Location: 1200 W. College Ave, State College
at the offices of Integrative Health Care Associates
New Class time coming soon!
Location: 1200 W College Ave, State College
at the offices of Integrative Health Care Associates
Can't make it to our General Class? Consider a Private Class for just you and your baby in your location at a time that works for you.
Also now offering Private Group Classes - Your time, your location and a Discount for groups of 4 or more.
Karen Stoner, LMT is honored to have been interviewed and quoted in Massage Magazine articles on Infant Massage.
Cupping: Congestion Relief for Baby (November, 2014)
Massage May Help Relieve Baby's Cold and Congestion (May, 2014)
Infant Massage: Happy Babies, Healthy Families (March 2013)
See our Infant Massage Demonstration on Central PA Live
See what people are saying about our Infant Massage Class: Click Here!
About our Infant Massage Classes
Classes will help parents and caregivers learn massage techniques and exercises to help babies (and parents) with a wide variety of conditions.
The class series is divided into two sessions, with each session focusing on massage and exercises for specific areas of the body. Why two sessions? Because babies don't like to stay still for too long, so breaking up the class is easier on them. Babies are welcome and encouraged to be brought to class so that the parent can practice the techniques right on the baby. If a baby is unavailable or unwilling to cooperate, a simulation (doll) can be used.
Who can take these Classes?
The classes are designed for parents and their babies, but it is also perfectly suited for grandparents, caretakers, day care workers, social workers, nurses or health care professionals - anyone who regularly interacts with infants or young children and has the opportunity to use the Massage Therapy benefits with the children.
For expectant parents, we welcome you into any of our general infant massage classes, but we also offer a special class specifically for expectant parents who would like to integrate knowledge of infant massage into your pre-childbirth education. Click Here to learn more about Infant Massage for Mommy-to-Be.
What will be taught in the classes?
During the class, we will discuss several topics including but not limited to:
- Massage basics appropriate for infants focused on specific areas of the body
- Exercises to help baby's coordination and muscle development
- Relaxation exercises for parents
-Common infant/child medical conditions and how to help them (colic, colds, etc)
How old should the child be for this class?
Infants can begin to benefit from massage as soon as they are born, but this class is recommended for babies ages 6 weeks - 1 year.
This is recommended in case the doctor has put mom on rest for the first 6 weeks, and to let the new parent(s) recover a little, however children older or younger are always welcome.
What do I need to bring to class?
Just about everything you need for class will be provided, however you may feel comfortable bringing a few things of your own if you wish. Some items that we will use that you may wish to bring are:
- A pillow or "Boppy" for the baby and a pillow or cushion for yourself to sit on
- A receiving blanket or other warm blanket in case baby gets cold
- Additional diapers just in case
- A notepad or other device for taking notes during class
- A baby (preferably yours)
- For expectant parents / grandparents / others, we will try to have enough dolls available, but if you wish you can bring a doll or a similarly shaped stuffed animal (4 limbs, torso, head).
We understand that Thursday mornings may not be the most convenient time for you to attend a class, especially if you have to go to work, take care of older children, it's naptime, etc. This is why private Infant Massage Instruction is now offered in the comfort of your own home at a time that works better for you. Since this options in flexible, it will not be available on the online scheduler until you set something up so feel free to contact us to set up a time for your private class.
Private Group Classes
For Mommy Groups, Teachers, Medical Professionals, Clubs, etc - any group that works with and towards the best interests and health of children, there is a special rate available for groups of 4 people or more. Classes can be held at our location or at a location of your choosing. These classes are scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to select a date and time then online registration for your group's classes will be set up at that time.
What is 'Infant Massage for Mommy-to-Be'?
- Infant Massage
- Special massage considerations for Premature Infants
- Parent Relaxation Techniques
- Usage of massage for minor medical conditions
- Massage for mommy-to-be: before and during labor
- Basic Aromatherapy for infants and mommy
What do classes cost?
These prices refer to State College Classes only - Special Traveling Event classes may differ
|General Infant Massage Classes:|
|Whole 2-class series*:||$75|
|Infant Massage for Mommy-to-Be:||$80|
|Infant Massage Private Classes:|
|Whole 2-class Series:||$80|
|Infant Massage Private Group Rate:|
|Whole 2-class Series:||$60/person|
*The class is structured into 2 Sessions. We highly recommend both sessions so that the baby can receive the complete benefits available, but if parents/caregivers choose, there is also the option of attending only one session. If a parent/caregiver and child completes the whole 2-class series, they also have the "reward" option of returning to any of the classes free of charge for a "refresher" anytime. While the information provided in the classes will be beneficial to all of a baby's parents and caregivers, the class is designed and priced for one parent to be working on one child at a time.
Is this class beneficial for toddlers and children older than babies?
Absolutely. Older babies and young children can benefit from massage to help with development of muscle tone and coordination, as well as calming hyperactivity and improving focus. Children who were massaged as babies usually accept massage and understand its benefits as they get older, and they are more easily able to distinguish between "good" and "bad" touch, as well as having the confidence to reject any kind of touch if they don't want it. Children suffering with learning disabilities, illness, or trauma can gain normalization of brain chemical levels, a decrease in depression, improved motor skills, and decreased anxiety.
Karen Stoner, LMT is one of the few Massage Therapists in Centre County that holds the designation of
both Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Therapist/Instructor