The Downeast School of Massage is holding its’ biannual Pregnancy Massage Clinic for women in all stages of pregnancy on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. and again in September.

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

The clinic is provided free, and 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 DSM, in a news release. Pregnancy massage rounds out their 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. Please call DSM at 832-5531 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for more information or to schedule an appointment. The Downeast School of Massage is located just off of Route 220 north (Washington Road) on Moose Meadow Lane just 2 miles from Route 1. Visit the school’s website for a complete 2011 clinic calendar at . Space is limited.