Published: Tuesday 31 May 2016

So you’re thinking about training to be an infant massage instructor? Whether you’ve chosen the exact course or not yet, you can start reading around the topic and familiarise yourself with the background, the benefits and techniques. Our founder Julie has been teaching baby massage for 13 years, and has built up quite a library in that time. Here are her essential reads for anyone interested in teaching baby massage:

Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage by Frederick Leboyer (1997)
One of the original baby massage manuals and one of our favourites. Out of print but copies are available through Amazon and other second hand book shops.

Baby Massage by Alan Heath and Nicki Bainbridge (2004)
Covers key techniques, everyday care and massage in a very simple way for different age groups.

Baby Massage: Proven techniques that will aid your baby's development and strengthen the bond between you by Peter Walker (2015)
Peter Walker is one of the world’s best known baby massage teachers and has written several books on the topic.

Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents by Vilama Schneider McClure (2001)
Explains a whole massage routine with some lovely pictures.

Baby Wisdom: The World's Best-kept Secrets for the First Year of Parenting by Deborah Jackson (2002)
Looks at child rearing practice across the world and their belief systems. Out of print but copies available through Amazon and other second hand book retailers.

The Social Baby: Understanding Babies' Communication from Birth by Lynne Murray and Liz Andrews (2005)
An excellent insight into the social development of babies.

Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain by Sue Gerhardt (2009)
This book explores in-depth why love and interaction are so important in the development of children.

Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montagu (1986)
Ashley Montagu’s classic text is a must read for all budding massage teachers and practitioners, and is well worth a read for parents too.

Mary Sheridan's From Birth to Five Years: Children's Developmental Progress (2014)
Mary Sheridan’s iconic text is essential reading for anyone involved in childcare, child development or health and social care.

The Science of Parenting by Margot Sutherland (2008)
A good read for parents and professionals alike. Advice backed up with practical strategies, with children from 0-12 in mind.

Blame My Brain: the Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan (2013)
Let’s not forget that children get older! This humorous and accessible book reveals insights into the workings of the often misunderstood teenage brain.

Healing Touch for Children: Massage, Acupressure and Reflexology Routines for Children Aged 4 -12 by Mary Atkinson (2009)
A book with lots of useful background and handy explanatory images.

We hope you enjoy our essential reads. Do you have a recommended read we’ve not included here? Share it on our Facebook page.

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