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Suitability: Should I do an Infant Massage Course?

The Baby in Mind infant massage course offers students the chance to experience the reward and satisfaction that comes from helping new parents bond and connect with their babies.

As well as being uplifting, our work is important and – at times – complex. If you are thinking about doing an infant massage course, it is good to make an informed decision before you commit to this program. It’s in your interests – and ours – to make sure we can meet your expectations and deliver you the best possible training!

We do a number of things to help you decide “Should I do an infant massage course?”

  1. First:  complete some of the infant massage course for free.  These subjects will give you an insight the basic principles of the course, and help you decide if this area is right for you.
  2. Second: read each of the questions below to check some of the hurdles that some students deal with.
Should I do an infant massage course?

Click on the on the left to see some questions.

These will help you self-check if this course is right for you.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if your learning style is a good match for this course…

  1. Do you have a flexible approach to learning? 

This course will prepare you to work with families. If you already work with families, this course is intended to help extend some of the skills you already have.

The babies and families you work with, will rarely fit formula and “text-book”solutions. Therefore, this course is most suited to students who have flexible thinking and patience.

2.  Are you comfortable with the principles of Adult Learning? 

We use adult learning principles in our training. This means we want this infant massage training to be useful to you. We have some limits around our course requirements. However, we enjoy helping students adapt the course as much as possible to match your own ideas, passions, challenges and real-life situations.

Are you someone who can identify and tell us about your own learning needs? Or are you looking for an “off the shelf” training that is the same for everyone?

3. Are you comfortable taking initiative? 

How do you respond when confronted with something you don’t know? Are you the sort of person who is able to look up ideas? Can you reach out to others for help and suggestions? Or do you feel overwhelmed when there is something you don’t know how to do?

This training (and the work you will do after graduating) is best suited to people who can take initiative to find out answers and talk to others, when they don’t know something.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘most of the time’ to these questions:

You will probably find that your learning style is a great match for this course. You will also be well-suited to working with families to teach cue-based infant massage.

If you answered ‘no’ or are uncertain about your answers to these question:

That’s no problem. But it is good to be aware you may find the style of learning in this course challenging. You may need to be willing to try new ways of learning, and working in partnership with your trainer, to get the most out of this course.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if this is the right course for you, in your current situation…

  1. Are you in financial distress? 

Unfortunately, some training organisations gain students for baby massage courses, by telling people they can earn hundreds and thousands of dollars a week. This sounds good to people on very low incomes, and who need work that is flexible.

However, most infant massage educators take around 12-24 months get their practice off the ground. Some people can take even longer depending on factors like location, time, and the resources needed to start a business.

Many of our graduates do go on to establish very successful practices to varying degrees. But any businesses takes time to get going, and teaching infant massage or the First Touch Program is no different.

Therefore, if you are in financial  distress and need an immediate income source, we believe it is important to be realistic.  You will need time and energy to build your infant massage practice to a viable level.

2.  Are you in active recovery from childhood or relationship trauma? 

This course is about child mental health development. The main focus of the infant massage training is on the quality of early parent-child relationships. In the past, we have found that these topics can trigger uncomfortable or painful feelings for some people.

If you in the early stages of recovery, or in active healing from:

  • any type of childhood or parenting-related trauma;
  • violence or other relationship-related trauma; or
  • pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or loss of a child

this may not be the right time for you to do this training.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions:

Please contact us prior to enrolling in this program.

We would love to speak with you, so we can give you with more detail about the course. We’ll be able to talk about questions you have. This way you can make an informed choice if this is the right training for you now, or if it is better to wait a while.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if you have the time to do this course…

  1. Do you have approx 3-6 hours a week to spend on your course work? 

Most students spend from three-to-six hours a week on the course work.

This may not be every week during the course: it is an averaged-out amount over most weeks. But three-to-six hours is a good guide.

You also need to think about any specific learning needs you have. For example, if you have not studied for a long time, or if you are new to using online learning, you may need to allow some additional time.

2.  Can you meet deadlines? 

This infant massage course has some flexible parts. It also has some parts with tighter deadlines.

For example, the deadline to submit your assignments for Block 4 has some flexibility.

However, Block 2 is 10 weeks of online learning. A small number of learning tasks are due each week, so it is important you have enough time each week to submit your tasks.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ both of these questions:

It seems likely you will have sufficient time to do this course.

If you answered ‘no’ to either or both of these questions:

If you want to enrol in this course, you may need to re-order some of your activities or priorities. This will help you get the most out of the program and to participate in the activities.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if this course is a good fit with your working style…

Is your preferred working style suited to this course:
  1. For health/ allied health/ welfare professionals: Are you comfortable to work outside of a treatment framework? 

Many of our students come from health professional backgrounds. Most tell us this infant massage course enhances their practice, and adds depth to their repertoire of skills. This is true of our students working in clinical, tertiary health services, as well as those providing primary and secondary health care.

This training helps develop facilitation skills and relationship-based approaches to support parent-baby interactions in any environment.  The First Touch Program is a health promotion and education intervention which is adaptable to a wide range of situations and contexts. (Here is an example).

However, it is important to be aware that this course does not provide training in complex infant mental health diagnosis or treatment. If you are looking for a treatment-focussed intervention, that addresses specific clinical problems, this course may not be suitable for your needs.

2. Are you comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds? 

Our student body is made up of people from very diverse backgrounds. People attending our course include PhD graduates, medical practitioners, nursing and midwifery practitioners, allied health professionals, teachers, bodywork therapists, complementary health therapists, and lay-persons. Each student has strengths and areas they want to learn more about. Your background, strengths and interests may be different to some of your fellow students.

Our teaching faculty also is made up of professionals from varied backgrounds. They have qualifications ranging from nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, education and teaching, and massage therapy. However, all of our faculty have extensive experience in their background profession and in delivering the First Touch Program to families in many diverse environments.

This course is most suited to people who are comfortable with learning in a cross-disciplinary environment that respects a wide variety of professional knowledge.

3.  For students intending to teach infant massage in private practice: Do you like connecting with others? 

Many people are attracted to teaching infant massage as a private practitioner, because it is a way to have flexible hours that fit in with other things. Many graduates go on to establish successful programs working for themselves, and others who struggle. Although there can be many reasons for this, one of the things that our most successful graduates have in common is that they are able to connect with others in their community.

Some students come to the course with the idea that they must compete with other educators and services in their area. However, we have found the opposite to be true. Infant massage educators who meet up and build networks with other graduates, who get involved in and make use of the Baby in Mind resources, and those who support others, typically face fewer challenges. They are much more likely to still be practicing five years on, than those who tend to isolate themselves from the infant massage community.

This issue does not directly affect your training. But if you are intending to work in private practice after you graduate, and are reluctant to connect with others, you may find it helpful to consider these issues before committing to the training.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘mostly’ to these these questions:

Then it is likely this course is a good match for your needs.

If you answered ‘no’ or ‘probably not’ to these questions:

Please contact us to discuss your concerns – we’d be happy to talk through a bit more about the nature of this course and to work out whether we can effectively adapt the materials to suit your needs.

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