Health Options Institute

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610-419-3535

Infant Massage & Instructor  Course

(16 Hours)

This all-encompassing in depth course will enable massage therapists, doulas, nurses, social workers, and others to teach parents and caretakers hands on techniques to safely incorporate infant massage into a daily routine. Students will receive a manual and sample massage oil.

Students will learn:

·         History of infant massage

·         Massage techniques and how to adapt these skills as infants develop

·         Communication, teaching, group facilitation and lesson planning skills

·         Effects and benefits of infant massage

·         Bonding and the relationship between massage and bonding

·         Infant and child development in relationship to massage

·         Infant cues, crying and behavioral states

·         Massage for special situations (colic, babies born prematurely or with other additional needs etc.)

·         Infant handling and positioning

·         Understanding, supporting and valuing parents

·         Touch Research

·         Marketing and promoting infant massage classes

·         Safety guidelines for the use of massage oils

This class awards a certificate for 16 hours through the NCBTMB and can be used toward PA or NJ license renewal.

About the Instructor

Jessica Ann, CD, CIMI, LMT, who teaches Pre & Post Natal Massage and the Infant Massage & Instructor Course, is a Certified Doula & Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She as doula provides emotional, educational, and physical support during pregnancy to prepare the mind and body for labor. Additionally, she provides prenatal, postpartum, and induction massage.

Jessica decided to become a doula after the wonderful experience she had with her doula in her first pregnancy, which greatly relieved her fears about pregnancy and childbirth. Thanks to Jessica’s doula, she was able to have wonderful memories of her birthing experience which she now shares with her daughter.

Soon after her birthing experience, Jessica studied massage at Health Options Institute and acquired her Massage License. She worked for multiple chiropractic practices and received certifications specializing in prenatal and postpartum massages.  Jessica became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, which allows her to provide parents and care takers with all the information and hands-on experience needed to safely incorporate massage techniques into their daily routine with their baby. 

Jessica further advanced to become a Birth Doula, completing training through DONA International, mentored with The Growing Place in Emmaus, PA and shadowed under DONA International Certified Doula since 2002 / Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Virginia Rivenbark.  Jessica has support moms at hospitals in North Eastern Pennsylvania consisting of both vaginal, cesarean births and vaginal birth after cesarean.  Beyond hospital births Jessica has supported moms birthing at home; including, water births with area midwives. To date she has supported 27 families in their birthing experience.

When Jessica is not doing prenatal work or attending a birth or conducting an infant massage workshop you can find her working at Thrive Wellness Center, a Holistic Wellness Center in Kingston PA, where she hosts and teaches classes to a self-started group called NEPA Moms-To-Be. Thrive gives her moms-to-be the opportunity to further educate themselves about nutrition and health care by Holistic Healthcare Practitioners, Licensed Nurse Practitioners, and Holistic Nutritional Consultants. Supplementary to her prenatal expertise Jessica additionally holds certifications in and practices Thai Massage, Reiki, and Aromatherapy. To learn more about Jessica Ann, go to her website at www.thehappymamaplace.com.

    Registration

 

Call 610-419-3535 or​ Contact Us. Register with at least a $40 deposit more than 3 weeks in advance for the lowest price and to save your spot.

Click here for a flyer. Attached is another flyer of a sample course you could teach after taking this instructor course.

If we have more than one scheduled class date, only the flyer for the first upcoming class is available online. To see other class dates click here for the Continuing Education Course Calendar.

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