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.

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

August Classes

What kind of family situation are you in? Single? Partnered? Pregnant? Married? We have a class for just about every situation; yes, even for singles. Here’s a testimonial from a student who attended the “Couples/Singles Massage Series” as a single student.

     “I heard about FMEC when I drove past their old location and saw the sign, “Learn Massage.” I jotted down the phone number and called. I was concerned about attending a massage class alone, but the woman on the phone assured me that singles are welcome. I signed up for the Monday night classes and felt excited to be doing something I had been curious about, but had never tried. I registered and paid prior to the beginning of class, and found out at that time, I was the only single signed up. When I left, I brushed aside the growing fear that maybe I had made a bad decision. I wanted to learn how to give a massage (and get one too, as told to me by an employee at FMEC) and I wasn’t going to let being partnerless stop me.
     I arrived for my first class excited and expectant. I love learning new things, but I was also wondering how class would go, being a woman without a partner. Would I get partnered with a woman? Would she be young, old, what kind of body would she have for me to learn on? Then I wondered…what if I get a man???? What if he’s gross, stinky, or really fat? I was onboard for learning together with another woman, and practicing on a total stanger…who was a woman! But, I did NOT want to be touching a strange man! No Way! What would my new boyfriend think?!? Those fearful little thoughts swirled around my mind as I walked in the door. I had decided nothing was going to stop me! I wanted learn!
     As things turned out, there were two singles in the class; me and a man. Let’s just pause for just a moment and relish the humor of the universe! I dreaded being partnered with a man I didn’t know and here I was, partnered with a man I didn’t know. If I had been partnered with Russel Brand (man crush cuz he’s funny), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, (have you SEEN his amazing body?!?) or Patrick Stewart (yes…my crushes span all ages, races, and body types, hello!) I would have been thrilled but completely intimidated. Instead I was partnered with a regular guy. I won’t go into too many details about him, because there really wasn’t anything exceptional about him. He was young, he was blond, he was height and weight proportioned, and wanted to learn, just like me. 
     JoAnn Lewis, the instructor at FMEC, was amazing about putting me (and I think, my partner too) at ease about giving massage to a total stranger. She is the kind of teacher who seems to know when you’re having difficulty with something and is there when you need that little bit of encouragement, or offers a point of correction and instruction at just the right time without being critical. I appreciated how she taught us techniques to promote modesty when a person needs to turn over on the massage table by holding sheets properly. She also shared the importance of communication during a massage, between both parties. More than anything, she did a great job of sharing her passion for healthy touch, massage, and wonderment about the human body. You learn a whole lot more than just massage techniques.  
     As the classes progressed (the couples and singles massage series lasts for 4 weeks) not only did I become more comfortable with the massage techniques, I also got more self-confidence.  I grew less timid about letting another man give me a massage, and I looked forward to practicing on my male partner. Thanks to JoAnn’s instruction and reminder about good communication (Ask, Listen, Trust, and Praise) my partner and I learned a lot, together. I’m really glad that thanks to my Couples and singles massage class with JoAnn Lewis, and my awesome partner, I now have no problem giving massages to anyone; men I don’t know, and even a few fat ones. ” ~LL


Here’s a flyer of our August Classes. To register, call 541-482-3567, or visit our website: HERE

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