We have put together some frequently asked questions to give you more information about the trainings and courses that we offer.
Frequently asked questions
What are the differences between IAIM, MISP and IWP?
The golden thread that runs through all our programmes/trainings is NURTURING & POSITIVE TOUCH. However, the approach to receiving nurturing and positive touch is very different at different stages of life.
For babies (0 - 12mths), they should be receiving nurturing touch primarily from their parents, more commonly known as infant massage. The IAIM is the most established programme in the world for infant massage.
For children (2 - 12yrs), the MISP offers a unique child-to-child massage routine where children are taught to give and receive positive and respectful touch to each other in schools. The values of Respect and Gratitude are learnt in the process.
For adults (13yrs onwards), relieving stress is a major problem in society today and the IWP teaches adults how to recognise stress and various relaxation techniques (self and peer massage, breathing, visualisation) to bring down the stress hormones in the body!
Are there any pre-requisites for the trainings?
Yes and No! All our trainings may be taken as job-related, skills and knowledge upgrading courses to value add to your work. (i.e. the IAIM Training for nurses, midwives, lactation consultants or the MISP Training for teachers and educators working with children etc.)
If you are from a totally unrelated industry and would like to take the trainings out of pure interest and passion outside of your job, you are more than welcome to join us, the training curriculum and process is intensive enough for you to become a very competent instructor!
Do I need to bring a baby or a child to the IAIM or MISP Instructor Training?
No. Instructor trainings are intensive professional trainings conducted by the International Trainers where you will learn the core curriculum and how to deliver the programmes under their guidance. Should there be any practical sessions involved during the training, it will be arranged by us! You only need to bring yourself to the training.
Can I give massage to babies or children after I receive my certificate?
No, and we have good reasons for it! First up, you are not training as a massage therapist in our courses. If you'd like to become a massage therapist, it's a whole other training and certification process where you will require in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and a lot (and we mean A LOT) more hours of training.
The role of instructors are more like educators of the importance of nurturing and positive touch and a massage routine is just one of the several nurturing touch techniques we introduce to different age groups, depending on the training you are taking.
I want to learn the massage for my own baby, child or family member, do I need to take the training and become an instructor?
Instructor trainings are intensive and in-depth learning processes where you will be trained to deliver the programme as an educator in the form of short parent-child programmes and community or school classes. Some people appreciate understanding the research and principles behind the programme which is not covered as widely in the public classes, therefore they choose to take the instructor training instead. Once you are trained as an instructor, you will have an additional tool in your hands to help not just yourself, but others around you as well. It's a lifelong benefit!
However, if you are very sure that you only want to use it within your home and family, we are happy to arrange for a certified Instructor to teach you the programme togetherwith your baby, child or family member.
Do you offer online trainings?
No, because it's almost impossible to give a massage via a computer screen. Our trainings focus on the importance of the human touch, you will be learning how to give and receive positive and respectful touch under the guidance of the trainer who would like to look you in the eyes and establish a connection with you to make sure you've understood what you have learnt.
If you have a question that we have not addressed, please drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.