Become a Certified Baby Massage Therapist
Photo: Kate Neidigh
Both research and anecdotal evidence from families have shown that there are many ways that babies and families may benefit from infant massage. According to the International Association of Infant Massage, the benefits can be grouped into four categories: Interaction, Stimulation, Relief and Relaxation. All sound amazing if you ask us! Now’s your chance to become a certified infant massage therapist. The association is offering a certification course in Seattle in August. It cost $650 to get certified and you must be 18 years of age. Here are the details, we should note – it’s not easy!
To become certified, one must:
Attend the four day (five days if translated into another language) practical training with a certified IAIM trainer.
- Complete practice teachings with families.
- Successfully complete studying, exam and evaluations.
Once you’re a certified instructor, you can:
- Teach massage to parents or direct caregivers in the presence of the babies or the children
- Do in-services or talks about infant massage with the goal of encouraging parents and care-givers along to classes.
- Respect IAIM policies in order to stay a CIMI (certified infant massage instructor) and member of their IAIM Chapter.
You get to teach parents how to massage their babies for confident bonding, attachment and communication, complete health and happiness!
The next training session is scheduled for August 10-13th. For more information and to register, visit www.infantmassageusa.org.