International Association of Infant Massage
Infant Massage has made its way mainstream in many parts of the Western World, however, it is still quite a new concept in many cultures. It is an ancient art that has been practiced in countries like India, Africa and China for centuries, and is still practiced all over the world.
This age old tradition was stumbled upon by an American woman named Vimala Schneider McClure who worked in an orphanage in India in the early 1970’s. She observed the positive effects that it had on the babies in the orphanage. She also observed mothers in the streets would lovingly massage their babies and sing to them. She thought about all the children she had known in the orphanage, and how loving, warm, and playful they were in spite of their so-called disadvantages. They took care of each other and they accepted responsibility without reservation. Perhaps, she thought, they are able to be so loving, so relaxed and natural because they have been loved like this as infants, and infants have been loved like this in India for thousands of years.
When Vimala returned to America, she practiced the Indian massage strokes on her own baby and observed its benefits first hand. She then began to introduce this art to the Western World and gradually, she founded the International Association of Infant Massage and is the author of "Infant Massage, a Handbook for Loving Parents".
Swedish strokes, reflexology, and yoga along with the Indian massage strokes, make up the curriculum for teaching parents the art of infant massage.
Infant Massage Certification:
Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) are certified by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).
International Association Mission Statement:
The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers an children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.