a trip across the atlantic! 

Alexandra -  2020

I really enjoyed this class. I was very nervous to massage pregnant ladies before but this class really gave me the confidence to feel comfortable providing this service. I had a lot of false knowledge on prenatal massage before this class. 

Rebekah Hoeflicker - Higginsville, MO

Nurturing the Mother®

Fertility Massage Specialist

This class not only prepared me to help couples who are trying to conceive but taught me techniques I can use for all of my clients.  Excellent class. 

Judy Stevens - Raleigh, NC

One client's journey with her Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage Specialist:

I was in the dark for a while & grasping at thin straws to find answers to a predicament that not many people talk about, but at the same time feels so real & painful.

That brief chat we had of just me sharing what I went through with you, and you being present in my grief & really listening & wanting to help, made me feel like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. During the massage, the meditation you whispered in my ear helped me transcend from my physically tired & burnt-out state into a new place that made me feel hopeful & renewed.

The book, the supplements, the lifestyle change, the fertility massage all worked in concert to a positive pregnancy test!

My husband & I are still in shock that we are where we are now. We will forever carry in our hearts the two miscarriages that brought us to the lowest of the lows, which at the same time, served as the light at the end of the tunnel that made us realize that our bodies needed to be better prepared & healthy to act as vessels to successfully conceive.

- from Caroline O'Neill, LMT

Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage Specialist 24CE

Be a part of team "Family"

Fertility challenges are on the rise - 1 in 3 couples are affected when the female partner is 35 years or older.

This course will give you the massage skills to open and balance the body, creating an optimal environment for conception.

This fertility massage course is a certification that grew out of the original Nurturing the Mother® pregnancy massage training. When many of the demos in the training reported joyously conceiving after receiving the protocol in class, Claire knew this must be expanded and shared to help clients who are experiencing fertility challenges. This is a unique and highly effective massage protocol, that includes fertility awareness, cleansing therapies and visualizations that Claire Marie Miller developed through her own experience of consciously conceiving her daughter, Jessica Hope, in 1984. This fertility massage is now being used by many of Claire’s certified therapists with great success.  

Benefits of Fertility Massage:

  • Cleansing the digestive system

  • Balancing the cranial-sacral alignment

  • Balancing hormones through Integrative Reflexology® techniques that stimulate the reproductive areas and endocrine glands

  • Breaking up pelvic adhesions and congestion

  • Uterus positioning

  • Fertility reflexology

  • Increased circulation through the pelvis

  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction

  • Knowledge of ovulation timing

Nurturing the Mother Fertility Massage Specialist 16CE Home Study

This Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage Home Study course features the same content as the instructor led course, but offers you the freedom to learn and study in your own home at your own pace. Upon completion of this course you will receive 16 CEs, approved by NCBTMB, and be a certified Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage Specialist.


This course includes the following:

  • Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage manual

  • Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage DVD

  • Foot reflexology chart (8” x 11”)

  • Fertility massage oil blends: Venus Oil, Mars Oil

  • Castor Oil Pack with instructions

  • Marketing materials

  • Written exam and course evaluation


If you are interested in this Home Study Course, you can purchase here.

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Nurturing the Mother®

Wise Woman Menopause Massage

Nurturing the Mother® Wise Woman Menopause Massage 14CE

The Nurturing the Mother® Wise Woman Menopause Massage class is a delightful, fun and informative workshop to learn techniques and protocol for therapeutic massage in support of the powerful life changes a woman experiences in her peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopausal stages. During this time in a woman’s life she can take charge of her body again, after decades of giving to her family and career. Women’s healthcare, especially for the aging female, is largely under-researched and unable to provide effective techniques for women to cope with their changing bodies. This course will support the massage therapist in educating the client, along with addressing her areas of concern that may have largely been overlooked by most healthcare practitioners. Marketing has shown that women age 45-65 are the highest population receiving massage therapy. It is time to give them the focused massage they deserve. 


The symptoms addressed are:

  • Hot flashes 

  • Mood swings

  • Loss of sleep

  • Breast health

  • Cardiovascular health

  • Thyroid dysfunction

  • Bladder control

  • Memory loss 

This unique protocol utilizes aromatherapy blends specifically designed by Cynthia Loving, master clinical aroma-therapist, in collaboration with Claire.

The session also includes:

  • Gentle belly massage with castor oil packs to improve digestion

  • Hair and scalp rejuvenation massage 

  • Facial massage to hydrate the tissue and reduce wrinkles 

  • Psoas focus to work the kidney and bladder meridians for the winter element

  • Reflexology points for organ and hormonal stimulation 

  • Deep effleurage of the posterior body to complete the session with a soothing and relaxing effect

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Amazing class that has given me more tools for my toolbox!! The women of my practice will benefit greatly from me taking this class.

Leah Roesner - Chapel Hill, NC

Great balance of theory, practice and storytelling. Women together do so much wisdom sharing. This, in itself, was a treat, considering that my other job is very patriarchal. Loooved getting the foot work in tandem!

Karen Ladd - Chapel Hill, NC

Nurturing the Belly Visceral Abdominal Massage

Nurturing the Belly Visceral Abdominal Massage 7CE

With so many people experiencing digestive challenges due to food allergies, stress and fast-paced lifestyles, there is a need to slow down and rest and digest. This class will focus on supporting the abdominal area that is so often left out of a massage. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform a confident and nurturing abdominal massage protocol. Included in the protocol are Claire’s favorites for the belly - a castor oil pack and stimulation of digestive and abdominal reflexology points/areas to round out this Nurturing the Belly session.

In this course you will learn:

  • To identify the abdominal organs through palpation

  • The digestive organs and their function

  • To locate the associated reflexology areas for the digestive system. 

  • To identify pathologies indicated and contraindicated for abdominal massage

  • To identify muscles located within or crossing through the abdominal cavity. 

  • To target specific abdominal organs to offer a therapeutic massage of that organ.

  • To stimulate reflexology areas in tandem with abdominal anatomical areas.

  • A complete protocol for a therapeutic abdominal massage.

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Phone: 919-280-5505


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