The R.M.T. Working with Infants and Children

Course Content

 

This course provides the participant with a thorough knowledge about utilizing Massage Therapy with infants and children. Upon completing this 16 – 20 hour course, the Massage Therapist/student will have a clear understanding about the realities of infant life from birth through the first year, how massage can be taught to families to augment parenting skills, how massage can be adapted for children and families with special needs, and the role that the Massage Therapist can play in educating families in the need for healthy and respectful touch with their children.

Classes are composed of theory/lectures, demonstrations, hands-on practice, DVD’s, discussions, guest speakers, and clinical experience.

By attending this course, the participant will learn about:

  • Theory and practical techniques for providing infant massage to babies with an emphasis on teaching caregivers to work with their own children via massage.
  • Information about utilizing Massage Therapy for infants and children with special needs. This includes discussion about Massage Therapy within the neonatal hospital setting.
  • An overview of Massage Therapy research as it pertains to Infant Massage.

Summary of Topics Covered

  • The Infant at Birth: Physiology and Health Care
  • Bonding/attachment
  • Infant growth and development
  • Benefits of infant massage
  • Infant massage instruction: techniques for a full-body massage
  • Touch relaxation
  • Signals/cues
  • Guest visitors: parent and baby
  • Different ages
  • Crying
  • Colic
  • Teaching infant massage to parents
  • Preparation for clinic
  • Case history gathering, record keeping
  • DVD’s will be interspersed throughout the course
  • Infant Massage Instructional Clinics
  • Babies with medical histories
  • Contraindications/exclusions
  • Massage therapy for children
  • Adapting massage for children who have special needs/medical or paediatric histories
  • Current research related to massage therapy for infants & children
  • Integrating Infant & Pediatric Massage into a Massage Therapy Practice
  • Community resources
  • Marketing/fees

Trimester courses are recognized for Continuing Education Units. M.T.’s in varied locations should check with their local governing body for accreditation of this course.

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