International trainers

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

Jashpreet Kaur

Jashpreet Kaur is a Psychology major and an Ayurveda Massage Therapist whose passion is working with parents and their children as well as children in schools. [ + ]
She followed her heart and made a unique career from this. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and Massage in Schools Instructor and International Trainer with the Massage in Schools Association (MISA).Jashpreet also conducts awareness talks regularly and is an Author with her first book, Cuddles of Love, published in 2015.

Jashpreet has also assisted schools in implementing the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) and done various activities with parents and their children. She hopes to see more children in school allowed to learn in a more relaxed and less stressful manner for their mental and emotional well-being and MISP can provide that platform. She brings her enthusiasm when she trains MISP instructors around the world and truly believes that this programme is impressive and every child needs touch as a human being for the betterment of our society.


Yueh-Ing Liao

Yueh-Ing has been a MISP instructor since 2012 and a trainer since 2015. She studied philosophy for children in masters’ level and holds a doctorate degree in Education. [ + ]
She worked in early childhood nursing and education department in Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology as a professor since 2002.Yueh-Ing works closely with kindergarten teachers in China and Taiwan.

She is passionate about the idea of promoting children’ well-being.


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