The Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro will hold its biannual Pregnancy Massage Clinic for women in all stages of pregnancy on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.

The Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami, Fla., has completed studies on massage and pregnancy. “Regular massage for the pregnant woman reduces chances of premature birth, promotes circulation to mother and baby, and reduces labor time and labor discomfort,” reported research scientist Dr. Tiffany Field at the American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

The free clinic offers supervised massage specific to the needs of pregnant women.

“Students are more than prepared to work with this special target group,” said Nancy Dail, director of the Downeast School of Massage. “Pregnancy massage rounds out the school’s program of more than 600 in-classroom hours. It enhances their skills and prepares them for their practice after graduation.”

All clinic clients are asked to complete a medical history questionnaire and are screened for contraindications. Call the Downeast School of Massage at 832-5531 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information or to schedule an appointment. The Downeast School of Massage is located just off Route 220 North (Washington Road) on Moose Meadow Lane, two miles from Route 1. For more information and a complete 2010 clinic calendar, visit downeastschoolofmassage.net.