International trainers

(some updates are presently incomplete… with apologies!)

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Mia Elmsäter
Mia Elmsäter is the mother of three adult sons. She resides in Järna, Sweden and Aurora, Colorado. Mia has been working with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) since 1986… [ + ]
Mia Elmsäter is the mother of three adult sons. She resides in Järna, Sweden and Aurora, Colorado. Mia has been working with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) since 1986 teaching parent classes and developing massage programmes for babies/children with special needs. Since 1991, Mia has been working as an international Trainer with IAIM. She was also an international board member for 12 years, a member of the Committee for Trainer Candidates for 16 years, and ran the IAIM international office for 18 years.
Mia has been active in different humanitarian projects. Among those was organising and helping to set up the very first day care centre in Romania which integrated children with special needs.
In 2000, Mia co-founded the Massage in Schools Programme along with her Canadian colleague Sylvie Hétu. They co-authored “Massage in Schools Manual for Instructors” in 2000 and “Touch in Schools: A Revolutionary Strategy to Replace Bullying by Respect and to Reduce Violence” in 2010.
Mia is passionate about bringing nurturing and respectful touch to all children in all schools.

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Sylvie Hétu
Sylvie Hétu has a college diploma in nutrition from Montreal Maisonneuve College (1976) and a BSc degree in Education from Montréal University (1980) and is a qualified Steiner-teacher (master level) trained with l’Institut Rudolf Steiner au Québec (1998)… [ + ]
Sylvie Hétu is the mother of three grow-up children. She has a college diploma in nutrition from Montreal Maisonneuve College (1976) and a BSc degree in Education from Montréal University (1980) and is a qualified Steiner-teacher (master level) trained with l’Institut Rudolf Steiner au Québec (1998). She has taught primary school, as well biology and nutrition lessons to teenagers, and is an international lecturer on infant massage, parenting and education. Sylvie has been working with the International Association of Infant Massage since 1983 teaching parents of various background including multi cultural groups and vulnerable families, and since 1989 as an international Trainer bringing the IAIM in several countries on the five continents.
Sylvie has co-founded the Massage in Schools Programme (2000) along with her Swedish colleague Mia Elmsäter. Sylvie is the co-author of the Massage in Schools Manual for Instructors (2000), author of The Song of the Child (2004), co-author of Touch in Schools: a Revolutionary Strategy to Replace Bullying by Respect and to Reduce Violence (2010), has a published chapter (The Myth of Early Stimulation for Babies) in the book Too Much too Soon (2011), and her most recent book Facilitating IAIM classes (2012) serves infant massage instructors. She is currently working on three other books and continues to train and lecture worldwide. She is passionate about the idea of marrying ancient traditions with modern scientific and humanistic knowledge for improving humanity’s well-being.

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Carol Trower
Carol has been a MISP instructor since its inception in 2000 and a very experienced and passionate MISP trainer being on the first cohort in 2003. She is a former adult and child health professional with extensive experience… [ + ]
Carol has been a MISP instructor since its inception in 2000 and a very experienced and passionate MISP trainer being on the first cohort in 2003. She is a former adult and child health professional with extensive experience and has a post-graduate Diploma in Child Mental Health. She is a qualified massage therapist and infant massage instructor, volunteers in her local community and is past president of IAIM (UK). She provides independent and in-house MISP trainings/workshops, inset days and conference presentations. Carol authored the first MISP research and produced the MISP DVD. She has presented MISP on national Television plus local and regional radio programmes. Carol was the founding chair for MISA EWNI for six years and is a MISA EWNI Director. She is currently the International President of MISA International working alongside the MISP founders Mia Elmsater and Sylvie Hetu.

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Anne Crease
Anne has been a Massage in Schools Instructor since 2001 and a Trainer since 2003. She is a former schoolteacher with extensive classroom experience… [ + ]
Anne has been a Massage in Schools Instructor since 2001 and a Trainer since 2003. She is a former schoolteacher with extensive classroom experience, a grandparent to five children, a professional massage therapist and former volunteer therapist for a cancer care charity. She has a particular interest in adapting the MISP for children with special needs. Anne provides independent and in-house MISP trainings, presentations at conferences and workshops related to the educational curriculum. Anne has been a member of the Massage in Schools Association (MISA EWNI) since 2003. She is MISA EWNI Director and Membership Secretary and a former Chair of MISA EWNI.

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Anne Elston
Anne became a Trainer in 2005, not long before emigrating from Cornwall in the UK to Australia. A teacher for over 30 years working with students from 3 to 18 years, both in the UK and Australia… [ + ]
Anne became a Trainer in 2005, not long before emigrating from Cornwall in the UK to Australia. A teacher for over 30 years, working with students from 3 to 18 years, both in the UK and Australia, she worked in country, remote and special schools in Western Australia until moving to Tasmania in 2008. Currently a Support Teacher, continuing her long history of working with students who have Special Educational Needs, she works closely with school staff, visiting three schools over four days each week. Throughout all the moves and changes she has continued to train Instructors and to use the MISP in schools. She believes passionately in the MISP and takes an active role in Massage in Schools Australia..

