(4 classes, 1-week apart: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22)
The Infant Massage courses by Mind Body Family are based on the curriculum taught by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). At Mind Body Family, our courses are designed to help parents better understand their baby, learn how to read and respect their baby’s cues, and to enhance the connection between infants and their parents. In addition to learning the actual IAIM massage strokes, parents will also learn about behavioral states, infant cues, Gentle Movements (vital for an infant’s development, especially the connection between brain hemispheres), newborn reflexes, a special “Gas and Colic Routine”, and research-based facts about Infant Massage. (Read more about the Gas and Colic Routine and the Gentle Movements below).
The 4-week group course is designed for infants that are pre-crawling. This is not because Infant Massage should stop once your baby is crawling - throughout the course we will discuss many ways in which the strokes can be modified as your child grows, and how important it is to continue a connection with your child as they grow. We set the age limit at pre-crawling because as babies get older they are often more curious and more mobile which can make the class more difficult for the parents and the baby. Mind Body Family offers private Infant Massage sessions (a 3-week course) in addition to the 4-week group class. These Private Sessions are recommended for parents with older children wanting to learn Infant Massage.