The Association of Shantala Massage Instructors (Vakgroep Shantalamassage Docenten, VSD) is a professional group for and run by Shantala baby massage instructors and professionals in specialised care. All members have completed training at one of the VSD-accreditated programs and awarded a certificate. The VSD is the point of contact for those who are interested in learning more about Shantala baby massage and Shantala massage in specialised care.
Origins of the VSD
On August 2, 1999, the board of directors registered itself as a professional association. The statutes were translated into internal regulations, which are reviewed, adjusted and confirmed annually during the association’s general meeting. In 2019, the association had 242 members. You can find the active instructors and special care professionals in the registry of this website.
Aim of the VSD
The VSD aims to increase the general public’s awareness of Shantala massage and to further develop activities related to Shantala massage in the Netherlands. In addition, the VSD offers opportunities to facilitate the professional development its members and the quality of care they provide.
We do this by means of:
- Workshops, lectures, publications and collaborating with training programs.
- Continuing education courses and congresses that allow members to network and exchange experiences and expertise.
- Electronic newsletters sent by email.
- The VSD Facebook page for members where queries and experiences can be shared.