Massage Therapy CEs | Prenatal/Doula/Infant Courses
Certified Infant Massage Therapist~Instructor
Massage Therapy continuing education CEUs earned: 16. The average massage therapist should expect to devote one clock hour for every CE credit earned, based on NCBTMB calculations. These are online, home study CEs. They are not "live" hours.
Course classification: Kinesthetic (course materials teach specific techniques to use on clients during a massage therapy session.)
Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). New York Massage therapists please note: You are not authorized to teach any persons who are not licensed as massage therapists to give massage to another person. This includes teaching infant massage to new parents. Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you.
Canada Massage Therapy approval, acceptance:
This course has been approved by the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia for 8 primary CEUs. (One CEU is equivilent to two clock hours of instruction.)
Effective April 3, 2018 - April 3, 2020, this course is approved by the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba for 16 primary/core competency credits.
It also meets requirements for Ontario (CMTO), NHPC in Alberta, and is potentially valid for other Canadian assocations. Please refer to your individual association rules to determine if this course is valid for your Canada massage therapy continuing education requirements.
Tuition: We offer two enrollment options:
- Online: U.S. $159 for online course and test awarding 16 CEs. There will be a one-time $35 certification fee payable if and when you submit the documentation to earn the title of Certified Infant Massage Therapist~Instructor.
- By mail: U.S. $184 plus shipping for materials by mail. Students who enroll by mail will have instant access to online materials, and will receive a hard copy of the printed student handout by mail, usually shipped within 10 business days of enrollment. Mailed material is our bound student handout only. Online access is required for video clips and PDF files attached to the online course. You may print the PDF files if you want a hard copy. We no longer offer a hard copy of the video portion of this course. There will be a one-time $35 certification fee payable if and when you submit the documentation to earn the title of Certified Infant Massage Therapist~Instructor.
Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your certificate. To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course
Package Special Prices: If you wish to take this course in a bundle with our prenatal or any other courses, please visit our volume package page or use the "Customize Your Own Package" coupon. Please note that our package specials are non-changeable/non-refundable.
Instructor: Judith Koch Stapleton
Course Description: Basic infant massage can soothe an anxious baby, and will provide all of the wonderful benefits that massage holds for adults. This home study continuing education course teaches simple routines for general massage, as well as exercises to stimulate muscle development and coordination. We also cover special situations such as colds, colic, hiccups, constipation, diarrhea, teething irritability and other conditions. This course focuses on teaching the parents to massage their baby, because most new parents cannot afford to pay you to massage their baby, and because they are the ones that need to have the bonding that massage can bring. Plus they need to have the tools to settle a fussy baby in the middle of the night. For this reason, the techniques are simple by design, meant to be used with confidence by non-massage therapists on their most precious asset - their new baby. This course does NOT go into advanced techniques such as cranial shaping, therapy for birth defects, etc. It is designed for parents to learn massage skills to help them with a healthy infant.
You have one year from enrollment to complete the course. Once you have passed the test, you will still have access to review the course materials, review the completed test, and print additional certificates if you wish.
Conducting an Infant Massage Class for Parents
Massage and Aromatherapy Oils
The Importance of Bonding
Benefits of Infant Massage
Infant Massage Routine
Special Needs Situations:
Colic, Crying, and Digestive Issues
Congestion, Colds, Fever
Marketing Infant Massage
This course is open to non-massage therapists in most jurisdictions. Because you teach new parents with a doll, and are not performing massage on their babies, most states do not require a massage license as you are not actually practicing massage therapy on the babies. It is your responsibility to determine if you are able to teach infant massage in your jurisdiction without a massage license. The Institute of Somatic Therapy does not make any legal determinations on your behalf.
There is no expiration date or required renewal for this certification once you have earned it. To earn the certification title, you will be required to perform two practice sessions where you teach new parents how to massage their baby. You then complete an online application for certification. Upon completion of this process along with a one-time $35 processing fee, you will earn the title of "Certified Infant Massage Therapist~Intructor". Neither the NCBTMB nor any state massage therapy boards make a determination on the awarding of the title of Certified Infant Massage Therapist~Instructor.
