History of Infant Massage

Infant Massage is a long standing parenting tradition in many cultures, including India and Africa and was introduced to the Western world during the last 30 years, gaining in popularity in the UK since the late 1990’s.

Infant Massage is when a parent or primary carer, lovingly strokes or holds their baby.  Using a high quality, non-fragranced vegetable oil, soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of baby’s body, following a sequence that has been developed over many years.

The massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, so that they feel loved, valued and respected.

The IAIM infant massage classes draw from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.

The International Association of Infant Massage was founded by Vimala McClure.  It has representatives in over 50 countries worldwide consisting of tens of thousands of trained infant massage instructors who are passionate about ensuring every baby receives nurturing touch as a fundamental birth right.

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