Welcome to MNZ

Massage New Zealand (MNZ) is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand for professional Massage Therapists. Our purpose is to promote massage therapy and the ongoing development of the massage industry in New Zealand through educating the public about the benefits of massage therapy for health and wellness and supporting the public to access high quality massage therapy through our database of MNZ registered Massage Therapists. 


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Massage New Zealand presents:

MNZ Conference 2019

20-22 September 2019

P3 - Paula Jaspar

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015.

Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses.

Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today's Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post.

She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, paediatric massage, post-surgical treatment (post caesarean, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, orthopaedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her at interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC.

Post Caesarean Section Assessment and Treatment - 7hrs

Learning Objective:

  • The participant will describe the procedure and impact of caesarean section surgery on a women's body.
  • The participant will be able to perform a safe and effective assessment.
  • To be able to critically consider if the individual's presentation requires referral.
  • The participant will be able to apply techniques for a late subacute and mature scar.

Review of caesarean section procedure. Review of affected anatomy and physiology massage.

Common presentations. Signs and symptoms. Contraindications and Precautions. Patient complaints. Patient communication and informed consent. Patient comfort and positioning. Draping

Introduction to assessment of the caesarean section scar. Scar Assessment. Demonstration and Practice. Post-Partum evaluation and techniques for optimal position and function. Discussion of late subacute treatment and guidelines. Demonstration late subacute care. Discussion of mature scar treatment and guidelines. Demonstration mature scar care. Case Study considerations.

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