Train as an infant massage instructor

Develop your professional skills and enhance your career

Train as an infant massage instructor 

Support children and families, doing something you love

Training styles to suit you

With lots of additional support to be the best instructor you can be

Our training

Create the career you desire and learn how to teach infant massage with our baby massage instructor course across the UK and in your home.

Our 'open' face to face blended learning day infant massage instructor training courses are held twice yearly. We also offer courses that take place on Zoom, so you can join us from wherever you are! The next course dates will be added here (we've just held a course in May 2024).

We also offer a comprehensive online distance learning option so you can learn from home (or wherever you wish) at a time and pace that suits you.

Our aim is to train you to be able to deliver a really flexible and accessible way of teaching infant massage. We train you in our 4 and 5 week course structure for supporting parent and baby groups and individuals but really want you to be able to teach it the way your clients and customers need you to.
We also offer a range of other learning options such as in house infant massage instructor courses for children centres and charities, distance learning and one to one training, as well as bespoke options.

We have had the privilege to train people over 4000 students as infant massage and baby and toddler yoga instructors who are out there creating the career they desire by teaching infant massage or yoga to parents and babies. Instructors are teaching infant massage and making a real difference to families in many different settings such as private practice, children's and Flying Start centres, nurseries, paediatric wards, Portage services and additional needs school nurseries, social services, cardiac units and special care baby units to name a few.
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To baby and beyond

Therapists Association

Federation of
Anti-Natal Teachers
The CPD Standards Office
International institute for complementary therapists
Westminster Indemnity

What's included?

Ongoing expert support to enable to you gain the career you desire while supporting parents and babies

Expert tuition

From experienced tutors

Unique Learning Paths

We guarantee you an exceptional experience with flexible learning paths and professional guidance

Video presentations

For all our courses enabling you to learn and also refresh yourself


We will check progress and support you along the way to ensure you are a safe and competent instructor.

Discuss with others

Participate in our online community, share thoughts and ideas, increase connection, get help with your studies

Monthly Zoom sessions ongoing throughout your training and beyond

Our experts offer options support sessions and massage circles every month. 

What does the course cover

Principles of infant massage

  • History
  • Benefits
  • Principles
  • Research relating to infant massage 
  • Strokes and movement

Safety and health considerations

  • Preparing for your classes
  • Safety aspects and explanations
  • Contraindications for masage
  • Health considerations for parents and babies attending your classes

Parent / child relations

  • Baby cues
  • Bonding and attachment
  • Supporting the parent / child relationship though massage techniques

Infant development

  • Relevant anatomy and physiology Infant development from utero to 1 year
  • Ages and stages in your massage class
  • Adaptation of strokes movements and positioning for older and younger babies

Strokes and movements

  • Whole body infant massage routine 
  • Strokes for specific conditions such as colic and sleep
  • Adaptations for younger and older babies
  • Adaptations for different settings

Business development 

  • Marketing your classes
  • Business tips and ideas
  • Creating marketing material
  • Social media marketing

Frequently asked questions

Do I need any qualifications to start the course?

There are no specific qualification you need to start the infant massage instructor course. However if you do not have an anatomy and physiology qualification you will need to re a recommended text book. Many of our instructors have experience in the following.
  • Childcare practitioner such as a nursery nurse, nanny or childminder
  • Sure Start / children's centre workerMassage therapyBodywork
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health care worker (nurses, health visitors and midwives)
  • Parent or experience of children

Do I need to complete case studies with real parents and babies?

Yes on all of our courses you will need to complete a group case studies with at least 4 parents and babies and a one to one case study with one parent and baby. We advise on the course how best to get these volunteers together.

What will I receive at the end of the course?

You’ll receive a diploma in teaching infant massage (Instructor Course).
Please note this is a therapy diploma and not an academic diploma. Please note this is not a 'hands on' massage qualification and will qualify you to teach parents to massage their babies. You will not be qualified to massage babies yourself but to teach parents to massage their own babies.

Are the face to face courses and the distance learning the same qualification?

Both courses have exactly the same qualification and content they are just delivered in slightly different ways.

Is the course accredited or recognised by any other organisations?

Our highly accredited baby massage instructor training face to face courses are fully approved, accredited and validated by the following organisations:
  • the Complementary Therapists Association - CThA
  • the International Institute of Complementary Therapy - IICT,
  • the CPD Standards Office,
  • the Federation of Antenatal Educator [FEDANT]- Westminster Indemnity

Do I need any equipment?

You’ll need a doll (preferable soft bodied), towel, small blanket and a cushion.

What else is included?

