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.


September Classes

Did you know our Home Massage series are open to EVERYONE? It seems some people think all our massage series are for licensed massage therapists only. The truth of the matter is, our home massage series are open to the general public.

Our home massage series are meant to teach family members how to give soothing and relaxing massage to each other. We have mothers who are learning how to support their pregnant daughters; husband and wives learning  techniques to alleviate aching muscles; grandparents learning gentle massage to support their grandchildren; parents learning how to lessen the effects of colic for their infants; and even friends learning new ways to nurture their relationship through loving touch. This list of classes is for you, whoever you may be, to learn massage to use at home.

It’s easy to sign up for classes, and the benefits far outweigh the cost for registration. Call 541-482-3567 to sign up today!

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CEIM Training, Aug. 26th-29th

August 26th to 29th, Family Massage Education Center will be sponsoring the Certified Educator of Infant Massage Training. In preparation for this upcoming course, we are taking a moment to honor a graduate of the CEIM Training taught by our own, JoAnn Lewis, at the Portland, Oregon CEIM Training. Calina Selmanson was featured in IAIM’s Tender Loving Care August, 2016 Newsletter.  unnamed (1)

Q: How long have you been a CEIM?
I am a new CEIM. I’ve been certified for just about 1 year.
Q: What’s been the most effective way to get parents in your classes?
As a postpartum doula I have the chance to work with new families in their homes. This work allows me to discuss the benefits of infant massage with parents, relating specifically to their child. At the moment I am working on forming a class with the families I currently and recently have worked with.
Q: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you or a parent in your class?
Many funny moments already. Really audible gas release during the “Gas and Colic Routine” stands out. This has happened several times and always gets a laugh and a sigh of relief!
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of being an infant massage educator?
Becoming a CEIM has really been an amazing compliment to my postpartum doula practice! It is incredible to be able to witness the bond that is forming and deepening, between parent and child, with each week that passes. […]Seeing a parent who once may have struggled with a “colicky” baby discover that they can utilize such a simple yet powerful tool to calm their child. This scenario always makes me beam with happiness!


Congratulations, Calina! It’s great to see you using your CEIM training to help families in your postpartum doula practice.

Certified Educator of Infant Massage – IAIM-USA
The International Association of Infant Massage certifies you to teach parents how to massage their babies for confident bonding, attachment and communication, complete health and happiness! Class is open to the anyone over age 18 and is open to all social and medical agencies.
Pre-registration is required, which includes text, manual and compendium, and 1-yr. USA Chapter membership. The exam and study are open book take home with required practicum.
August 26-29
Fri. – Mon., 9am-5pm
Up to 56 CEU’s (28 in class & 28 study/practicum afterward)
for LMTs, 31 hrs. for RNs, OTs, SWs, Doulas, others…

Call to register FMEC Office: 541-482-3567

~Sponsored by the USA Chapter of the IAIM, Sweden International  and




Save Money. Learn Massage.

Massage is a growing specialty in the professional field, with many licensed massage therapists charging anywhere from $50 to $85 for an hour long massage. Without a referral from a primary care provider, many insurance companies fail to embrace the healing aspects of massage by limiting coverage for them, or refusing to provide coverage. Additionally, many people consider massage as a luxurious spa treatment, rather than an important part of their health regimen, so they lose out on some important health benefits because it may be viewed as cost prohibitive.  But is that really true even if insurance is not willing to cover??

Massage has numerous health benefits. According the Mayo Clinic online, some health benefits to massage are: “…effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension” “…and may be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain”

While massage therapy is gaining some recognition (too slowly in my opinion) in mainstream professional medical and dental fields, but it is still too expensive for many people to add to their financial burdens. Here, at Family Massage Education Center, we offer a solution: an investment that potentially pays dividends your entire life.

Our Couples & Singles four week long series of classes costs $225. That equates to $56.25 per class for two people to receive and give a massage, or (since the point of this article is to show you how learning basic massage skills is economically smart…) roughly $28 per session per person. That’s a lot more affordable than $50 per person! Plus, each class session is two hours, instead of one! If that wasn’t fabulous enough….Family Massage Education Center provides the massage table, sheets, and oils for class! Have you ever priced a massage table?

JoAnn Lewis, our lead instructor, guides and demonstrates basic massage skills and then gives her students a chance to practice on their partner, and vice versa. She makes learning fun and enjoyable, and is encouraging and supportive, which goes a long way in building confidence. In four weeks, students learn the following:

  • 1st week: Feet, Legs, Hands, Arms, and body mechanics in giving massage
  • 2nd week: Body front
  • 3rd week: Body back
  • 4th week: Complete routine

Registration is easy, just go to our website, or call our staff at 541-482-3567. Don’t you want to learn massage and save some money?