About Elaine Stillerman

Elaine Stillerman, Elaine Stillerman, LMT, awarded AFMTE 2013 Educator of the Year and 2013 Inductee in the Massage Hall of Fame, received her NYS license in 1978. In 1980, at a time when only a handful of massage practitioners across the country were working with pregnant women, Elaine began her pioneering work. She quickly gained a reputation among NYC practitioners as the "rogue massage therapist who wasn't afraid to massage pregnant women." Other massage therapists sent her their pregnant clients and new moms, and in a few short months, her practice became pregnancy-centric. Many fellow therapists wanted to learn her techniques, and in 1990, she developed her professional certification course, "MotherMassage®: Massage During Pregnancy", the 24 CE course taught at prestigious massage schools, spas, and resorts across the country.

She wrote her first book, MotherMassage: A Handbook to Relieve the Discomforts of Pregnancy (Dell, 1992) for expectant couples after so many of her clients wanted their partners to work on them at home. The book just celebrated 20 years in print. She wrote The Encyclopedia of Bodywork (Facts On File, 1996) and was approached by the Mosby imprint of Elsevier Publishing to write a comprehensive textbook on prenatal massage. In 2008, Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork was published by Mosby and was followed the next year with Modalities for Massage and Bodywork.

Elaine has enjoyed working with thousands of expecting and new mothers over the years. Her work has been featured in every major national magazine, and she has appeared on numerous television shows, including three appearances on Live! With Regis and Kelly. After 25 years of practice, Elaine sold her business and continues to teach and write. She is a licensee of the Tupler Technique® - Diastasis Repair and created CoRehab which helps women (and men) close their diastasis recti. She also represents T spheres, the aromatic massage balls for use during labor, general massage, trigger point release, and to prevent travel fatigue and anxiety.