Benefits of Massage

There is much research showing the benefits of massage. Many are listed below:


To experience these and possibly more benefits, contact Family Massage Education Center at 541-482-3567.

Additionally, we offer several classes to teach you how to give in home massage to your loved ones. Visit our website at to select a class that’s right for you.

Classes in August

Summer time is the best time to spend time with family and friends! We have multiple ways to encourage nurturing touch. See our options below:

MONDAYS and TUESDAYS: Singles/Partners Home Massage Series.  Embrace FUN and self-healing for all. Reclaim your health and restore loving care, confident discovery touch and massage, body mechanics and find authenticity with others who also enjoy receiving and learning.  Cost is $145/person or $225/pair.

WEDNESDAY: Pregnant Partner Home Massage Series.  Learn to relieve discomforts, improve labor, speed recovery and balance hormones to find a calmer, easier birth experience and for the health, safety and happiness of mom and baby. Massage can soothe, restore, and reclaim communication and relaxation for all. Cost is $145/pair.

THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS: Introduction to Basic Home Massage. Explore the world of massage and understand how it can be beneficial and fun for YOU to do at home! Improve your loving relationships with respect and trustful communication. Fun, enjoyable and relaxing instruction! Cost is $37/person or $55/pair

SATURDAYS: Parent-Baby Massage Series. Two Options: 1030am-12pm or 6-730pm.  Parent-Baby Massage Class is a weekly, 90 min, class for 5 weeks, baby-led in a progressive sequence for parent and baby to easily learn a complete routine.  We welcome babies in any mood and respect their needs. Complete this ancient, traditional life skill to help babies for a lifetime of learning their bodies and themselves
and being able to care for themselves, you and others. Cost is $125/series/per family.
Siblings & grandparents welcome!

Register for any class at or call 541-482-3567 for more information. All of us at Family Massage Education Center look forward to partnering with you as you add nurturing touch in your life. StaffPicSmall



International Day of Infant Massage and Nurturing Touch

June 7th is recognized by the International Association of Infant Massage as the International Day of Infant Massage and Nurturing Touch. We believe wholeheartedly in the importance of infant massage; there are so many benefits to the family!

According to Touch Research Institute, “Infants and toddlers with sleep onset problems were given daily massages by their parents for 15 minutes prior to bedtime for one month. Based on parent diaries, the massaged versus the control children (who were read bedtime stories) showed fewer sleep delay behaviors and had a shorter latency to sleep onset by the end of the study. Forty-five minute behavior observations by an independent observer also revealed more time awake, alert, and active; and more positive affect in the massaged children by the end of the study.” Field, T., & Hernandez-Reif, M,. (2001). Sleep problems in infants decrease following massage therapy. Early Child Development and Care, 168, 95-104

From Dr. Marshall Klaus, MD (Pediatrician and Neonatalogist, co-editor of Care of the High-Risk Infants, Your Amazing Newborn, and Bonding: Building a Secure Attachment and Independence: “I am familiar with the advantages of infant massage and skin to skin contact for both the growing premature infant and the full term infant. These techniques help the parents build a bond with their premature and full term baby. The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) is especially skilled in teaching this technique to parents. Infant massage is very useful in calming infants and enhancing growth.”

To celebrate a day that promotes a cause we are passionate about, we are asking graduates of our Parent-Baby Class to help us share the love of infant massage. For the month of June, we are having a fun contest, here are the rules:

  1. Find Family Massage Education Center on Facebook, here’s the link: HERE
  2. Write a review about your experience, either during class, or after.
  3. Tag a friend of yours in your review or comments, who you think would benefit from the Parent-Baby Class.
  4. If your friend signs up for the Parent-Baby class, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE One Hour Massage.
  5. The more friends you refer to a Parent-Baby class, the more entries you have in drawing for the FREE One Hour Massage.
  6. Contest ends Friday, June 30th, winner announced on July 3, 2017.

Because Father’s Day is also in June, we’re including results from a study involving fathers who massage their babies: “Infants were given massages by their fathers for 15 minutes prior to their daily bedtime for one month. By the end of the study, the fathers who massaged their infants were more expressive and showed more enjoyment and more warmth during floor-play interactions with their infants.” Cullen, C., Field, T., Escalona, A. and Hartshorn, K. (2000) Father-infant interactions are enhanced by massage therapy. Early Child Development and Care,. 164, 41-47.

Dads, enjoy closer bonding and enjoyment of your infant by joining the Parent-Baby series of in home massage. The next session begins June 24th. Call 541-482-3567 to register, or sign up online at our website.


Free Parent-Baby Massage Class

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Parents who are curious about our Parent-Baby classes often cite a lack of funds as the number one reason they don’t sign up for the five weeks series taught on Saturdays at Family Massage Education Center. For those parents, here’s an opportunity to test out a class for free. Please call us at 541-482-3567 to get signed up. Please share this post with anyone in the Southern Oregon area who has an infant less than a year old.

The International Conference in Paris


The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) hosted the 24th annual international educational conference and general assembly from October 24th to November 1st. There were over 200 people from around the world who attended. “I had the great honor and pleasure of being one of the attendees at the trainers’ meeting with 50+ trainers from all over the world,” as stated by JoAnn Lewis, founder and educator at Family Massage Education Center (FMEC).

The IAIM’s mission is “to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.” IAIM is the largest and most experienced infant massage organization in the world with a presence in more than 50 countries. Here’s a map that shows the location of chapters around the world.

“Attending the Trainers’ Meeting during the International Conference gave me an opportunity to contribute to the mission on an international level. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the training meeting was the stroke review session in Paris. Sitting on the floor with fellow instructors, sharing our passion for infant massage, and encouraging each other was truly gratifying. Here we are, doing the stroke review,” said JoAnn.


During the rest of the year, as the founder of Family Massage Education Center, JoAnn has the privilege of sharing this mission on a local level in Ashland, Oregon. Additionally, she teaches IAIM’s Certified Educator of Infant Massage course in various locations in the Pacific Northwest and in California. In fact, JoAnn will be in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20, 2017 teaching the CEIM course at East-West College located at 525 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232. To register for that training, you may contact Lauren Haight, Continuing Education Coordinator, at 503-233-6500 or by email at

In the spring, JoAnn will be teaching in Ashland, Oregon from May 5-9, 2017. To register, you may contact Family Massage Education Center at 541-482-3567, by email at or register online.


Massage During Childbirth Decreases Labor Duration

“Among pregnant women, a massage lasting at least 30 minutes during delivery significantly decreased the duration of the first and second stages of labor, and significantly increased newborns’ tolerance of the birthing process and well-being outside the womb, according to recent research.

The study, ‘Effect of massage therapy on duration of labor: a randomized controlled trial,’ involved 100 pregnant women in labor inthe maternity ward of a hospital. these subjects were randomly assigned to either the massage group or the control group prior to delivery.


This post is quoted from August, 2016, Issue 243 of Massage magazine. This article is found on page 68. It was originally published in April, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 10(4), QC12-QC15

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