I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair. She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.
What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers. Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old. Not so with Michelle - since she is a licensed massage therapist, she is able to tailor classes especially to the group.
I wish you enjoy this month's Inside Look with Michelle! Her contact information is at the end of the post if you want to enroll in an upcoming class, or take advantage of her FREE monthly intro classes.
Tell me about East Valley Infant Massage.
East Valley Infant Massage (“EVIM”) provides private and group classes to teach parents and caregivers how to massage their babies. I provide nurturing touch skills to parents to impact children for a lifetime.
What kind of clientele does EVIM serve?
EVIM classes are designed for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers who want to include a powerful tool in their care giving to help promote healthy bonding, growth and development. Parents with babies who have tummy issues report that regular massage has been helpful in minimizing digestion discomforts. Regular massage also promotes better sleep and relieves other issues such as teething and congestion.
What age range of client does this service care for? Is there anything you do not provide for?
Our typical class participants range from 3 weeks old to pre-crawling, mostly because we then have a captive audience. We do welcome children up to around 3 years of age, but the more mobile the child, the more creative we have to get in class. It makes for an interesting session!
Even though I am also a licensed massage therapist and can massage the babies myself, I do not provide the massage to the baby directly (I bring demo dolls with me to class) because I want to empower the caregiver with the skills to massage baby not only in class, but long after. There are some interesting studies out there that show that infant massage can help parents become more confident in their abilities as parents.
What makes EVIM unique?
I tailor each class for the needs of the participants. I'm currently working on adding new classes at different times of the day/week to best accommodate moms and dads with different schedules. Because not one time is perfect for all babies, I understand that sometimes baby will be sleeping or fussy during class. I encourage participants to tend to their babies' needs, such as feeding, changing or rocking baby while watching the instruction. I always send parents home with great handouts to help them practice at home and welcome any follow up questions (during the next class in a series or by phone/email/text in case anything was missed during class.
What motivated you to start EVIM?
I have been a massage therapist for almost 14 years and have worked on clients of all ages, including babies and toddlers. When I had my son 4 years ago, I joined different mom groups online and in person and saw a lot of moms asking for help in different areas with their babies, including sleeping issues, tummy problems and advice for helping dad and siblings bond with baby. I knew that infant massage can help immensely in these areas and more, so I decided to get my certification to teach infant massage to parents to give them more tools to help their babies and their families.
Is there anything else our readers should know about EVIM?
I'm often asked for the magic massage routine that will make all babies sleep through the night or get rid of gassy tummies completely. I wish I could say that there is one surefire way to accomplish these things. However, I know that touch is a simple, yet powerful and underutilized tool that can be added to routine care giving and can make a huge difference for families. Even if baby is a relatively "easy" baby, the family can experience many benefits from massage. I love to facilitate those benefits for my class participants.
What inspires you?
Tough question, since I have many sources of inspiration. My son and husband inspire me daily; as they remind me to slow down, enjoy the day-to-day and find joy in simple pleasures. I'm also inspired by those who do for others with no expectation of getting anything in return.
Michelle's contact informtation
WHERE TO FIND MICHELLE:
**Free intro class for expectant parents at the Ahwatukee Babies"R"Us on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7
**Group classes held at Modern Mommy. Check the website as new classes will be added soon.
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