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Rod Davies
Rod is an Educational Consultant specialising in social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). He is a retired Headteacher and has worked in a major SEBD primary school in London, managing PRU… [ + ]
Rod is an Educational Consultant specialising in social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). He is a retired Headteacher and has worked in a major SEBD primary school in London, managing PRU, Behaviour Support Team, and Primary Learning Achievement Centre (PLAC), also Head at the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, PMLD, SLD, MLD, and autism. He has worked in the secondary sector as Head of Upper School and in a Local Authority SEN Advisory Service. Rod trained as a MISP Instructor in 2002 and became a MISP trainer in 2005. He was the first President of MISA International, and is a member of the International Trainers’ Development Group, working alongside MISP founders Sylvie Hetu and Mia Elmaster and a director of MISA EWNI.

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Kate Pigeon-Owen
Kate’s mission is to provide trainings and workshops to promote positive nurturing touch and improve communication between individuals. Kate has been a MISP instructor since 2002 … [ + ]
Kate is working mother of two. Her mission is to provide trainings and workshops to promote positive nurturing touch and improve communication between individuals. Kate has been a MISP instructor since 2002 and MISP trainer since 2005. She is also an instructor and trainer for the International Association for Infant Massage (IAIM). Kate believes passionately in the power of positive nurturing touch and is striving to promote the benefits of touch in every primary school in the UK ensuring that MISP is part of the daily curriculum.

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Pierre Blais
After working as an outdoor activity professional and in business administration, he oriented his career in 1994 to the field of massage therapy… [ + ]
Pierre Blais is a happy father of one beautiful child, Ariane. After working as an outdoor activity professional and in business administration, he oriented his career in 1994 to the field of massage therapy becoming a Quebec pioneer of chair massage therapy teaching. He then specialized in massage therapy for pregnant woman and became as well a birth assistant and a prenatal trainer by teaching expecting fathers how to reduce pain during labor. He also introduced in many Quebec birth centers the use of the chair massage during labor.
Feeling very close to children, he enjoys sharing his passion for massage and movement. Pierre has been a MISP Trainer since 2007.
massageaction@sympatico.ca

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Gloria Wong
Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM, Aust) Massage in Schools Trainer (MIST, UK) First Aid Training For Infant/Child Care Personnel; Certified Aromatherapist … [ + ]
Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM, Aust) Massage in Schools Trainer (MIST, UK) First Aid Training For Infant/Child Care Personnel; Certified Aromatherapist – Full Body Massage – NSRS. Besides conducting MISP training, Gloria gives regular talks on Infant Massage at the Parkway Group hospitals, Singapore

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Kate Norfolk
Kate has been a MISP instructor since 2008 and a MISP trainer since 2011. She studied psychology to masters’ level and holds a post graduate in counselling. She worked in mental health for over 7 years and has trained and worked extensively … [ + ]
Kate has been a MISP instructor since 2008 and a MISP trainer since 2011. She studied psychology to masters’ level and holds a post graduate in counselling. She worked in mental health for over 7 years and has trained and worked extensively with various talk and touch/massage based therapies and is a busy mum of 3 fabulous children. Kate has worked as a freelance wellbeing practitioner in schools across Merseyside since 2002 and can provide in house and independent trainings (both MISP Instructor and Practitioner) as well as workshops and talks at Education Conferences. With her unique mix of academic background, hands on therapeutic skills and wealth of classroom experience, including school governance she understands the many challenges education staff and parents are faced with. She is a director of MISA and the current MISA Chair and continues to build on the solid foundations of the programme in this country, embedding it into the daily lives of all children.

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Sílvia Conde
MISP international Trainer – 2012. MISP instuctor – 2010
Co-founder of the project “ Touch with Flavours” to children 3 to 6 years in a kindgarden- 2009 and 1 to 7 years Massage instructor … [ + ]
MISP international Trainer – 2012. MISP instuctor – 2010
Co-founder of the project “ Touch with Flavours” to children 3 to 6 years in a kindgarden- 2009 and 1 to 7 years Massage instructor – 2009. Physiotherapist coordinator of a pre and post natal center -2005 . Infant Massage instructor (CIMI) – 2002. Physiotherapist in a local city hall – 1996. Physiotherapist -1991 to 2003 in the Faro´s Hospital EP
Mother of 3 children, really believe that positive touch can change children and families life. So her motto is to insist, persist and never give up promoting positive touch and respect for all children having a better future.
E-mail for contact: Massagemnasescolasportugal2012@gmail.com
Portuguese MISP website: https://sites.google.com/site/massagemnasescolasportugal/

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Isabel Fraser
Isabel started her training in massage in her twenties, although she put it on hold when starting a family. Resuming her training in relaxing and therapeutic massage with the Northern School of Massage in the 1990’s … [ + ]
Isabel started her training in massage in her twenties, although she put it on hold when starting a family. Resuming her training in relaxing and therapeutic massage with the Northern School of Massage in the 1990’s, Isabel continued her studies to gain a diploma in Remedial Massage. Becoming fascinated in the emerging practice of Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy, she did further bodywork training in that field. Being a strong advocate of massage within the family, Isabel was delighted to discover the world of baby massage and massage in schools. She trained as an instructor of IAIM Baby Massage in 2004 and then became a Massage in Schools instructor that same year. In 2011 she began the process of becoming a Massage in Schools Trainer of instructors and completed that in November 2013.

