What kind of Training is offered to potential educators by Infant Massage USA?
Infant Massage is a comprehensive evidenced based program that encourages parents to touch, massage and bond with their baby.
How long does the course last?
The course is a 4-day course and normally runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
What does the training course cover?
Infant Massage USA(R) follows a 15-point core curriculum that meets the requirements of the International Association of Infant Massage with headquarters in Sweden.
The curriculum covers:
- History of Infant Massage and Infant Massage USA
- Demonstration of strokes and gentle activities
- Three-day practicum class with parents and babies
- Benefits of Infant Massage
- Understanding infant crying and comforting techniques
- Infant behavioral states, cues and reflexes
- Bonding and attachment
- Emotional self awareness and support needs
- Communication skills
- Group facilitation skills
- Adaptations for the growing child
- Special situations and adaptation for babies born prematurely and those with special health or developmental considerations
- Touch and massage research
- Public relations and marketing
- Teaching Skills
*The three-day practicum consists of a 60-minute live parent-baby class on days 2, 3 & 4 of the Training. On day 2, the students observe the Trainer teaching families. On days 3 & 4, the students conduct supervised parent-baby classes so they have the opportunity to experience teaching a class in a supervised setting. Following each class, students participate in Q & A sessions designed to reinforce and enhance the student’s learning foundation and ability to facilitate and guide groups.
Why don’t students or CEIMs massage the babies?
A baby’s first language is touch, and massage is a foundation to establish a strong bond and attachment. An Infant Massage educator’s role is as ‘Parent Educator’ and not massage therapist. In an effort to carry out the Infant Massage USA mission, educators are trained to empower families as the caregivers and nurturers of their children. It is critical that they guide the family to learn the strokes not do the strokes for them. If educators massage the baby, then they are assuming a role that belongs to the parents and caregivers
What are the requirements to become certified?
To earn your infant massage educator certification, you must:
- Attend the 4-day certification training
- Complete the required reading open-book exam
- Complete a hands-on practicum working with 5 different parents/infants providing 5 infant massage sessions
- Submit certification package to trainer for review.
Once you have completed these requirements, you will be certified as a CEIM (Certified Educator of Infant Massage) and become a full member of Infant Massage USA(R). Your certification will be recognized world-wide through the International Association of Infant Massage with headquarters in Sweden. Come enjoy this life changing course!
What will this certification qualify me to do?
Following your certification, you will be qualified to teach parents/caregivers how to massage their infants in a one-on-one setting or in a group setting.
In addition, to promote infant massage, qualified CEIMs may offer the Infant Massage program to the public and professional groups through lectures, media presentations and displays.
Important note: Completion of the Infant Massage training program and/or certification does not certify instructors to be hands-on massage therapists or qualify a participant as certified to train others on how to teach infant massage.
Is my certification recognized in other countries?
Yes, your certification is in over 50 different countries around the world that have chapters and representatives with the International Association of Infant Massage with headquarters in Sweden.
Can the Infant Massage Training Course satisfy continuing education requirements (CEUs, CEHs, PDHs)?
Infant Massage USA training is the most widely recognized Infant Massage Continuing Education Provider in the United States. To learn more about which associations and organization accept CEU from out training, see the Continuing Education Units page.
Are there any background requirements or special qualifications needed to take the training?
We encourage anyone 18 years of age or older who has a desire to teach parents to massage their babies to take the educator course. Vimala McClure, who introduced Infant Massage to the US in the 1970s, had a vision that infant massage be passed down from mother to daughter as it had been in other cultures from the beginning of time.