Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Become Certified
Infant Massage Educator Training PDF Print E-mail
Be a part of an international mission and help create compassionate communities.  

Do you wish you could take part in helping our world be a better place to live and raise children?  You can The International Association of Infant Massage, headquartered in Sweden , is the founding non-profit organization that pioneered the teaching of compassionate touch between parents, caregivers and their babies and children.  Our first instructor was trained in 1978.  Since then, thousands more have been trained across the globe, and the program Vimala McClure designed remains the leading program in infant massage parent educator trainings.  Once certified, students earn international status as Certified Educator of Infant Massage and are able to work anywhere in the world.  Infant Massage Parent Educators work with parents, families, caregivers and their children.  Our global mission is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community. In the United States, Vimala’s program is offered through Infant Massage USA (IMUSA) - The only USA Chapter of the International Association of Infant Massage - Sweden 

A volunteer father practices infant massage - a great way for fathers to bond with their babies

This is a 4-Day Infant Massage Parent Educator Certification Training that prepares the student for teaching parents & caregivers how to massage their infants and children. Our 15-point core curriculum is designed to offer students the knowledge base they need, the experience that is necessary and the confidence they seek to fulfill their role as a facilitator and guide for families.  Parent Educators work in private, group, hospital and agency settings. Parent Educators work with families of well babies and populations facing a variety of challenges. Parent Educators may also participate in studies at research hospitals; conduct in-service programs and present at professional conferences. Parent Educators may teach nurturing touch to caregivers anywhere in the world - the possibilities reach so far & wide!

This work is for all who care to share compassion. Although many Parent Educators already work in the healthcare profession, many do not. Because certification qualifies individuals as ‘Parent Educators’ who facilitate classes, guide families and model the strokes and techniques on a baby doll, students need not be ‘licensed to touch’ to qualify.  The Parent Educator's role is to support and empower parents and families in their roles as caregivers and nurturers.  The infant massage experience helps families recognize that they have the very tools, in their own heart & hands, to help their child.

Continuing Education Hours are available. Infant Massage USA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) . The course is approved for a total of 56 CEHs - the highest number of hours available in the field. Our  program is also recognized by the California Board of Registered Nurses. Other CEH awards may be granted. Please check with your governing body for details.

 About this Trainer...Suzanne is a Licensed and Registered Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and has earned National Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Among the many certifications she has earned, most relevant in this study and practice are: Pre & Perinatal Massage, Parent Education in Baby Massage, and Compassionate Touch for Those Hospitalized and Homebound. Suzanne is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. To learn more about Suzanne, please see our About page.

Watch a video of an Infant Massage Training Studies from around the world have shown that massage can reduce abuse, aggression & violence among children and within the family sructure. It can reduce pain, discomfort and emotional distress.  Massage can increase fine and gross motor skills, sensory integration and proprioceptive boundaries. Massage, when practiced with the appraoch we teach, can establish healthy and safe social development, sense of self, compassion and empathy. Massage can benefit our children's overall healthy growth and development. To view abstracts of related studies, please go to Touch Research Institutes.

Thank you for your interest in our course. Please check the schedule for a list of upcoming training dates ad feel free to watch this video (see image just above) to introduce you to our program.



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