 

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Catherine Bouldoire
Elle est enseignante en école maternelle et primaire, sophrologue et instructrice en massage bébé…
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Elle est enseignante en école maternelle et primaire, sophrologue et instructrice en massage bébé.
Formatrice MISP depuis 2014, elle met régulièrement le programme en pratique dans les écoles.
Pour tout renseignement vous pouvez la joindre par mail : catherine.bouldoire@gmail.com.

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Nadine Denard
Elle est psychomotricienne, formatrice en communication relationnelle, bienveillante et émotionnelle…
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Elle est psychomotricienne, formatrice en communication relationnelle, bienveillante et émotionnelle.
Pour tout renseignement, vous pouvez la contacter par mail à : ndenard.misa@gmail.com

(also, detail needed for the following)
Andreina Bustamante
Laura Charlton
Allison Dutton
Kerry Neal
Katia Halamova
Jo Prisca Yuwono
Jacqueline Martino
Yueh-Ing Liao
Chiu Chiung-hui
Dana Hegerova
Valpurga Hopsack
Maria Hart
Kimberly Tin
Jashpreet Kaur
Paule Desrochers
Melissa Enter
Marie-Françoise Flasse
Stefanie Hasler
Jashpreet Kaur
Kimberly Tin


Previous Trainers

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Gail Bovenizer
Gail is very passionate about positive touch and became interested in holistic therapies over 13 years ago and after becoming a Massage therapist in 1999, Gail continued her studies… [ + ]
Gail is very passionate about positive touch and became interested in holistic therapies over 13 years ago. After becoming a Massage therapist in 1999, Gail continued her studies and is now a qualified in Pregnancy Massage and Indian Head Massage. She also teaches classes in Infant Massage, Baby Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Massage In Schools.
In 2004 Gail became a Trainer for MISA and has taught the Massage in Schools Programme in Ireland, UK and Germany. Gail is also an International Trainer for the IAIM (The International Association of Infant Massage) and is currently training to become a tutor for Pregnancy Massage.
Gail is also President of Baby Massage Ireland.

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Sandra Hooper
Sandra is an experienced primary school teacher and massage therapist; she has combined her experience and expertise in both fields and became a MISP instructor (2004) and MISP Trainer (2006),… [ + ]
Sandra is an experienced primary school teacher and massage therapist; she has combined her experience and expertise in both fields and became a MISP instructor (2004) and MISP Trainer (2006), she has also been the Treasurer for MISA EWNI. With her experience of teaching in schools, Sandra brings an understanding of the challenges of introducing something new into an already full curriculum; with her experience as an independent massage therapist, she has developed skills and networks that she hopes will help new instructors take the MISP forward. Whether as teachers already in schools or health professionals wanting to introduce the MISP into schools, clubs and other extended school activities.

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Janine Ryan
Janine originally trained in Community Education in Edinburgh – qualifying in 1990 and then worked in youth work settings, adult education and went on to spend 10 years working as a home school partnership worker in both primary and secondary schools… [ + ]
Janine originally trained in Community Education in Edinburgh – qualifying in 1990 and then worked in youth work settings, adult education and went on to spend 10 years working as a home school partnership worker in both primary and secondary schools. During this time she increasingly found myself working on programmes with a health focus which led to a change of employment to the Health Promotion Department in NHS Lanarkshire.
My work within NHS Lanarkshire focused on improving the health of children and young people and led me to the discovery of the Massage In Schools Programme. I have never looked back!
This programme is simple but effective, having many benefits for children (as well as staff and parents). I originally trained as an instructor, and following this went on to become a trainer. I have taught the programme to children both in and out of school settings and have now delivered a great many training courses in South Lanarkshire Council.
2013 has seen me spread my wings again and I have joined Action for Children, where I hope to offer Massage in Schools training to staff working in this organisation. I will still retain my training links within South Lanarkshire – I would find that too hard to give up!
My progression to becoming a MISP international trainer has provided me with a great opportunity to promote the programme, working with children and adults alike. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with others!

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Pauline Vallance
Pauline has been a Massage in Schools Trainer since 2003 and was lucky enough to be among the first group of Trainers trained. At the time, she was working as a Health Development Worker in schools… [ + ]
Pauline has been a Massage in Schools Trainer since 2003 and was lucky enough to be among the first group of Trainers trained. At the time, she was working as a Health Development Worker in schools and in an ideal position to follow two training paths – she carried out staff training (teachers, social workers, school nurses, psychologists) and independent training for therapists and others. Pauline believes it is good for the MISP to have these two paths. She has currently held around 50 MIS courses in Scotland and my aim is to continue spreading the touch!