Spa Standard™ And Belly Friendly™ Partner To Bring Pregnancy Massage Training And Certification To The Spa Industry

Prenatal Accreditation Program Now Available on

Aug 26, 2015, 09:00 ET from Spa Standard

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Spa Standard™ today announced a partnership with Belly Friendly™ designed to make exceptional Continuing Education in pregnancy massage training more accessible to therapists and spas worldwide. Spa Standard is an online learning platform that offers affordable, quality education opportunities for the beauty and wellness industry, including Continuing Education (CE) courses. Belly Friendly, an offshoot of Barefoot & Pregnant™, is a partnership program designed to make spas proficient in catering to expecting moms. Through this partnership, Spa Standard will now offer Belly Friendly's new prenatal certification course.

Approved by the National Association Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and the state of Florida, the new Belly Friendly Prenatal Certification course (12 CEs) features a prenatal massage instructional video that demonstrates a hands-on technique specific to each trimester. This content is combined with Belly Friendly's unique proprietary methods for interacting with pregnant massage clientele, based on an understanding of the world of the mom-to-be and what she is experiencing emotionally and physically. Highlights include important information on draping and positioning methods for expectant clients, insight on prenatal skin conditions and other tips for delivering a superior spa experience for this special market.

"Belly Friendly represents the kind of quality education we endeavor to offer through Spa Standard," said Kelly Maack, president, Spa Standard. "Its continuing education and accreditation program is an excellent opportunity for practitioners and spas who want to up their game, and we're delighted they can find it on Spa Standard."

"The Spa Standard partnership is a natural fit. The program shares our value of the importance of education," said Stacy Denney, founder of Belly Friendly and Barefoot & Pregnant. "Spa Standard broadens our reach so that more therapists and spas can become Belly Friendly."

About Spa Standard: 
Launched in 2015 by industry professionals Kelly and Rick Maack, Spa Standard is an online learning platform that aims to set a new standard for the industry's approach to continuing education with ready access to affordable, quality opportunities to learn, share and grow. The company is founded on the idea of peer-to-peer sharing or Empathetic Exchange of information and ideas. Spa Standard's goal is to elevate the beauty and wellness industry through continuing education, mentorship and collaboration among its members. Visit for more information.

About Belly Friendly:
Belly Friendly was created by Barefoot & Pregnant spa founder, Stacy Denney. Barefoot & Pregnant is an award-winning prenatal spa created in 2003. In response to demand from expecting parents and spa owners alike, Denney developed Belly Friendly, a partnership program that leverages the best practices of Barefoot & Pregnant in pregnancy awareness training, prenatal massage certification and marketing education. The Belly Friendly program is suitable for practices of all sizes. For more information on partnerships for therapists or spas, visit

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