Infant Massage Workshop Series

Benefits of Infant Massage:Mother massaging newborn baby
  • Create deep bonds between parent(s) and baby
  • Provide relief from colic
  • Help baby sleep better
  • Promote better communication, confidence, trust and respect between baby and parent(s)
  • Facilitate weight gain in preterm infants
  • Stimulate brain development and improve sensory awareness

This four-week series runs on Saturday afternoons, 10:30 - 11:30am at our Portland birth center from May 17 - June 7, 2014 and again June 28 - July 19, 2014 on Saturday afternoons from 1-2pm

Ages: Birth to Pre-crawling

Four-week series cost: $99


Introduction to Infant Massage - FREE at our Portland birth center  Saturday, May 10 :: 3pm - 4pm Sunday, June 8 :: 11am - 12pm Saturday, July 19 :: 3pm - 4pm

Instructor: Paula Schaper, LMT, CEIM, CPMT

Infant massage is a gentle, loving way to connect with your baby while helping smooth their transition into the world beyond the womb. The benefits of incorporating massage into your baby’s regular routine are immense — ranging from improved digestion to deeper sleep, relieved stress to increased awareness and physical development. Further, infant massage helps parents better understand their child’s non-verbal communication which helps build mutual trust and deeper understanding, fostering an even stronger, more intimate, and confident bond between you both. This series is taught over a 4-week period, with each class lasting and hour and a half to give both the parent and baby time to learn and become comfortable with the massage. Each week parents learn strokes for a new part of the body while reviewing strokes from previous classes. So new strokes are learned and previous information is reinforced. The instructor teaches a little at a time to ensure that you are confident with every aspect. The strokes and styles of infant massage are easier to grasp when demonstrated by experienced instructors. Pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage, respect, bonding, why baby cries, baby’s body language, positioning of the baby, specific techniques to help relieve colic, constipation and other digestion discomforts, relaxation and parent empowerment are some of the skills and topics that will be discussed. The environment of this class is relaxed and laid back, allowing you to spend quality time with your baby in the supportive company of other parents while learning a new, fun skill for connecting with your child. Partners, Grandparents, or other primary caregivers are welcome to come as well! Handouts and massage oil will be provided.

To register for these classes, or for more information, please contact the instructor,

Paula Schaper, at 971-275-2002 or email