What is Infant Massage?
Infant massage takes you a step beyond cuddling and can be a fun way to provide an emotional and physical link between parent and infant. It’s a way to communicate and convey affection and a sense of security. It can provide the infant relief from daily stress or discomfort from constipation, trapped gas or teething. Massaging babies for up to 15 minutes a day can help to increase circulation, promote relaxation, aid the digestive and respiratory systems, and relieve muscle tension. Infant massage is also a wonderful way for fathers, siblings, grandparents and other caregivers to be involved with the new baby in a loving way that they both can enjoy.
The practice involves a combination of relaxing strokes, light kneading, and gentle squeezing. It uses the same strokes that generations of parents all over the world have practiced, yet it becomes a rhythmic dance that is uniquely personal between the parent and baby when experienced at home from day-to-day.
“Nature needs nurturing to reach its maximum intended potential,” states Dr. Bruce LIPTON, author of The Biology of Belief (2005). Dr. Lipton has allowed for portions of his book to be implemented into the IAIM® program. We continue to add current evidence-based research that supports the vital need for touch. Infant massage focuses on touch because touch transcends the circumstances of birth, wealthy or indigent parents, well babies or special needs, all babies need nurturing touch and compassionate communication for healthy development. Affectionate tactile stimulation is a basic human need.
Healthier Starts to Promote Healthier Futures:
Total family health includes physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. The term “dysfunctional family” has become common place in our society. The common features of a “dysfunctional family” are considered a lack of empathy, understanding, and sensitivity towards certain family members, inadequate or missing boundaries, and disrespect of others’ boundaries. This program is designed with the intention of facilitating healthy and balanced family development, encouraging more of our community to take responsibility for their family health. Transitioning to the term “happy, balanced and fully-functional family.”
While nurturing touch is an important step toward family attachment, there are many other facets to healthy family development that this program intends to encourage.
Babies and parents go through a natural process in which the ‘cooing’ transfers to ‘words’. Touch is a baby’s first language and dialogue is the second. Both nurturing touch and compassionate communication, are essential for healthy family development, because you are giving your baby the opportunity to relax and release in a safe and compassionate environment…your loving hands.
The hope is to develop classes that will enhance positive family experiences that nurture the body, mind and spirit of the family unit. As these children enter society they will benefit the community by bringing the nurturing and compassionate skills they have learned at home to the classrooms and playgrounds where they learn academics and social integration. In conclusion, the future of our world starts with our children and family dynamics, at home. I firmly believe that infant massage has the capacity to affect change within our communities.
Why Attend the Course?
Would you like to be able to recognize your baby’s non-verbal cues, bond through loving touch, help relieve their colic discomfort, and many other beneficial skills to benefit your relationship and their development? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then an infant massage class is perfect for you and your family.
This course is taught over a 4 week period, to give both the parent and baby time to learn and become comfortable with the massage. Each week parents learn strokes for a new part of the body while reviewing strokes from previous classes. New strokes are learned and previous information is reinforced. I teach a little at a time to ensure that you are confident with every aspect.
The strokes and styles of baby massage are easier to grasp when demonstrated by an instructor. Pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage, respect, bonding, why baby cries, baby’s body language, positioning of the baby, relaxation and parent empowerment are some of the skills and topics that will be discussed.
What to Expect:
Classes are held in small groups to ensure personalized attention.
Classes are baby led. In this class, it’s okay for babies to cry!
Supportive group sessions where parents can share experiences and learn from each other while having fun.
Recommended age for group classes is from 3 weeks to crawling.
Benefits of Infant Massage:
- Improved Sleep Patterns
- Reduction of Stress
- Enhanced Motor Development
- Improved Interaction in Family
- Help for Depressed Babies and Mothers
- Increased Weight Gain for Premature Infants
- Helpful for Cocaine-exposed babies
- Safe for Medically Fragile Infants
Course Dates & Time:
Saturday April 7th 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Saturday April 14th 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Saturday April 21st 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Saturday April 28th 11:00AM – 12:30PM
*classes are generally 1 hour but we are on baby time. Please allow for additional time, if needed, to accommodate the babies of the class*
$250.00 Non-refundable $25.00 registration fee
Remaining balance due on or before 1st class
*unless other payment arrangements have been made
One Family Birth Center
1108 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite C
Anchorage, AK 99508
Space is limited so reserve your place TODAY!
About the Instructor & Contact Information:
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Educator of Infant Massage. I am the proud owner of 2 locally owned businesses: Ease Your Burdens Massage Therapy and Faithful Hands, LLC where I share the space with other massage therapists that have private practices. I have been a licensed massage therapist over 5 years and it is my passion.
The power of touch and the bond between mother and baby have always been important to me and the vision I have for our community, to build loving families that encourage loving adults that have compassion for themselves and others. As a wife and mother of three, I know that this begins in the home. Infant massage is an extraordinary way to begin this journey down the path to healthy starts and loving homes. Contact me to learn how!
Claudette Burden, LMT CEIM
*One or both parents and older siblings WELCOME! If possible, it is highly recommended that both parents attend.
*Private classes available, please contact for more info