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Cheryl Manning

Infant Massage Instruction

Participants in infant massage classes will learn a combination of strokes (Indian and Swedish techniques) and gentle movements in a caring and supportive environment. The purpose of this class is to cultivate compassionate touch in the lives of individuals and their families. Sharing compassionate touch and respectful listening profoundly enhances the quality of everyone's life.

Small Group Classes   |   Individual Instruction   |   Intro Class




Small Group Classes

A group class runs for 4 consecutive weeks. Each session is about 1 and 15 minutes. The location is generally held in my home in Lynnwood, Washington. There are 3-5 babies in order to keep each class personal and unique to the needs of the participants. This class is most appropriate for babies 4 weeks to pre-crawling. Participants will learn the benefits of infant massage, behavioral states of babies, research based and ancient massage strokes, gas, colic and congestion relief routines, adaptations of massage for the growing child, and gentle exercise movements. Parents will also have the opportunity to practice these in a supportive environment as well as discuss several parenting issues with other parents. Sharing thoughts with other parents will help to ease the major transition into parenthood and will allow you to establish a network of parents. Classes are relaxing and fun for both parents and infants. The class atmosphere is centered around parent and infant needs. In this class you will learn many things that will enhance the parent-infant interaction that will help create a lasting bond through nurturing touch and respectful communication.

In addition to instruction in infant massage, each participate will have the opportunity to utilize my personal library of resources while taking the class. Included in this library of resources are several books, videos, and music tapes ranging from information on infant massage to sign language with your baby, and more.

Individual Instruction

Individual classes generally run for 3 consecutive weeks. Each series and session is tailored to meet the individual needs of you and your infant with one on one instruction. Sessions can either be held at my home in Lynnwood, Washington or can be in your own home. Participants in this individual class will learn the benefits of infant massage, behavioral states of babies, research based and ancient massage strokes, gas, colic and congestion relief routines, adaptations of massage for the growing child, and gentle exercise movements as appropriate. Adaptations and modifications will be individualized to meet the needs of you and your baby. Individual sessions are great for colicky or special needs babies, when you have multiple children, crawling or walking children, or if you just like one on one teaching. In this class you will learn many things that will enhance the parent-infant interaction that will help create a lasting bond through nurturing touch and respectful communication.

In addition to instruction in infant massage, each participate will have the opportunity to utilize my personal library of resources while taking the class. Included in this library of resources are several books, videos, and music tapes ranging from information on infant massage to sign language with your baby, and more.

Introduction to Infant Massage

This class is intended to introduce infant massage to a group of parents and/or professionals. In this introductory class, participants will learn the history of infant massage, some of the basic benefits of infant massage, a few abbreviated massage strokes if appropriate, and receive relevant handouts that support infant massage.