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Massage Therapy CEs | Prenatal/Doula/Infant Courses

Certified Infant Massage Instructor

Massage Therapy continuing education CEUs earned: 16. The average massage therapist should expect to devote one clock hour for every CE credit earned, based on NCBTMB calculations. These are online, home study CEs. They are not "live classroom" hours.

Course classification: Kinesthetic (course materials teach specific techniques to use on clients during a massage therapy session.) 

Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). New York Massage therapists please note: You are not authorized to teach any persons who are not licensed as massage therapists to give massage to another person. This includes teaching infant massage to new parents.  Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you. 

Attention Florida Massage Therapists: This course is approved by Florida as an approved distance learning course for required hours of "relevant to massage therapy" category hours for the 8/31/2023 renewal cycle. (Pre-COVID, hours in this category had to be "live", but as a COVID accomodation are also being accepted during this renewal as "anytime" hours. This course will show in CE Broker as "anytime" or "distanct learning" hours in the "relevant to..." category.)  Course # 20-795814 

Canada Massage Therapy approval, acceptance:

This course meets requirements for Ontario (CMTO), NHPC in Alberta, and is potentially valid for other Canadian assocations. Please refer to your individual association rules to determine if this course is valid for your Canada massage therapy continuing education requirements.

Tuition:U.S. $159 for online course and test awarding 16 CEs. There will be a one-time $35 fee payable if and when you submit the documentation to earn the title of  Infant Massage Specialist. Package Special Prices: If you wish to take this course in a bundle with our prenatal or any other courses, please select the courses you wish to take, and then use the "Customize Your Own Package" coupon.

To enroll: Simply click the green "buy now" button. You will see the course in your shopping cart, with the option to continue shopping (if you want to enroll in more than one course) or checkout. Once you click checkout, it will take you through the process of creating a new account if you do not have one, or logging into an existing account if we find an account already associated with your email address. You do not need to have an existing account before you add a course to your shopping cart.

Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your certificate. To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course

Instructor: Judith Koch Stapleton

Course Description: Basic infant massage can soothe an anxious baby, and will provide all of the wonderful benefits that massage holds for adults. This home study continuing education course teaches simple routines for general massage, as well as exercises to stimulate muscle development and coordination. We also cover special situations such as colds, colic, hiccups, constipation, diarrhea, teething irritability and other conditions. This course focuses on teaching the parents to massage their baby, because most new parents cannot afford to pay you to massage their baby, and because they are the ones that need to have the bonding that massage can bring. Plus they need to have the tools to settle a fussy baby in the middle of the night. For this reason, the techniques are simple by design, meant to be used with confidence by non-massage therapists on their most precious asset - their new baby. This course does NOT go into advanced techniques such as cranial shaping, therapy for birth defects, etc. It is designed for parents to learn massage skills to help them with a healthy infant.

You have one year from enrollment to complete the course.

Course Outline:
Conducting an Infant Massage Class for Parents
Massage and Aromatherapy Oils
The Importance of Bonding
Benefits of Infant Massage
Infant Massage Routine
Special Needs Situations:
    Colic, Crying, and Digestive Issues    
    Congestion, Colds, Fever             
    Premature Infants                 
Marketing Infant Massage

This course is open to non-massage therapists in most jurisdictions. Because you teach new parents with a doll, and are not  performing massage on their babies, most states do not require a massage license as you are not actually practicing massage therapy on the babies. It is your responsibility to determine if you are able to teach infant massage in your jurisdiction without a massage license. The Institute of Somatic Therapy does not make any legal determinations on your behalf.

Earning Your TitleThere is no expiration date or required renewal for this speciality title once you have earned it. To earn the title, you will be required to perform two practice sessions where you teach new parents how to massage their baby. You then complete an online application. Upon completion of this process along with a one-time $35 processing fee, you will earn the title of "Infant Massage Specialist". Neither the NCBTMB nor any state massage therapy boards make a determination on the awarding of the title of Infant Massage Specialist.

CERTIFICATION UPDATE posted November 17, 2022. Revised December 1, 2022: We have been notified that the NCBTMB is no longer allowing approved CE providers to award certification titles without having received third party accreditation, which is not available to CE providers who are not affiliated with a 500 or more hour massage school. As a CE provider, and not an initial massage school, we do not fit in this category, and will have to modify the title awarded upon completion of the optional internship. We had been using the title "Certified Infant Massage Therapist/Instructor", but to stay in compliance with the board rules, the new title will be "Infant Massage Specialist". We are working with the board and our website development team to implement the changes in a timely fashion. Students who enroll now have a short grace period to still earn the certification title. Students who have already enrolled have a short grace period, estimated mid-January of 2023, to still earn the certification title. All enrollees, regardless of enrollment date, understand and agree that the title they earn will depend on the date that they submit the internship forms.

The process consists of a self-analysis of your practice sessions. For example, you will answer questions such as: Looking back at your session, what was the best part of the experience? How you can build on that in future sessions? What was the biggest challenge with this massage? What can you do to mitigate this challenge so it is less a problem in the future? What questions did your client have? How can you implement that information into future work? Based on this experience, what are three things you can do better next time?

To find the homework documentation requirements: There is a PDF located in the course materials, in the PDF section to the right. Just log into your account, click “access course” to the far right of the course title, and then access the course materials. From there, look to the right at the PDF file section. You can refer to this documentation as you are performing the homework. When you are ready, you will complete the online submission process. Your homework requires live, in person teaching new parents infant massage. Due to COVID, you may need to wait. We do not accept online or virtual infant massage classes as new parents are not massage therapists and are not as likely to successfully learn without hands-on instruction.

CE Broker Reporting:  Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker in applicable states ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it.

