Learn how to massage your baby (age approx 3-8 months)
4 week course (approx 90 mins per week) £45 – includes a FREE bottle of oil
Please contact me for class times and availability (07779 187475) At present I cannot offer group classes, but am delighted to offer classes on a 1:1 basis from my practice room in Tring. (Alternatively I may be able to come to your home so please call to discuss.)
The IAIM Infant Massage 1:1 programme is a four week course where I teach a parent to massage their own baby. The focus is not simply on the massage strokes – the massage is a tool to help strengthen the bond between babies and their parents through nurturing touch. I also include theory, teach a colic routine, facilitate discussions, and offer a safe and comfortable place for parents to parent their babies. Parents are the experts and babies are the masters – here babies can be babies. There will be times when a baby may not want a massage, and that’s just fine – parents are encouraged to do whatever they need to tend their babies during the classes. And there’s tea and cake at the end!
IAIM 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 and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.”
Massage has been used in many cultures for thousands of years. In the 1970’s, the IAIM founder, Vimala McClure, travelled to India as a young volunteer to work in an orphanage. The conditions were challenging, but Vimala noticed that in spite of this, the babies enjoyed being massaged by the women that helped in the orphanage, and also by the older girls. She noticed how warm, loving and playful the children were, in spite of the difficulties, and wondered if part of this came from being massaged and shown love as infants. She herself developed malaria, and was tended continuously by the women of the village, comforted by their touch and their love. On her way home, she passed a tiny shanty, where a mother sat outside, her baby on her knees, massaging her. Even in the depth of this poverty, she was able to give the baby this gift. Something stirred in Vimala, and it became her mission to find a way to spread the word about infant massage further. She returned to America, and in due course had her first baby. She started to massage him, eventually devising a massage routine and naming the strokes. They were derived from elements of Indian massage, Swedish massage, yoga and reflexology. Other parents asked her to share the routine, and she began teaching a five week course from home.
In 1976, Vimala wrote “Infant Massage, a Handbook for Loving Parents” – in 1982 she was sent on a world tour to publicise its publication by Bantam Books, and her work was gaining worldwide recognition. In 1981 the International Association of Infant Massage Instructors was born when Audrey Downes sponsored an Instructor Training in California. Audrey, a retired nurse, also worked hard to bring it into a viable framework. The IAIM became truly international in 1986, and the official process of becoming a non-profit organisation began. The word “Instructors” was dropped by 1995, at which time there were chapters all over the world. The programme is now in over 70 countries worldwide.
International Association of Infant Massage www.iaim.net
www.iaim.org.uk (UK Chapter)