classes for parents

classes for parents

IAIM classes are designed for parents to attend with their babies (from birth to 1 year) because the program is based on baby cues. So, if you’re expecting, it’s best to wait until your baby is born before joining the class.

The IAIM program is based on respect for babies therefore the IAIM Instructor is only allowed to teach using a good quality doll. Only parents may massage their baby to enhance the bonding process between parents and babies.

During the five-session course, parents will learn how to massage their babies, and they’ll also get important information about the massage process. This includes information like the best time to massage your baby, how to position them, which oil to use, creating a suitable environment, and the importance of getting your baby’s permission before massaging. You’ll also learn about your baby’s behaviours, reflexes, cues, and the specific routine for relieving colic, gas, or constipation.

In addition to learning the massage strokes, each session includes discussions facilitated by the IAIM Certified Instructor where parents can learn from each other. These discussions cover various topics like sleep, feeding, crying, returning to work, dealing with siblings, and family life.

Parents are encouraged to participate in group classes for several reasons:

  • Being in a group can provide comfort and reassurance.
  • Socialising with other parents and experiencing the challenges and joys of parenting together.
  • Being part of a group can reduce feelings of isolation, baby blues, and postnatal depression, promoting emotional and mental well-being.

However, it’s important to recognize that some parents may have reasons for not wanting or being able to attend a group class. Instructors will approach this matter with sensitivity and attentive listening. If appropriate, they can offer private one-on-one classes, where:

  • All the content covered in IAIM classes is still taught.
  • Parents receive individualised attention and an approach tailored to their needs.
  • The class is adjusted to fit their unique circumstances.

In any class setting, whether it’s in a group or a private session, parents can expect a welcoming, accepting, and non-judgmental atmosphere.

The IAIM program can also be used for premature babies and children with special needs.

During the course, it is also discussed how to adjust the massage as the baby grows, allowing you to extend the program’s benefits throughout the child’s development.

 supporting material

IAIM Nurturing Touch for Babies – The IAIM Approach Book, known as, the IAIM Book, is designed to support the classes for parents and babies conducted by IAIM certified massage instructors.  The content offers an introduction on the history, background and benefits of infant massage as well as some of the most important aspects of a parent course, such as oils, asking permission, when to massage your baby, how to read your baby’s cues, etc.  It also provides illustrations of the strokes so parents can refer to after the 5 week course has been completed.

The IAIM Nurturing Touch for Babies is being translated in several languages. To obtain a copy of this book, please contact your Chapter. If there is no Chapter in your country, please contact a nearby Chapter  or email us at:

Please note that IAIM is the exclusive owner of the intellectual property on the IAIM Nurturing Touch for Babies Book and is subject to copyright protection laws.

IAIM testimonials

What Parents think of us

“As my children grew up, I looked for those quiet moments when they really appreciated a massage. Sometimes it was when we all snuggled up in bed. Sometimes it was when I was visiting with a friend and a child found my lap was free and crawled in for a rubdown. Or after a bath. Or when they were sick. My youngest, who is now 19, still likes me to give her a massage. And sometimes she gives me one, too.”
“My twins are typical toddlers in lots of ways, but there really haven’t been any out of control fits or screaming or anything like that, and they’re both pretty centred for the most part. I give massage most of the credit for that”