CEIM Training Information

The Infant Massage USA(R) 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 USA(R) 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 USA(R) 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.

Members who are certified CEIMs also have access to special items in the Infant Massage USA online store.

For professionals, Infant Massage USA CEIM training is widely recognized as an Infant Massage Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider by many national associations and organizations in the US. Find more details onCEU credits

What are people saying about this course?  Read a few of the many testimonials.

Infant Massage USA’s 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

Learning Objective for Certified Educators of Infant Massage (CEIMs)


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.

Included in the training fee is a one-year Student Membership with Infant Massage USA beginning with the training date. This membership is updated to ‘CEIM Membership’ when the student receives CEIM status.

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.   You will be recognized world-wide as a Certified Educator with the International Association of Infant Massage headquartered in Sweden which has representatives in over 50 countries around the world.

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statements

Infant Massage USA® is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards.  An essential element of preserving the organization’s integrity is to avoid a circumstance where any IMUSA trainer receives any improper personal benefit from his or her service to the IMUSA organization.

1. The following Infant Massage Trainers have indicated a conflict of interest.

a. Suzanne P. Reese has authored the book “Baby Massage, Soothing Strokes for Healthy Growth”.

b. Jody Wright operates a warehouse that sells non-healthcare items for trainings. She is owner of Mother2baby and sells infant massage manuals for trainings.

c. DeAnna  Elliott has produced the documentary film, “Cellular Echoes”.

d. Linda Storm has created the “Tummy Trouble Onesie” imprinted with abdominal  stroke design.

e. Juliana Dellinger-Bavolek has authored the book “Infant Massage Handbook” published by Family Development Resources, Inc.

The above individuals have agreed to present information without bias and without promotion of their specified conflict of interest.

2. The planning committee and other trainer/faculty members of IMUSA do not have a conflict of interest.

3.  There is no commercial support for this event.

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