TRIMESTERS Massage Therapy Education

The Massage Therapist Working with Infants and Children

To register, contact

Cindy McNeely, R.M.T.
Toronto cell: 416-803-7092
Picton: 613-476-1116

or mail our registration form (PDF) to

11 Downes Ave.
Picton, Ontario
K0K 2T0

This course provides the participant with a thorough knowledge about infants and children. Upon completing this 3-day, 20-hour training course, the Massage Therapist/student will have a clear understanding about the realities of infant life from birth through the first year, how massage can be taught to families to augment parenting skills, how massage can be adapted for children and families, with special needs,and the role that the Massage Therapist can play in educating families in the need for healthy and respectful touch with their children.

Classes will be composed of lectures, reading assignments, videos, discussions, guest speakers, field trips, and practical experience.

By attending this course, the participant will learn about:

  • Theory and practical techniques for providing infant massage to babies with an emphasis on teaching caregivers to work with their own children via massage.
  • A basic introduction considering infant massage for children with special needs. This includes discussion about Massage Therapy within the neonatal hospital setting.
  • An overview of Massage Therapy research as it pertains to Infant Massage.

Summary of Topics Covered

  • The Infant at Birth: Physiology and Health Care
  • Bonding/attachment
  • Infant growth and development
  • Benefits of infant massage
  • Infant massage instruction: techniques for a full-body massage
  • Touch relaxation
  • Signals/cues
  • Guest visitors: parent and baby
  • Different ages
  • Crying
  • Colic
  • Teaching infant massage to parents
  • Preparation for clinic
  • Case history gathering, record keeping
  • Videos and a slide presentation will be interspersed throughout the course
  • Infant massage clinic: 2 session
  • Babies with medical histories
  • Contraindications/exclusions
  • Massage therapy for children
  • Adapting massage for children who have special needs
  • Current research related to massage therapy for children
  • Integrating infant massage into a massage therapy practice
  • Community resources
  • Marketing/fees

Trimesters' Infant Massage Instructor Course is recognized by the College of Massage Therapists (C.M.T.O.) for 10 Continuing Education Credits.

Next course dates:

September 18-20, 2015, Toronto

Space in this popular course is limited. Register now to avoid disappointment.