Using Infant Massage as a Therapeutic Tool
Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)
Nikki Rosen-Lieberman, MA, OTR/L
Various (Intro/Intermediate) Level Course
Location & Hotel Info.
The sense of touch is our first language. It is used to help find nourishment as well as to communicate expressions of feelings. It is through touch that we first feel love, caring and a sense of safety and respect. These feelings promote a sense of bonding between a child and their caregiver. It is here that relationships begin.
Infant massage has been used as a bonding tool for many generations and in many cultures. It is also been used as a therapeutic tool for “fussy” babies, colic, constipation or to ease the neuromuscular stress due to deformity and disability. Massage is soothing for both the giver and receiver, promoting a positive communication bond through touch.
This seminar will cover the developmental stages of the infant and baby ages 0-6 months, along with the use of infant massage as a means to impact the emotional and physical development of an infant, baby and caregiver. The various strokes will be demonstrated, practiced and experienced by the participant. How and where to begin using the techniques learned in this seminar will be discussed as well as outlining the certification process and requirements for future consideration. Infant and baby games will also be included as another means of play and engagement.
A list of required materials to bring will be included in your confirmation email. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a doll 18-22” long whose clothing is removable. Participants will be provided with massage oil.
This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs
Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Identify the importance of bonding, engagement, and attachment.
2. Recognize the appropriate amount and type of stimulation for a babies, ages 0-6 months.
3. Explain and experience infant massage strokes in a sequential manner for immediate use and practice.
4. Apply infant massage principles to “at risk populations” such as pre-maturity, colic, constipation, neurological involvement.
5. Use massage techniques and play interaction with the older baby.
Schedule* 6 Contact Hours
8:30 • Background of infant massage • Bonding and attachment
• The sense of touch • Oils • Centering yourself
• Asking permission / Infant Cues • Touch relaxation
• Over view of massage strokes
10:30 Massage strokes, demonstrated & practiced
1:00 • Continuation of strokes • Gentle movements
• Swaddling • Abbreviated massage
• Special considerations
3:00 • Massage and the older child • Baby games, songs, books, play
• Infant massage certification process • A total massage
• Q & A • Ending Thoughts
*Topic times may vary; contact hours do not.