A touching moment… Embrace your baby and celebrate the benefits of nurturing touch.
Infant massage instruction (generally taught in 5 week sessions) is designed for parents who want to experience nurturing touch and bonding with their babies, through infant massage. In either individual or group sessions we will review a full body massage for the infant and discuss the importance of communication and cues, bonding, and the incredible benefits of massage. 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.
Benefits of Infant Massage:
Over the years, research has shown that infant massage has many benefits. These include (but are not limited to):
Necessary for overall healthy development of every system of the body, including the digestive system, immune system, nervous system (brain development), language development, physical growth, and more.
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 itself (self-regulation), and decreases levels of stress hormones.
Relief of Physical Discomfort:
Gastrointestinal problems, gas, colic, constipation and elimination, excess mucus, growing pains, muscular tension and more.
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.
Infant Massage allows a respectful, nurturing 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).
What to Expect During Classes:
As a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) I will demonstrate on a doll, while you practice on your infant or a doll. If a partner or caregiver is joining you, they can practice on a doll as well, so that you both become familiar with the strokes and massage routine. All you need is a towel, pillow, and your baby. You will receive free organic vegetable-based massage oil, course handouts, and I provide the practice dolls.
The classes work best as a series of 5 (on occasion a location may only have 4 weeks available and class is adjusted so that all materials are covered), are approximately 60-90 minutes each and include relaxation techniques and wonderfully supportive group conversation. Private sessions are also available.
Please view the schedule of classes, or contact me if you are interested, so I can begin to form a new class. If you have friends with little ones, and room in your home or access to a community space, you can put together your own series, and you will receive your classes for free (with four paying families).
Infant Massage Instruction is $60 for 4 week series (Care Connection only), or $75 for a 5 week series. Price includes one or two parents (or a caregiver) and one child. You can also upgrade your series to include the book Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents by Vimala McClure for an additional $15.
Individual/Private Infant Massage Instruction Sessions – Reduced rate for 5 sessions is $150 – that is only $30 per private session. For your convenience, private sessions are held in your home, with an additional fee for travel beyond 10 miles outside of Buffalo area. Your package also includes the book (listed above).
If you have families or friends with little ones, inquire about hosting a 5 week series in your own home. With 4 paying families, the host receives their class for free!