Infant Massage Therapy and Technique


Infant Massage Therapy and Technique


  • 14 CEUs for MTs in all states but NY*
  • 16 CEUs for NJ Chiropractors*
  • 14 CEUs for Chiropractors in states that accept PACE*
  • 14 CEUs for NJ PTs and PTAs*

Course Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm EST each day. Course will be held on Sunday, October 20 and Monday, October 21, 2024.

Regular tuition $399. Best Deal: $100 off through 8/11/24. From 8/12-9/8/24: $75 off. From 9/9-10/13/24: $50 off. Full price from 10/14/24 on.

Tuition includes a 20″ soft-bodied doll which is needed for class and can be used for demonstrating techniques to clients/patients/parents in your practice (while supplies last).

Location of the course: The Institute for Continuing Education, 7 Spielman Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004.

Students should bring a towel, mat or pillow to sit on for floor work. Dress comfortably.

The Infant Massage Therapy and Technique Course is designed specifically for professionals who want to learn current, evidence-based massage strokes for babies 0-12 months of age. In this continuing education class, students will learn safe and appropriate application of massage needed to work hands-on with infants. In-depth information covered includes infant anatomy, contraindications, history & benefits, communication and development. Strokes and techniques are illustrated along with guided application and demonstration. Comprehensive SOAP notes, health history forms, medical releases and feedback forms are provided and explained.

What makes this Infant Massage course different from others?

  1. This is the only HANDS-ON infant massage class in NJ that allows students to work directly on infants after completing the course (not just to teach parents how to do so).  You will be able to do both upon completion.
  2. It  is the only class that is taught to licensed professionals, not just the general public.
  3. Your tuition includes a 19-20″ Soft Body Doll for use during and after the class (great for demos).
  4. This class will prepare you to teach Infant Massage online.
  5. You will be able to add Infant Massage Zoom appointments for your clients/patients.
  6. This course includes access to 10 hours of online infant massage strokes for professionals.

Learning Outcome:

Expand your practice while improving the lives of infants through massage techniques.

  • Network with a modern group of healthcare professionals
  • Join a growing pediatric healthcare field
  • Learn how to collaborate with infant physical & occupational therapists
  • Treat babies that suffer from common pediatric ailments
  • Set a healthy foundation for pediatric and adult clients
  • Opportunity to teach families infant massage while promoting healthy child/parent bonding

The student will become an Infant Massage Instructor AND an Infant Massage Therapist. This is the ONLY course offered in NJ to work hands-on with infants as a Massage Therapist.

Upon completion, working opportunities include:

-Offer Home Visits and Group Lessons

-Teach Infant Massage and Therapy in a:

  • Hospital
  • Chiropractic Office
  • Yoga Studio
  • Infant Development Center

-Work with:

  • Doulas and Lactation Consultants
  • Non-profit organizations who specialize in Infant Therapy Services

-Use in an individual practice

-Hold workshops on the importance of touch

It does not:

  • Allow the practitioner to use deep pressure or inappropriate forms of bodywork on an infant
  • Qualify the class participant to certify or teach infant massage continuing education
  • Provide the practitioner qualifications to provide infant massage instruction for babies with advanced special healthcare needs

Course Objectives:

In this class, students will learn:
1.  Infant Massage History and Definition
2. Physical, Social and Emotional Benefits of Infant Massage
3. Affect of Hormones: Cortisol, Oxytocin and Prolactin
History, Definition and Process of Skin­‐to-Skin Contact
4. Common Knowledge and use of Safe Infant Massage Oil
The History, Definition and Process of Skin­‐to­‐Skin Contact
5. Recognize Infant Anatomy: Skeletal, Soft tissue, Skull of a Newborn, Hypermobility, Ossification and Body Posture
6.Normal Infant Development ages 0-­‐12 Months
7. Infant Behavior, Cues, Reflexes and Behavioral States ages 0­‐12 Months
8. The Contraindications and Precautions of  Infant Massage
9. Recognition of Normal Infant Skin Conditions and Infant Endangerment Sites
10. Knowledge of Infant Massage Protocol/Guidelines including Five Basic Strokes
11. Infant Leg and Feet Massage Strokes
12. Infant Arm and Hand Massage Strokes
13. Infant Stomach, Back and Face Massage Strokes
14. Use of Infant Massage Session and Treatment Forms

About the Instructor: Joy Dua, LMT, CIMT, CPMT, IMT – Owner, PediaTouch

Joy Dua is a licensed massage therapist, certified pediatric massage therapist and a professional massage instructor with the Steiner Education Group. Internationally certified in infant massage, Joy has worked extensively for many years with a variety of babies ranging from normal development to medically complex infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

As an author and founder of Pedia Touch, Joy is committed to natural infant development and wellness. She develops educational programs and trainings for professionals. Her unique and modern programs benefit massage therapists, parents, caregivers and child care professionals. Her certification in baby yoga adds value to her programs, elevating the level of learning.

Her work includes mentorship and collaboration with leaders in the industry including clinical research at the Miami Touch Research Institute with Dr. Tiffany Field and pediatric massage certifications with Master Tina Allen of Liddle Kidz Foundation. Joy has also trained in Kangaroo Care’s Skin-to-Skin Contact with Dr. Nils Bergman of South Africa.


The course is approved for 14 CEUs for Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers through the NCBTMB for all states but NY (Approved Provider: Joy Dua) and for 16 CEUs for NJ Chiropractors through the NJ Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Chiropractors in states that accept PACE can earn 14 credits. The Institute for Continuing Education is a Pre-Approved Continuing Education Sponsor/Provider with the NJ Board of Chiropractic Examiners through 8/31/25 and is recognized by the PACE Program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. The course is also approved for 14 CEUs for NJ Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants through the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners through 1/31/2, Approval Code #2402-30.


Sunday, October 20 and Monday, October 21, 2024, 9:00am-5:00pm EST each day