What qualifications do I need to teach baby massage?

Students must hold an Ofqual accredited Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology – or equivalent, or higher. Without an accredited Diploma, you may be able to attend the course, but you will not receive an FHT, CThA or IICT accredited certificate.

How do I become a baby massage instructor?

In order to become a fully Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) you will have to complete the following:

  1. Attend a 4-day training course (details below)
  2. Complete within 4 months following the course:
  3. Submit completed parent evaluation forms after teaching a 5-week course to a minimum of five families.

What is infant massage therapy?

Infant massage is the process of rubbing an infant’s muscles and stroking the infant in a manner specifically designed for them. Although there are professionally trained and certified infant massage therapists, the obvious first choice to massage the baby is the mother, father, grandparent, or guardian.

What qualities are important in a baby massage instructor?

Be honest and trustworthy as an instructor. Be professional before, during and after the class. Do not take relationships outside the classroom whilst the client is receiving tuition. The client always comes first.

When can I start massaging my baby?

around 4-6 weeks old
Generally, infant massage is suitable from birth but most parents start to attend classes when baby is around 4-6 weeks old. Before this, although babies love nurturing touch, being in a class can seem overwhelming for babies. Having said that we sometimes have babies as young as 2-3 weeks in sessions.

How do you massage a constipated baby?

To massage your baby’s tummy, place warmed hands on their tummy at or below the belly button. This is a small area, but it’s important to target the bowel. Using flat palms gently stroke downward, using hand over hand, a paddling type motion.

What happens if baby cries during massage?

Reading your baby’s cues is the most important aspect of massage. Your baby will tell you when the massage needs to end and which strokes she’s likes or dislikes. If your baby starts to cry during the massage, she is telling you that she has had enough.

Does massage increase baby weight?

Massage stimulates a key nerve, called the vagus nerve, which connects the brain with important parts of the body, including the stomach. Stimulating this nerve can improve digestion and bowel movement, helping your baby to gain weight (Diego et al 2014).

How do I make my baby fart?

To help relieve the gas, all you have to do is lay the baby on their back and alternate gently pushing their knees to their chest, like they’re riding a bike. You only need to do this a couple of times before tenderly pulling down on both of their legs and pushing them both back up to their chest.

What is the I Love You massage?

‘I Love U’ on the tummy Make a single downward stroke with your right hand on the left side of your baby’s tummy (your right). Make an upside down ‘U’, going from your baby’s lower right side, up, across and down the left side of the baby’s tummy. Say the words ‘I love you’ as you go through the strokes.