  • The ability to create a career you desire as a baby massage instructor which is flexible, accessible and able to work around your existing commitments.
  • Expert tuition will be led by Julie Cleasby who is an experienced infant massage and baby yoga instructor, registered paediatric nurse and health visitor or one of her experienced team.
  • Access to our team of trainers have backgrounds in midwifery, health visiting, child development, teaching, massage, physiotherapy bringing a wide variety of skills and experience. They have all also previously trained with To Baby and Beyond themselves.
  • Access to our instructor support Academy
  • Access to bi-monthly webinars with Founder Julie Cleasby on a range of topics including massage and yoga updates and also business set up.
  • You will receive downloadable handouts to support your learning.
  • Many video demonstrations throughout the course
  • Assessment fees.
  • Ongoing support throughout your post-course self-directed study.
  • An exclusive invite to our student and instructor Academy'group just for To Baby and Beyond.
  • Monthy email updates.
  • Invite to our monthly virtual Live Student coaching session with Julie
  • Invite to our monthly virtual live instructor Q and A sessions with Julie or one of the training team
  • Invite to our monthly Get Confident challenges
  • Exclusive offers and discounts on further instructor trainings, courses and events
  • Access to further reduced cost study and CPD events.
Meet your trainers

Our expert infant massage training team

Julie is a registered paediatric nurse (specialising in child health), a registered health visitor and Early Years first aider. She is an experienced infant massage, baby yoga and toddler yoga instructor and trainer. She is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, EFT practitioner, life coach and hypnobirthing educator. Julie has worked with women and their families for over 21 years. She has a wealth of experience with women in the ante-natal and post-natal periods and a variety of teaching experience in child health issues. Julie is also a mother of twins and understands the importance and impact of positive touch on bonding as she has seen it ‘first hand’.

 Julie Cleasby
Founder To Baby and Beyond
Jessica is an experienced and practising primary school teacher and further education tutor, with a specialism in Early Years education. She has over 18 years of experience working with children of all ages and is passionate about helping parents and carers to lay good foundations with their child from the early stages of childhood. Jessica is our in house Early Years Consultant at To Baby and Beyond, this makes sure we are up to date with the latest research and developments in education and child development.  

As a mother of a young family, Jessica had first-hand experience of the positive impact that baby massage could have upon the nurturing and development of a child. This positive experience with baby massage inspired Jessica to train as an Infant Massage Instructor.. Jessica facilitates the infant massage, baby yoga and toddler yoga instructor courses in London and across the South East. She is also our distance and online learning lead tutor for the instructor courses.

Jessica Barnaschone 
Tutor and Early years Advisor
Kimberley is an experienced infant massage, baby & toddler yoga instructor supporting students through their distance learning and face to face training with To Baby and Beyond. She also runs her own company and has been running classes for parents in the Lincolnshire area for over 12 years.

She has a background in early years but more recently her business has taken the direction of antenatal birth and postnatal support. Now a doula, hypnobirthing practitioner and women’s emotional health coach Kimberley has a keen interest in supporting women who have experienced birth trauma or have suffered with pre and postnatal anxiety and depression. She is passionate about massage and yoga and the many benefits they bring to both baby and parent, and thoroughly enjoys delivering these classes still alongside her other roles. Kimberley is really excited to be able to share her own experience, knowledge and passion with trainee instructors.

 Kimberley also personally struggled with postnatal anxiety and depression she describes baby massage to have been a ‘life saver’ during this time and that is where and how her journey began.
Kimberley Boyd
Infant massage / baby yoga trainer

See what our clients have to say!

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The videos were fantastic, it was great to see Julie demonstrate the strokes and hear her explain things as she would do in a class setting with parents. The video assignments and the lesson planning assignments were also invaluable for learning. I felt confident and prepared to complete my case studies after I completed these assignments.

Infant massage student

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Would recommend

Really enjoyed the massage and yoga training that I attended. It was fun and very comprehensive. I felt at ease throughout and left at the end feeling like this is something I can do. There is heaps of support and feedback and small class sizes mean lots of time to practice and get individual feedback. I would happily recommend the classes.I would recommend this training to others. It is a valuable opportunity to grow as an employer and improve our workplace culture.

Jen Rose

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Training in baby massage with to baby and beyond was excellent! Very thorough training and really helpful to do the case studies and get to practice teaching before being thrown into the deep end! The level of support after qualifying is fantastic, with the Facebook group and access to contact Julie and the tutors there is always someone there to answer any questions or give advice.

Heather Turner

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Love teaching this!

I qualified with Julie in autumn 2010 as an Infant Massage Instructor. I run local ‘drop-in massage’ sessions at a few locations and also offer 1-2-1 courses in parent's own homes for them to learn baby massage in a way that is most relevant to them. I absolutely love teaching and how easy it has been to fit my business in with my own life. I'm about to take a break though as I’m due with our next baby in about 10 days!


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