Student Feedback:
I have completed the Infant massage course and enjoyed it tremendously, especially as I await the birth of my first grandchild next week.  I watched each video several times and read through the course work 2 times.  I have been a massage therapist for 14 years so I have had the wonderful opportunity to massage many babies and moms as well as grandmas.  I took the course because I wanted to know everything I could for my own grandchild. Certainly, even after all my years of experience, there were new things to learn. The videos are excellent. Concise, clear and so easy to just watch again and again.  The written materials follow along nicely and tie the whole package together.  I appreciate your marketing advice too.  I found this course informative and fun, and working with the Institute of Somatic Therapy has been very easy and enjoyable. This is not the first technical question I have had and my questions have been answered quickly, professionally and completely and I appreciate that.  I look forward to studying with you in the future. Sincerely,  Marlaine Darfler, LMT. Ithaca NY


I enrolled in the course, but don't see where to access it.
If you just enrolled, there is an "access course" link immediately upon the enrollment confirmation page. Once you have left that page, following are the steps to access the course:
1) Go to, and log in with your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, use the "forgot password" option to have a new password emailed to you.
2) As soon as you are logged in, you will be on your account page. (You can also access your account page any time if you are already logged in by clicking "Manage Account" in the upper right.) Scroll down beyond your account information to a heading titled "Your Courses". To the far right of the course, click "Access Course".
The status will say "incomplete" until you complete the course. At that time, it will update to show "Passed". If you do not complete the course within one year, the access section will change to "Reinstate", at which time you can pay a $35 fee to renew the course for another year. If you don't do that within one year, the course will expire. 

Once I complete this course will I be able to teach infant massage as a trainer to other massage therapists or just to parents? Upon completion of the course and online exam, you will receive a certificate of completion, which is evidence of having completed 16 continuing education credits.

Then, upon completion of the online process, where you document your internship of having completed two teaching sessions to different parents, you will receive a certificate bestowing you the title of "Infant Massage Specialist". In most jurisdictions, this qualifies you to instruct parents how to massage their newborns, in conjunction with any required massage licenses. In other words, if you are not already a licensed massage therapist, our process would not be valid without you holding a massage license, if your jurisdiction requires one, as most jurisdictions do. Teaching infant massage to parents would also have to be within the scope of practice as written in your state laws.

If you wish to pursue becoming a trainer of infant massage to other massage therapists, you would have to complete the teaching qualifications of the national board or your state agency. Qualifications vary, but generally require that you have anywhere from 3 - 5 years of experience in a modality, after which you can then go through their application process to become a certified instructor. This is not something that we have the authority to convey.  

Are these "live" or "classroom" or "hands on" CE hours? No. These are online, home study CEs. If your state requires that you take a live, hands on, classroom course, these hours will not count toward that requirement.

Do you offer installment payments or financing? We accept credit cards, so you can make payments to your credit card company as it fits your budget. We do not offer private financing.

Does this course teach how to massage premature infants in the NICU? Premature babies are discussed in the course, but as you will learn, often due to their condition true massage is not recommended. Gentle human touching, such as a hand resting on the back of their head and on their low back and buttocks, or very simple stroking, may be all that they can handle. The main focus of this course is to teach parents how to massage a healthy, full term newborn. Common conditions such as cold and congestion, colic, teething, and other normal conditions are covered.

I want to have a business where new parents bring their babies to me for me to massage their babies. Will this course help me achieve that? The focus of our course (and virtually all infant massage courses available) is to teach the new parents how to massage their babies. The parents are the ones who need to bond with the baby, and who need resources to calm an upset baby at all hours of the day and night. It is a rare new parent who could afford to pay someone to massage their baby on an ongoing basis. When you take our course, you will learn the technique of infant massage and you will learn how conduct a class to teach it to a parent. It is highly unlikely that you would find enough new parents willing and able to pay you to be a full time infant massage therapist.

Upon completion, can I use "CIMI" on my marketing materials? “CIMI” has been trademarked by one particular school, so unless you take their training, you are not legally allowed to use it. However, in our opinions, that is irrelevant. Here’s why: What percent of earth’s population has any idea what CIMI stands for? (Seriously, before you became a massage therapist, would you have had any inkling of what that meant?) Why put an acronym on your marketing materials that mean nothing to most people? We have long advocated to our students that they proudly use their full and complete titles. Not only does it look and sound more professional, but there are no guessing games as to what it might mean.

Are your online courses downloadable to my computer? You must be logged in on our website to view the course materials. There are numerous downloadable files associated with the Infant Massage course.

Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.

Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. There is a study guide attached to the course as a downloadable, printable PDF file. You can print this off when you first begin, so that as you study the various videos and articles, you can complete the test questions from those materials. Later, whenever you are ready, you can log in and take the online test, filling in your answers from the study guide that you have completed.

What is the study guide that comes with the course? The course study guide is a copy of the questions you will find on the online exam. As you study the course materials, you can fill in the answers on the guide, to refer to when you complete the online exam. We do not provide page numbers where you will find the answers to the questions, because we want you to study the entire course materials, not just flip to a page to find an answer to a test question.  Because the study guide contains the actual test questions, we do not provide an answer key. It is your job to find the answers as you study. You will get your grade when you complete the online exam.

What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge.

Can I review the course materials after I’ve completed the test? Yes. Even after completing the test, you will have the option to access the online course materials, print another CE certificate, or review your test results. We promise this access for at least one year. We have always exceeded that time period, however, technology updates sometimes make older data inaccessible, so we do not promise more than one year. For this reason, we recommend that you save copies of your certificates and any downloadable PDF files that you may wish to access indefinitely.

If you are interested in this massage therapy CEU course, other courses that might be of interest to you are: Prenatal Fundamentals, Prenatal Massage Techniques, Massage Doula, Fertility Massage.

To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.

Photo credits: Course image photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-ND