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Infant Massage: Free Class beginning February 27, 2022!

Mandy Bishop, RMT is completing certification in Infant Massage Instruction with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).

Mandy looks forward to working with families and their children as an Infant Massage Instructor in addition to the Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage Therapy she offers at Mandala Massage.


There is a free participation opportunity for 3 families during Mandy's practicum. Infant massage classes will be offered every Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am beginning Sunday February 27 and ending Sunday March 27, 2022. Due to COVID-19, classes will be hosted over zoom.


If you would like to learn infant massage techniques for your child, please contact reception@mandalamassageregina.com or call the clinic at 306-559-7770 and we would be happy to provide more information and register your family for the course.


Attendance on each day is preferred, and infants should be 12 months of age or less.


Infant Massage Instruction Practicum Course Dates

Sunday February 27, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Sunday March 6, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Sunday March 13, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Sunday March 20, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Sunday March 27, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am


During the classes, the parent(s) or primary caregiver(s) will learn to massage their child to promote parent-child bonding, stimulation of baby's body systems and neural development, induce relaxation and support healthy sleep and digestion for the baby while the instructor demonstrates on a doll. For more information on the benefits of Infant Massage, please feel free to reference the International Association of Infant Massage website here.


Benefits of Infant Massage

Interaction

Regular massage promotes quality time with both parents:

  • For bonding and secure attachment

  • Feeling loved, valued and respected

  • Early contact with both parents, developing empathy

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication, using all senses

  • Developing trust and confidence

Stimulation

Regular massage supports infant development by:

  • Stimulation of all body systems including the digestive, hormonal, immune and circulatory systems, as well as promotes elimination, muscle tone, and joint mobility

  • Improving emotional self-regulation

  • Experiencing body's sensing, coordination and balance to increase body awareness

  • Encouraging language development with vocalizations and communication

  • Releasing neuro-mediators involved in brain development

  • Improving sleep quality

  • Encouraging parent-directed learning and concentration

Relief

Parents describe that massage helps relieve:

  • Gastrointestinal issues: colic, constipation and gas

  • Teething discomfort, excess mucus

  • Growing pains and muscle cramps

Relaxation

Massage engages the parasympathetic nervous system to promote relaxation, indicated by:

  • Deeper sleep

  • Improved sleep patterns

  • More flexibility and relaxed muscle tone

  • Regulation of behavioural states

  • Being calm and being able to calm themselves (self-soothing)

  • Reduction in stress hormones

  • Increase in "feel good" hormones (Oxytocin)


Benefits to Society

IAIM Program: Promoting Social Engagement & Solidarity

The Infant Massage courses are designed to support parents or primary caregivers by providing opportunities to enhance sensitive parenting skills development and to promote child development education, acting against violence and child maltreatment.


Infant Massage Courses:

  • Reduce parental loneliness by providing a opportunity to discuss parenting with others

  • Provide support to parents from others in the group as well as the instructor

  • Helps the couple to adjust after birth

  • Can help to reduce the incidence of postpartum depression

Infant Massage courses offered by certified educators promote positive touch, which nurtures both babies and parents. In doing so, it promotes nervous system regulation and healthy bonding for both the parent and the child.


We look forward to working with families through Infant Massage Instruction, and to working with our participants during the practicum!