A LETTER FROM VIMALA MAY 1, 2015

Anis
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Dear friends and colleagues all over the world,  All Love and Blessings!

I thought it might be time to talk about myself a little, especially for those of you who don’t yet know me.

As you know, I learned about infant massage in India in 1973 and, during and after my first pregnancy in 1976, I researched the effects of touch on all mammals and human babies. After having my baby and massaging him for several months, I put together a curriculum for myself and began teaching parents (mostly mothers at that time) my five-session course out of my living room. I won’t go into all the research, writing, my book, training instructors and then trainers. It was an amazing time.

My last training was in 1985 (I think!) after which I collapsed with a severe case of mononucleosis that I had picked up in one of my travels to India. It started a long difficult journey with my health, which prevented me from teaching or training again.  I was and am utterly and completely grateful to the wonderful instructors and trainers I had trained who carried on with this mission and association. I had to be basically absent for many years, disabled and unable to function. I was kept informed of everything having to do with IAIM, and I was able to attend and speak at the GA in London, and then attend the GA here in Denver.

Around 2011, I began posting this blog intermittently and received some financial help from the organization for that. I continue to write this blog, much more actively. I spend several hours a day doing research and posting to Facebook and my blog here.

I received what I can only call a miraculous healing in September, 2014. Since then, I feel totally normal and myself again, pain-free with absolutely no health problems. I have been able to attend to my health, becoming fit, losing weight, and enjoying life again.

I am considering training again, but I’m not sure I want to give up any aspect of my relaxed, semi-retired life. I very much want to attend the next GA in Paris in 2016, and I would love it if you can come so I can finally meet so many of you that have joined us during the time that I was ill.

I love hearing from parents, instructors, and trainers all over the world. It gives me so much joy to hear your stories! Thank you, each and every one, for your dedication. My fondest wish was always that what I started continue forever, and never be “watered down,” corrupted, or devoured by some multinational company or any other organization that doesn’t understand the subtleties of this work. When I began teaching, there were many instances in which some big organization or company wanted to “franchise” my work, and though at that time my family was poor and I felt so small, I resisted every one of those attempts even though I would have made LOTS of money.

I insisted that IAIM not be “medicalized” by physicians or medically trained individuals. I saw what happened to other organizations that went to the medical community for a “stamp of approval” and support, and I didn’t want those results to happen to IAIM. Now we are “big and strong” and able to handle interaction and support from the medical establishment. An interesting note is that my kids’ pediatrician was the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics and he wrote the preface for my book. He supported everything I did unconditionally, and I think that was a great help.

Infant Massage, a Handbook for Loving Parents has been in print for 36 years. For a long time, it provided financial support for my family. However, sales have decreased and thus my royalties have decreased significantly. Bantam/Random House is doing a new printing (with some important changes) in 2016; I am happy that they still have faith in my book. It is now in 14 languages! I am sad that many instructors around the world are unable to provide my book to parents because of the cost. I hope that it doesn’t ever completely go out of print. I hope to do a new edition/revision in 2020.

Once again, thank you so much for your love for and dedication to this work. We are healing the world, one baby at a time.