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Cheryl Manning

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It is highly recommended to take a class with a certified infant massage instructor to receive the maximum benefits of learning the art of infant massage. Through a class you will be able to get more individualized help, information, and gain a better understanding of how to adapt massage for your unique child as he/she goes through different developmental stages. The following are valuable resources to enhance your knowledge about infant massage and communication and to provide you with helpful contacts.

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Books   |   Video   |   Music/Audio   |   Web Sites   |   Support Groups   |   Massage Aids

Books

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Infant Massage : A Handbook for Loving Parents
by Vimala Schneider McClure. This is a very popular book, which has been recently expanded and updated. This book discusses sensory development, infant massage techniques, how massage benefits children, the scientific research that backs up infant massage. There are many wonderful illustrations of the massage strokes and exercises in this book. This is an excellent resource to have when learning infant massage.

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Baby Massage: A Practical Guide to Massage and Movement for Babies and Infants
by Peter Walker. This book helps teach parents and caregivers about the movement and muscular development of babies. There are 21 color photos and more than 100 detailed line illustrations that show you how to perform massage and exercises.

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Loving Hands : The Traditional Art of Baby Massage
by Frederick Leboyer. In Review.

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Baby Massage: Parent-Child Bonding Through Touch
by Amelia D. Auckett and Dr Tiffany Field. This is a classic handbook that presents illustrated techniques and approaches of parent child touch.

Video

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Baby Massage: A Video for Loving Parents
director Jim Jenner. This video is based on the best-seller - Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents. This video demonstrates massage techniques for the entire body. Stokes are broken down into body parts and put together into a complete routine. This is a great tool to reinforce what you learn in class and also to share with others what infant massage is all about.

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Web Sites

Foundation For Healthy Family Living - Providing educational resources that enhance respectful communication and nurturing touch.

Signing With Your Baby - Find out about the benefits and resources available to teach your baby sign language.

Shop.TheMannings.Com - Excellent collection of wellness products that our family uses every day.

Support Groups

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) - PEPS' mission is to provide community-based programs that enable parents of infants and young children to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and shared information.
Phone: (206) 547-8570

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) - MOPS International recognizes that the years from infancy to kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. MOPS exists to meet the needs of every mom - urban and suburban moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single, and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!

La Leche League - A support group for mothers who choose to breastfeed.

Healthy Starts - A free support program for young parents under 22 years of age. This program provides weekly home visits, opportunities to meet with other young parents, and attend educational and social activities.
Phone: Seattle - (206) 362-7282; Eastside- (425) 869-6658

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