The certification process consists of a self-analysis of your practice sessions. For example, you will answer questions such as: Looking back at your session, what was the best part of the experience? How you can build on that in future sessions? What was the biggest challenge with this massage? What can you do to mitigate this challenge so it is less a problem in the future? What questions did your client have? How can you implement that information into future work? Based on this experience, what are three things you can do better next time?
To find the certification homework documentation requirements: There is a PDF located in the course materials, in the PDF section to the right. Just log into your account, click “access course” to the far right of the course title, and then access the course materials. From there, look to the right at the PDF file section. You can refer to this documentation as you are performing the homework. When you are ready, you will complete the online submission process.
Attention Florida & Georgia licensees: Institute of Somatic Therapy will report your hours to CE Broker ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it.
I have completed the Infant massage course and enjoyed it tremendously, especially as I await the birth of my first grandchild next week. I watched each video several times and read through the course work 2 times. I have been a massage therapist for 14 years so I have had the wonderful opportunity to massage many babies and moms as well as grandmas. I took the course because I wanted to know everything I could for my own grandchild. Certainly, even after all my years of experience, there were new things to learn. The videos are excellent. Concise, clear and so easy to just watch again and again. The written materials follow along nicely and tie the whole package together. I appreciate your marketing advice too. I found this course informative and fun, and working with the Institute of Somatic Therapy has been very easy and enjoyable. This is not the first technical question I have had and my questions have been answered quickly, professionally and completely and I appreciate that. I look forward to studying with you in the future. Sincerely, Marlaine Darfler, LMT. Ithaca NY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do you offer installment payments or financing? We accept credit cards, so you can make payments to your credit card company as it fits your budget. We do not offer private financing.
Does this course teach how to massage premature infants in the NICU? Premature babies are discussed in the course, but as you will learn, often due to their condition true massage is not recommended. Gentle human touching, such as a hand resting on the back of their head and on their low back and buttocks, or very simple stroking, may be all that they can handle. The main focus of this course is to teach parents how to massage a healthy, full term newborn. Common conditions such as cold and congestion, colic, teething, and other normal conditions are covered.
I want to have a business where new parents bring their babies to me for me to massage their babies. Will this course help me achieve that? The focus of our course (and virtually all infant massage courses available) is to teach the new parents how to massage their babies. The parents are the ones who need to bond with the baby, and who need resources to calm an upset baby at all hours of the day and night. It is a rare new parent who could afford to pay someone to massage their baby on an ongoing basis. When you take our course, you will learn the technique of infant massage and you will learn how conduct a class to teach it to a parent. It is highly unlikely that you would find enough new parents willing and able to pay you to be a full time infant massage therapist.
Are your online courses downloadable to my computer? You must be logged in on our website to view the course materials. There are numerous downloadable files associated with the Infant Massage course.
Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.
Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. There is a study guide attached to the course as a downloadable, printable PDF file. You can print this off when you first begin, so that as you study the various videos and articles, you can complete the test questions from those materials. Later, whenever you are ready, you can log in and take the online test, filling in your answers from the study guide that you have completed.
What is the study guide that comes with the course? The course study guide is a copy of the questions you will find on the online exam. As you study the course materials, you can fill in the answers on the guide, to refer to when you complete the online exam. We do not provide page numbers where you will find the answers to the questions, because we want you to study the entire course materials, not just flip to a page to find an answer to a test question. Because the study guide contains the actual test questions, we do not provide an answer key. It is your job to find the answers as you study. You will get your grade when you complete the online exam.
What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge.
Can I review the course materials after I’ve completed the test? Yes. Even after completing the test, you will have the option to access the online course materials, print another CE certificate, or review your test results.
Is online testing the only testing option you have available? If you enroll online, you will automatically be set up to take the online exam. If you prefer to have a paper test we are happy to accommodate that. There is a $20 fee for processing paper testing, which includes the premium, gold-embossed sealed certificate. (Online testers also have the option to purchase a premium certificate for $15). Students who opt to complete the certification process will receive a gold-embossed sealed certificate that conveys their certification title.
If you are interested in this massage therapy CEU course, other courses that might be of interest to you are: Prenatal Fundamentals, Prenatal Massage Techniques, Massage Doula Certification, Fertility Massage.
To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.