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Yorkville, Illinois – April 25 – 26, 2024 – CIMI® – Lynn Barts, Licensed Trainer

April 25 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm CDT


CIMI® Certified Infant Massage Instructor Training

Hosted by: STEPS for Kids


Through our comprehensive training, participants are given the skills they need to guide/instruct their parents/primary caregivers about The Loving Touch® Method© of Massage with their newborns/children through a doll demonstration approach. This is a parent-delivered activity. The goal is to reinforce and empower parents/caregivers to have quality hands-on contact with their children which improves the parent/child bonding/attachment connection. Our certification training is presented through PowerPoints/Keynotes, lectures, audio-visual aids, shared discussions, and hands-on learning with dolls. There will be a live demonstration lab/or Zoom session with parents and their newborns each day of the training for more in-depth instruction and practical experience.

The Post-Practicum Exam portion following the training to complete certification is accomplished through our “new online” Open-Book exam, instructing The Loving Touch® Method© of massage to four families with infants/children, parent/infant observational write-ups, and parent feedback evaluations from each family.  Participants completing the Post-Practicum Exam and successfully passing will achieve their Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®) Certification.  Participants are given a 2-month timeline to complete the Exam process.  An exam extension may be approved on an individual request.

Graduates become a part of the International Registry of CIMI® through the International Loving Touch Foundation, Inc. and have full access to the MY CIMI® portal online with materials and resources. IL Early Intervention Training Program | 16 credential hours approval in the area of Working with Families. Read more about Becoming a CIMI®. Information on continuing education (see CE HOUR Accreditation information)

Who Can Attend:  The CIMI® Certified Infant Massage Instructor program is an evidence-based practice (discipline: prevention) designed for Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Speech Language, Early Intervention Specialists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Developmental Specialists, Doulas, Parent Educators, Child Life Specialists, Social Workers, Home-base visitors, and all healthcare professionals who work with infants and children. Other interested individuals should contact us directly.


Lynn Barts, MA, CIMI®, ILTF Trainer

(314) 313-5970 info@iteachbabymassage.com


  • Thursday, April 25, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. CST
  • Friday, April 26, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. CST
  • Lunch break 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. 
  • Free Parent-Baby Massage Demo Class 2:00- 3:15 pm both days- (contact: Debra Johnson 630-552-9890)

Included Readings & Supplies:

  • Instructor Training Manual, handouts and oil.
  • Touch — by Tiffany Field
  • Baby Massage: Calming Power of Touch — by Heath and Bainbridge
  • Brain-Based Parenting — by Hughes & Baylin
  • Modalities of Massage – Elaine Stillerman, Chapter Six: Infant Pediatric Massage by Diana Moore  (available only through Loving Touch)
  • Demonstration Doll: LaBaby Doll by Berenguer. 20” Soft Body with vinyl or non-cloth head, arms, and legs.
  • Specify doll choice at check out: Asian, African/American, Caucasian, Hispanic/Latino

Training Fee: $720. Includes all course materials.


1) One recommendation/character reference letter from a health care professional or professional supervisor/peer recommending you to this program.

2) One personal letter explaining why you want to learn and teach the Loving Touch® Parent-Infant Massage Program. (150-200 words)


April 25 @ 8:00 am CDT
April 26 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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Lynn Barts, MA, CIMI®, Licensed Trainer
Debra Johnson


STEPS for Kids
507 W. Kendall Drive, Ste 4
Yorkville, IL 60560 United States
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