Infant Massage Instruction

Currently, I am offering only the 4 day certification course, to become a Certified Educator of Infant Massage – CEIM.  Please contact me for upcoming trainings throughout the US- the training is currently not offered in NY State.

About Infant Massage… Why might I want to become an educator to teach parents?

Instruction is designed for parents who want to experience nurturing touch and bonding with their babies. In either individual or group sessions we will review nurturing techniques and discuss the importance of communication and cues, bonding, and the incredible developmental benefits. Group sessions provide a fully supportive environment for additional sharing and learning from one another and are located throughout your community.

Classes are best designed for infants between the ages of 6 weeks and one year.  You may also consider a private session where we can explore more adaptations for special needs.

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Benefits of Nurturing Touch:

baby foot being massagedOver the years, research has shown that nurturing touch has many benefits. These include (but are not limited to):

Stimulation:

Necessary for overall healthy development of every system of the body, including brain development, language development, growth, and more.

Relaxation:

Helps to relieve tension (especially after the introduction to a new world), improves sleep patterns (increasing infant’s ability to sleep restfully), improves ability of infant to calm themself  (self-regulation), and decreases levels of stress hormones.

Relief of Discomforts:

With relaxation and support often comes a natural relief of typical discomforts related to dysregulation and  colic.

Nurturing and Bonding:

Touch is critical to the bonding process. Touch assists in the communication process, and research indicates that it leads to a better established child, leading to positive benefits throughout the lifespan.

Special Needs:

Nurturing touch allows a respectful approach for the child with special needs, including: adopted babies (to enhance bonding), substance abuse and drug exposed babies, babies born prematurely, HIV infected babies, those with developmental delays, neglected or abused infants, and depressed infants (and mothers).

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