Train as an infant massage instructor

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 2 day infant massage instructor training courses are held twice yearly with more frequent courses taking place over Zoom.

**We're pleased to be taking bookings for our next Zoom baby massage instructor course. It takes place on Saturday 11th May.

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.

What is infant massage?

Infant massage is one of the easiest and most pleasant methods of providing early positive interaction through bonding, fun, trust and relief whilst incorporating nurturing touch, massage and reflexology. Infant massage is very gentle strokes on a baby's skin with its main aim to support attachment and bonding. It also incorporates some gentle movements as well.

What’s the aim of the diploma in teaching infant massage?

The infant massage instructor training course is designed to provide practitioners with the knowledge and teaching ability to safely and effectively deliver infant / baby massage sessions and courses to parents and babies within a variety of individual and group settings. This will also include being able to deliver online sessions to parents and babies.

What age of babies is infant massage suitable for?

Infant massage can be used from birth and on into the Early Years. We find that most parents attend classes with their babies from around 4/5 weeks up until the babies are wriggling/ crawling away (around 7-10 months). Although the techniques can be used with older babies and toddlers the above is usually typical of an infant massage class or session.

Who can go on the infant massage instructor course?

You’ll need to be experienced in just one of the following:

  • Childcare practitioner such as a nursery nurse, nanny or childminder
  • Sure Start / children's centre worker
  • Massage therapy
  • Bodywork
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health care worker (nurses, health visitors and midwives)
  • Parent or experience of children
What can I expect to learn?
  • Principles, history and benefits of infant massage
  • Preparing for baby massage classes
  • Safety aspects and explanations
  • Infant development in relation to infant massage
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health considerations for baby massage classes
  • Infant massage strokes and movements
  • Infant massage in different circumstances
  • Infant massage in groups and with individuals
  • Setting up and marketing your infant massage business
  • Running infant massage courses both face to face and virtually online
How is it taught?

Open face to face courses

  • 2 day face to face or virtual face to face (Zoom) or
  • 1 day blended learning face to face - this includes 3-4 hours of pre course work.
  • Case studies and post course assessments follow all our training

In-house face to face in your venue or virtual face to face

  • 2 day face to face or virtual face to face or
  • 1 day blended learning face to face - this includes 3-4 hours of pre course work.
  • Case studies and post course assessments follow all our training Please let us know if you would like us to train your group.

Distance online learning

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.


This course is also externally CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited by the CPD Standards Office and this is stated on your qualification certificate on completion.

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:

These distance learning baby massage teacher training courses are also validated and accredited by

This means that you can join the CThA, IICT or FEDANT Professional Register and gain insurance for your practice. Our distance learning course for baby massage training is recognised by Westminster Indemnity, FEDANT and The CPD Standards Office.

Do I need any equipment?

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

Can I train in baby yoga as well?

Yes we also offer a baby yoga instructor course. This can be taken separately or combined with any baby massage course to for a further discount. We also offer toddler yoga instructor training as well.

Did you know we also offer Tummy time instructor training?
This is great add on to your infant massage or baby yoga training or for your nursery and childcare practitioners. Please click here for more information.

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.

Instructor training prices

Which infant massage instructor course is right for me?

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Why should I learn how to be a baby massage instructor?

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 distance learning student, November 2020

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.
Jen Rose, March 2018

I attended to 1 day Baby Massage course with Kate having completed Modules 1-3 at home. A great day of hand on training in a relaxed and small, friendly group. We had lots of teaching practise which I was quite nervous to begin with but Kate was really positive about our teaching and helped reinforce points as we went through each stroke. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of training in baby massage. The pre course learning, the course itself and the handbook are excellent. I can't wait to start my case study groups and 121 case studies!
Christine Saunders, November 2017

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, September 2017

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.
Jen Rose, March 2018

I recently attended the Baby and Beyond One Day Infant Massage training course. For anyone in a position, as I was, where being away from home/work for days at a time can be a problem, this course was a fantastic. I did not feel that I had to compromise on the content covered because the pre-course material acted as a fantastic overview of what we would be learning on the day. We also received a high quality, comprehensive handbook on the day, which I can see proving invaluable to my continued learning. Julie was professional, supportive and coherent in her teaching, which made all the difference to my confidence in applying the skills I learned on the course. I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to train as an infant massage instructor, especially if time away from home/work is an issue.
Robyn Irwin, July 2016

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!

I qualified as an Infant Massage Instructor with Julie in Nov 2011 whilst I was on maternity leave. I have set up Happy Hands Baby Massage in Teddington and work this around my day job as an Events Manager and my young family. I hope to expand Happy Hands as our family grows and family needs change. Ideally I hope Happy Hands will one day be my main business and hope to add baby yoga, pregnancy massage & more for a rounded experience for mums. There are lots of babies in my area so I am hoping for word of mouth to help me along the way!

I really enjoyed the Infant baby massage distance learning course. I’ve got great support and quick reply to questions I had. Julie was great to work with over our Skype session. My assignments were send back really quickly after marking with feedback that is useful. I recommend the course for anyone interested in taking the distance course. Very happy with this company. Thank you for all the great support and it was great working with you.
Rozanne du Preez
South Africa

  • UK Open Courses

    We currently run face to face courses in-person and online on Zoom. In-person courses typically take place in Brighton, London, Manchester or Doncaster.

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  • One-to-one

    This intensive one to one baby massage teacher training course is just for individual learners and takes place in your own home, over Zoom or at our venue in West Sussex.

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  • Home Distance Learning

    Our distance learning infant massage instructor training uses Email, Skype and video presentations which allow you to learn how to teach baby massage in your own home and in your own time.

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