Did you know the benefits of baby massage? Why not learn how to do it properly…

Posted on December 21st, 2011
Categories: News

You know what happens: The minute you put your baby down, she cries. Pick her up and, presto — she’s serene and smiley again. If just holding your baby can be so soothing, imagine how she’ll benefit from a full-body massage. In fact, studies have shown that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, help her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby’s ability to fight off germs.

“When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed. ”

Giving your infant regular massages is good for his emotional well-being too. “Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents, so they’re great ways for you to bond,”
Who can become an Infant Massage Educator?

Anyone interested to train others in Infant Massage – Moms, Pediatric nurses, Counsellors, Therapists and… you!

This is a “Training of Trainers” designed to prepare Infant Massage educators to instruct parents how to massage their babies.

CEIM Trainer Jody Wright

Jody Wright is a presenter/trainer for Infant Massage USA’s courses. She was trained 21 years ago by Vimala McClure, author of Infant Massage, A Handbook for Loving Parents, and was a founding board member of the International Association for Infant Massage Instructors in 1986 now known as the International Association of Infant Massage headquartered in Sweden.

As a La Leche League leader, a Certified Lactation Counselor and Infant Massage Trainer, and as the president of Motherwear , a catalog and website for breastfeeding mothers for 20 years, Jody Wright has dedicated her career to supporting positive relationships between parents and their babies. She is the mother of five and specializes in breastfeeding, massage and bonding with the adopted child.

She has published over 25 articles for parents, and received numerous awards, including the La Leche League International Award of Appreciation at their International Conference in July 1995.

Here are a few comments from people who have taken Infant Massage Instructor Training with Jody:

“Jody is a dynamic instructor. She is kind, gifted, and a pleasure to be with. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her.”

“The instructor conveyed that the real message behind massage was to touch – make a connection with your baby – that message all too often missed by people like myself who ‘provides therapy’ not ‘teaches one to massage for a lifetime.'”

CEIM Training Information
The Infant Massage educator training is an evidence-based comprehensive 4-day training course. The Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) course covers all aspects of instructing parents on infant massage as well as supporting and loving their babies through nurturing touch.

Personal development of the educator is an integral part of the training. The opportunity to practice and teach the
strokes to parents prepares the student to organize and conduct classes, whether individual or group, with confidence.

Each Infant Massage member who is a CEIM is listed on our national Educator Directory with his/her location and contact information. This helps parents find classes offered in their area.

Infant Massage members who are CEIMs have the opportunity to participate in the email group chat to share ideas, network with and learn from fellow CEIMs.

CEIMs also receive monthly newsletter to learn and share new research, receive book reviews, topics in the news as well as announcements about upcoming events, new programs and opportunities.

Infant Massage internationally recognized CEIM Training:
• Is comprehensive, evidence-based, interactive and personal.
• Is based on the 15-point curriculum developed by Vimala McClure, author of Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents
• Offers three opportunities to participate in supervised parent-baby infant massage classes
• Presents protocol, adaptations and techniques to work with families and their babies born prematurely and/or with special needs.
• Involves both practical and theoretical work.
The training curriculum covers:
• History of Infant Massage and of the IAIM
• Massage techniques and how to adapt these skills as infants develop
• Communication, teaching, group facilitation and lesson planning skills
• Effects and benefits of infant massage
• Bonding and the relationship between massage and bonding
• Infant and child development in relationship to massage
• Infant cues, crying and behavioral states
• Massage for special situations (colic, babies born prematurely or with other additional needs, etc.)
• Infant handling and positioning
• Understanding, supporting and valuing parents
• Touch research
• Marketing and promoting massage classes
• Safety guidelines for the use of oils
About CEIM Certification
To Qualify as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) you must:
• Attend all parts of the four-day certification training
• Complete the required reading and an open-book exam
• Complete a practicum working with 5 different parents/infants during 5 sessions
• Submit certification package to International Trainer for review within specified time limit.

VENUE: Didi’s office in Kilimani, Nairobi
Date: 12-15 Jan 2012
Time: 9 AM- 4 PM

Organizer: Didi Ruchira
[email protected] 0733-895466

Cost: Ksh 18,000