Better Baby Bonding Through Touch: Infant Massage Instructor Certification Class – Teaching Parents to Relax and Enhance their Relationship with their Babies through Touch
Students will learn to teach parents to massage their babies. Underlying the basics of massage strokes and routines that parents are taught is the empowerment and trust that parents learn. Every pregnant parent has an idealized vision of what life will be like after the baby is born; sometimes that vision becomes the reality, and the love affair between parent and baby is amazing. Sometimes, however, the reality is less than perfect, and parents may feel clueless, lost, or even at war with their babies. They are willing to do whatever it takes to become the parent they know they can be. Teaching this class to parents satisfies the needs of both groups: it will enhance the perfect relationship, and it will help the troubled relationship to become peaceful and relaxed.
Students will learn:
o Basic Massage strokes for babies at different stages of development
o Do’s and don’ts about massaging babies
o How to listen to both babies and parents
o Specialized routines for the solution to problems most requested by parents:
- Relief of colic, gas and constipation
- Problems with nursing and latching on
- Problems with getting baby to sleep
- How to soothe a cranky baby
o Routines for the pregnant mom to foster bonding and relaxation through touch even before baby is born
o Guided imagery and exercises to teach parents to relax themselves and their babies
o How to facilitate a positive relationship between parents and children
o How to set up and teach an Infant Massage class
o How to be an effective instructor
o How to market and promote your new service
This class is open to all Massage Therapists and Birthing Professionals – Childbirth Educators, Doulas, Midwives, Doctors and Nurses – and to anyone that works with parents and is interested in fostering healthy family relationships. The class teaches several of the relaxation techniques that are part of the HypnoBirthing® philosophy and training, but being a HypnoBirthing® Instructor or Parent is not a prerequisite. Students will receive certification as a “HypnoBirthing Infant Massage Educator”, and CEU credit hours for Massage Therapists and HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educators. Other professional CEUs may be available in the future.
Tuition for the 2 day class includes text, a syllabus for teaching parent classes, a CD that contains handouts that can be copied and distributed to parents, and a Power Point Presentation for teaching. Tuition may vary based on location, and may include a lifelike baby doll to use as a teaching aid in future classes. If dolls are not included in tuition, students will be given ordering instructions. Cost of the doll may vary, but will be in the $30 range.
About the Instructor and course creator: Kim Young is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and a graduate of the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. She is the owner of Body and Birth Wellness Center, where she specializes in services for the Childbearing Year – including helping prospective parents to overcome fertility challenges, Pregnancy Massage, Obstetrical CranioSacral Therapy, Childbirth Education and Infant Massage Classes. In addition to being a Massage Therapist (she was voted “Best Massage Therapist” in Sewickley, a suburb of Pittsburgh), she is also a Certified Hypnotherapist, a Birth Doula (DONA), and a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator. She recently received high honors from the HypnoBirthing ® Institute for her work in creating this Advanced Education program for the Institute. This Infant Massage class is a result of techniques learned both from the many advanced classes she has attended, and also from her experiences over the years of working with parents and babies.
If you are interested in hosting a class in the future, please contact Kim Young at 412-716-1559 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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