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.


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