Betsy Webb, B.A., R.M.T.
Dr. Vodder School International, Certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy, 2007
Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, Diploma in massage therapy, 1999
Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Jill Vyse, 1997
Oberlin College, BA in biology, 1985
Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Vodder Certified Manual Lymphatic Therapist
Betsy Webb has been an RMT since 1999, and Infant Massage Instructor since 1997, and a Manual Lymphatic Therapist since 2007. Additionally she teaches children, ages 3 to 14, to massage each other. She taught massage therapy for 5 years at the Canadian College of Natural Medicine/Canadian School of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She has experience with a wide range of clients including pregnant women, people who have been in motor vehicle accidents, people with repetitive strain injuries, and people recovering from alcohol and drug addictions.
“I believe too many people live with too much pain thinking ‘Oh, well, I am just getting older’. Massage therapy can decrease much of that pain.”
Her techniques include general Swedish massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), trigger point therapy, rhythmic mobilizations, and myofascial release.
She has taught many classes including Infant massage, Pregnancy massage, Massage for people with neurological conditions, and Massage for people with serious medical conditions.
Betsy also loves kids, sailing, biking and reading.
Infant massage has many benefits. One is giving parents permission to stop running around trying to do everything and to spend focused, quiet time with their baby. Another is that touch is essential for human development. Our culture has issues around touch. An infant massage class will facilitate parents and other caregivers touching their babies with greater ease. A special characteristic of infant massage is that you start by asking your baby if they want massage. The baby will make it clear if they do or don’t. This helps let the baby know that you respect their body, and they can respect their bodies, too. This helps them know that they can say no to any type of touch from any person at any time. (Of course, they will need their diapers changed, clothes changed, etc.) And of course, infant massage helps bonding between caregivers and babies.