10 Reasons to Massage Your Baby
Would You Like To ?
The International Association of Infant Massage has been providing professionals and parents, including those that adopt or foster their children, with information and expertise on infant massage since 1992.
Why choose an IAIM course?
All IAIM infant massage instructors, throughout the world, receive a comprehensive programme of practical and theoretical training.
- Respect of baby : massage is done with baby not to baby
- Parent is guided to read baby’s cues and adapt massage consequently
- Progressive learning is assured for you to successfully integrate weekly information.
- Live demo is given by attentive certified instructors.
- Instructors touch a demo doll not your baby to respect your special bond.
- The setting is relaxed and informal so responding to babies’ needs is fun and free of pressure.
- Small group size to get the personal attention you prefer.
- Supportive environment in which to share experiences.
- Course content adapts effectively for babies with special needs.
Many Certified Infant Massage Instructors offer:
Private courses if requested by individual families.
Live stream classes to adapt to global health challenges when country is in lockdown.
In person courses in a variety of family-friendly community locations typically.
Typical IAIM course is…
5 sessions, once a week, 1.5h.
4 to 6 families group setting.
Recommended age: from birth to 1 year old.
Adaptable to suit your baby’s special needs
What Trainees think of us
“I am the kind of mom who needs to know all before trying… I read a bunch of books, watched many video clips, and started on my own but stopped quickly as Helen was crying hard after I practiced on her tummy. What was missing? I went to Christel’s class and I learned a very important thing: we do not do massage to baby but we massage with baby… that, you never find in videos! And it makes all the difference..“
“What I loved most is the special time my baby and I spent together in class. Being outside home, I can forget for a moment my many activities, and really focus on my 3rd baby. I appreciated never force upon my baby the massage, take time for pause, so we can both keep enjoying and not fear to disturb the class. What a joy to feel so welcome!”
“I learned to observe my baby cues, adapt massage rhythm, pressure, part of the body. I understand him better, discovered what he likes or dislikes, how to choose right time to massage and I was successful at practicing every Sunday our time together since my son was 3 months old”
“The benefits of infant massage extend beyond mother and baby and includes the ability for fathers to recognize the importance of positive touch and connection. Many men express concern that their baby is too fragile, or that their time to bond will come when their child is old enough to run and jump and play. As a male instructor, I can tell you that the men I have worked with using Infant Massage leave more comfortable and confident in their parenting abilities, and often express an appreciation for a new avenue of connection with their little one. “
“So many men are afraid to touch their little ones. “My hands are too big”…”I might hurt them”….”I dont know how”… Those fears are real. They own them. Okay, then lets just sit with her. Make your hands warm, ask permission and just rest them lightly on her arms. But always look at her. Look into her eyes. Listen with your ears…and your hands and eyes and heart. She will talk to you. And breath. I tell him that his little girl has not taken her eyes off of him since he first touched her….He smiles..and she smiles back….everything is okay. Powerful moment.”