Practical infant massage techniques

  • The Permission Sequence
  • Safe positioning for baby massage
  • Points to remember prior to massage
  • Massage demonstration (full-body massage routine)
  • Infant exercises for lymphatic drainage and flexibility
  • Touch relaxation

Formal theory

  • IMIS Methodology
  • Benefits of baby massage
  • Basic daily cycle of an infant and appropriate timing for massage
  • Appropriate oils to use on infants and children
  • Stress signals during massage
  • Colic
  • Contraindications

Altering techniques for special circumstances

  • Massage for wind, colic and constipation
  • Massage for reflux (silent and vomiting)
  • Massage for children with special needs
  • Touch therapy for pre-term infants

Respecting children as people

  • Bonding
  • Spoiling and crying
  • Listening to the infant during massage

Considering the parents

  • The importance of parent relaxation
  • Post-natal depression
  • Post-natal psychosis

How to utilise your qualification

  • Running parent classes and introductions
  • Marketing parent classes
  • Preparation from step 1
  • Class strategies
  • Paperwork and record keeping

Awareness and adaptations

  • Newborn reflexes
  • Developmental milestones
  • Massage for the older child

Technicalities

  • The child protection act
  • Customer Service
  • Insurance recommendations
  • Correct terminology for teaching and promotion
  • Recommended fee structure
Certified Instructors earn from $75 - $435 per hour for private appointments and classes. Paediatric Massage Consultants earn up to $350 for a one hour presentation for a professional group.

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