Infant Massage Instructor Teaches Skin-to-Skin Benefits - by admin@mcb on February 21 2017

Infant Massage Instructor Teaches Skin-to-Skin Benefits

Infant Massage and Skin-to-Skin Benefits

Infant massage instructors know that skin-to-skin contact for babies is more scientifically and physiologically based than many people realize. There is a link between the skin and the brain that begins with the very earliest stage of human embryonic development.  Upon conception, the fertilized egg travels to the uterus where it attaches.  The next stage of development is the division of the cell into three “layers”, known as the endoderm, the mesoderm, and the ectoderm.

•    The endoderm develops mainly into organs.
•    The  mesoderm develops mainly into bone and muscle.
•    The ectoderm develops into the SKIN and the BRAIN, and the nervous system.

One way to look at this is to say that “the skin is the outermost part of the brain, and the brain is the innermost part of the skin”.

Because of the link of development between the skin and the brain, a relationship has been shown between skin-to-skin touch after birth and intelligence.  The more tactile stimulation a baby receives in its first months of life up through the first year can impact their brain development permanently.

Skin Contact and Breastfeeding

Uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth has significant impact on infant brain development, and also on breastfeeding rates and duration.
One of the earliest studies on infant breast self-attachment was published in the Lancet Medical Journal. Dr. Leonart Righard of Sweden studied the ability of a newborn to breast crawl if it was separated from its mother within the first hour after birth, or was medicated during the birthing process. The study involved 72 vaginally delivered infants. The babies were placed naked on their mother’s stomach and given the opportunity to crawl to the breast on their own. Of the unseparated, unmedicated babies, all 17 crawled to the breast and 16 sucked correctly. Of the separated, medicated babies, 4 made it to breast but all four failed to suckle correctly, while 15 failed to breast crawl at all.

Separation alone, and medication alone also interfered with breast crawling and suckling. Of the separated, unmedicated babies, 14 of 15 crawled to the breast, but only 7 of them sucked correctly. Of the unseparated, medicated babies, 11 crawled to the breast and 8 of them sucked correctly, while 10 failed to breast crawl at all.

For more information on the importance of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact until after the first breastfeeding experience, visit

Become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor

To become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Institute of Somatic Therapy offers an online massage therapy continuing education course, approved by the NCBTMB for 16 CEs. Click here to enroll today.

How Fertility Massage Techniques Can Lead to Pregnancy - by admin@mcb on February 14 2017

How Fertility Massage Techniques Can Lead to Pregnancy

How Fertility Massage Techniques Can Lead to Pregnancy

Infertility is estimated to affect approximately 10-15% of couples who are within childbearing age. There are many causes to this condition, on both the male and female side of the equation. One of the common causes of female infertility is a blockage in the Fallopian tubes. Fertility massage has been found to be helpful in these cases.

When a woman has blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes, one of two things will happen. Either the sperm will not reach the egg, or the fertilized egg will not reach the uterus. Fallopian tubes can become damaged or blocked in a variety of ways, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, or scarring from injuries or surgeries.

Benefits of Fertility Massage

The benefits to fertility massage are many.  By performing a specific set of bodywork techniques to the abdomen, some or all of the following benefits can help improve fertility.

  • Improves circulation to the reproductive organs. This improved circulation brings fresh oxygenated blood and nutrients to the organs, as well as to the ova.
  • Loosens scar tissue and clear blockages to the Fallopian tubes
  • Restores the uterus to its normal position and shape if it has become tilted or compressed by the intestines
  • Helps relax a stomach that is hardened from stress or digestive issues. Improves digestive health and nutrient absorption by promoting small intestine health
  •  Helps to achieve hormonal balance (Dr. John Lee, in his book Hormonal Balance Made Simple, says that hormonal balance starts in the digestive system)
  • Promotes liver health to process toxins from the body

Becoming Certified in Fertility Massage

Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a 16 CE course in fertility massage. Course topics include: Reproductive Anatomy, Causes of Infertility, Benefits of Fertility Massage, Contraindications, Outcome Based Evidence, Fertility Massage Steps (Routine), and the Impact on Fertility of Aromatherapy, Herbs, Diet, and Exercise.  Click here to get started today.

Massage Eases Fibromyalgia Pain - by admin@mcb on February 02 2017

Massage Eases Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia Research

Over the past twenty years, medical studies in both the United States and Europe show positive correlation between massage therapy and the reduction of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) pain. The National Fibromyalgia Association website has a comprehensive list of fibromyalgia related research available here.

Massage therapy has been widely used for fibromyalgia for many years. According to Mayo Clinic Proceedings (citation: 80(1):55-60), alternative medicine techniques are being used by 98% of FMS patients. When asked to name their preferred treatment to treat pain, 44% named massage therapy. The Journal American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 12(8):311-6, placed that number even higher, with 75% of FMS patients reporting that they receive regular massage therapy to lessen their symptoms.

Special Training for Fibromyalgia Massage

With such a high number of FMS patients seeking massage therapy, massage therapists should consider advanced training to address the unique needs of these clients. The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a fibromyalgia massage therapy continuing education course that gives massage therapists a variety of tools to address FMS pain.

Therapists taking this course will learn several fibromyalgia massage techniques. These include two types of neuromuscular re-education: passive (for patients who are experiencing extreme pain), and active (for patients who are stronger). The course also teaches lymph gland work at major lymph drainage points, a series of stretches to promote muscle mobility, and reflexology targeting PMS, a common ailment associated with fibromyalgia. The therapist can pick and choose among these techniques for their FMS clients, applying the techniques that are most appropriate for each client based on their particular levels of pain.

To learn more about the course, or to get started today, click here.

About the Institute of Somatic Therapy

Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education Approved Provider, #280672-00. Students taking this course earn 16 CEUs valid for NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, and most states.