Pre-conference Session

Infant massage instructor training

October 16 - 17, 2017 | Richmond, BC

Bring infant massage to your community! Infant massage encourages attachment and bonding between a baby and her caregiver.  Parents who massage their baby report feeling less stressed and more confident reading their baby’s cues.  Infant massage helps baby sleep better, relaxes and soothes, aids digestion, contributes to development.  Research shows further benefits for babies with colic, eczema, babies with special needs, and adoptive families.

Before the Course

  • Purchase and read Infant Massage – A Handbook for Loving Parents by Vimala Mcclure.  Available at

  • Complete an online assignment.  

  • Purchase a 19-21 inches long doll with a soft body; hard hands and feet; and a moveable head.  Bring this doll to the course.

Course (October 16-17)
This 2-day course includes theory as well as practice with volunteer families.

Day 1 - Monday, October 16th: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Day 2 - Tuesday, October 17th:   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Delegates are on their own for breaks/lunch - meals and refreshments are not included.

Delegates arrange a series of four (4) practicum classes with a minimum of four (4) volunteer families in their community.  They will submit their class plans and handouts by email to Fit 4 Two® at least five (5) business days before their practicum is set to begin.  Families will be asked to fill out an instructor evaluation form which will be submitted to Fit 4 Two® for evaluation. The practicum must be completed within three months of the course.


About the instructor


Melanie Osmack MA is the founder and director of Fit 4 Two®.  She has been a certified infant massage instructor through the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) since 2003. Since that time she has helped hundreds of families enjoy the benefits of nurturing touch.  In 2008, Melanie drew on her education and experience in curriculum development in order to create the Fit 4 Two® Infant Massage Instructor Training Course.  She looks forward to bringing the course to the BCAOP conference and helping front line workers expand their skill set.

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