Maria Mathias - Co-Founder of The International Institute of Infant Massage
 
Experience

1995-Present ....Founder & Principle Trainer for the International Institute of Infant Massage

1984-2005 ....Trainer of U.S. and International Instructors for the International Assn. of Infant Massage

 
 
       
 
1992-Present ....First Infant Massage Specialist , University of New Mexico Medical Center, Pediatrics Dept. Developmental Care working with infants at risk and their families in the settings of the NICU, home visitation, and in a developmental follow-up special baby clinic.

1999-Present ....Developed and implemented an advanced training, Touching Lives: A Developmental Approach - Infants and Children Born with Special Needs

1996-Present ....Developed and implemented an advanced training, Touching Lives: A Developmental Approach - Infants Born Biologically & Environmentally At-Risk

March 1996 .....Developed and presented continuing education course for IAIM -"Touch and Massage for Babies and Children with Special Needs" Montreal, Canada

1993 ....Implemented first Infant Massage program in New Zealand

1992-1995 ....Infant Massage instructor for Las Pasos, a program for parents who have a history of substance abuse, and infants who are prenatally exposed to drugs

1992-1993 ....Piloted Hospital/Agency Infant Massage Trainings in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand

1993 ....Piloted the first Infant Massage Instructor Training for moms with a history of substance abuse. Albuquerque, NM (These moms became infant massage instructors)

1989 .....Certified Doula

1989-1996 ....Chairperson of Educational Committee/Development of curriculum for US and International Trainers training program

1988-1990....Implemented first Infant Massage program in Italy

1986 ....Produced "Parents & Children-Keeping in Touch" Infant Massage Video for well babies - still used today

1985-1986 ....Infant Massage Instructor, Franciscan Hospital, Rock Island, IL.

1983-Present ....Trained over 6000 Infant Massage Instructors including parents, childbirth educators, social workers, early interventionists, speech pathologists, case workers, doctors, massage therapists, nurses, midwives, lactation consultants, childlife specialists, and OTs and PTs.

1982-Present ....Trained over 8000 parents in Infant Massage

1982-1987 ....Instructor of Massage and Reflexology, Scott Community College, Bettendorf, IA

1982-1985 ....Infant Massage Instructor, Illini Hospital, Silvis, IL. (first IM Instructor to teach hospital classes)

1976-Present ....Licensed Massage Therapist

Abstract

Infant Massage - Everyone Benefits, authored article on the benefits of infant massage, Massage Today, November 2003

Infant Massage & Breast feeding - The Big Picture, Boston Medical Center, Keynote Speaker, Boston, MA, June 2001

Infant Massage in the NICU, Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN, September 2001

Infant Massage and Behavioral Cues, NANN SW Conference, Albuquerque, NM May 2, 2000

Infant Massage - Beyond the Basics, Amazing Newborn Conference, Albuquerque, NM Jan 2000

Infant Massage, authored Chapter of Fundamentals of Massage Therapy, W.B. Saunders (Harcourt Brace) released Spring 1999

Infant Massage, Public Television 30 minute Special, Albuquerque, NM , August 1997

Infant Massage for Infants with Emotional Abuse, Child Abuse Prevention, Albuquerque, NM Feb 1997

Utilizing the Interview Process in Infant Massage Instruction. IAIM International Trainers Assembly, Montreal, Can, May 1996

Massage for All Children, 1996 Int'l Parent-to-Parent Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 1996.

Infants and Children with Prenatal Drug Exposure and Their Families, Las Cumbres workshop series on early childhood mental health issues, Espanola, New Mexico, Feb. 1996.

Adapting Touch for Critically Ill, Drug Exposed, and Pre-Term Infants, International Assn. of Infant Massage National Convention, St. Louis, MO, November 1995.

Massage for Families, Blind and Deaf Regional Conference, Albuquerque, NM , August 1995.

Therapeutic Touch with High-Risk Infants and Children, Magic Years Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Sept .1995.

Infant Massage in the 90's. American Massage Therapy Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM., 10/94.

Massaging Infants and Young Children-What It's All About Magic Years Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Sept. 1994.

Adaptations of Infant Massage for Infants with Special Needs. Ninth Annual Statewide Conference on Deaf- Blindness & Multiple Disabilities, Austin, TX. February, 1994.

Alternative Therapeutic Approaches with Families - Infant Massage and Art Therapy. New Visions for Families in Crisis, Albuquerque, NM., November, 1993

Innovative Approach with Infant Massge from the Hospital to Home to Community. International Association of Infant Massage - 3rd Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA Sept '93

Implementing Infant Massage from Hospital to Home. Magic Years Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Sept.1993.

Int"l Assn. of Infant Massage Instructors National Convention/presenter, Orlando, FL, March 8, 1992.

Infant Release. International Association of Infant Massage National Convention. Orlando, FL., March, 1992.

Infant Massage and Physical Therapy. National Physical Therapy Convention. San Francisco, CA., February, 1992.

Positive Strokes, Keeping in Touch with Your Child, Inservice, Franciscan Hospital, Rock Island, IL. May, 1985.

Infant Massage & Fathers, Oprah Winfrey's AM Chicago, Dec 1984.

AWARDS

1996 & 1998 .....Infant Massage Instructor of the Year, presented by the International Association of Infant Massage

 
 
           
 
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