Infant Massage Awareness Week

A history of infant massage.

Infant massage is a longstanding tradition among families in many cultures, including Indian and African.
Infant massage became popular in the UK in the late 1990’s after it was brought to the Western world in the 1970’s by Vimala McClure.
Infant massage is when a parent/carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby following a sequence of strokes that have been developed over many years. They use a good quality, non-fragranced vegetable oil. The massage offers wonderful communication between parent and baby and lets the baby know they are loved, valued and respected. The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) baby massage course gathers inspiration from both Indian and Swedish massage traditions, along with reflexology.

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