The International Association of Infant Massage is the Gold Standard for Infant Massage.
The IAIM was founded in America in the 1970s by Vimala McClure and is now delivered in over 50 countries across the world. The UK chapter celebrated its 20th birthday last year.
During the decades, the infant massage routine has been perfected – it’s based on ancient traditions of Indian and Swedish massage, yoga and reflexology, and is supported by modern scientific research. As well as the practical skills of baby massage, parents attending an IAIM course learn supporting theory – such as timing massage to suit individual babies and reading baby’s cues. The discussion element of the class is an important part of IAIM courses.
I trained with the IAIM in June 2017. This involved a rigorous week of training including practical practice and assessment with real life mums, dads and babies. Following this, I taught a full five week course as a case study on which I wrote a 2000 word report. On top of this there was a two part assessment paper on the history, the physiology, the benefits and the ethos of IAIM baby massage. I passed first time and received great feedback from my trainer.
I’m fully qualified to work with families with babies who were born pre-term or babies with additional needs. I also have experience of working with families with twins.
As a member of the IAIM I belong to an amazing national and international team of certified infant massage instructors, including our founder Vimala herself. I have an incredible support network, and feel confident that my skills and knowledge are completely up to date through the regular massage stroke reviews and research shared by my colleagues.
So if you think all baby massage courses are the same, think again. The IAIM really is the very best! And my classes include home baking 😉