Baby massage is a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures, including Indian and African, and was introduced to the western world during the last 30 years, gaining in popularity in the UK since the late 1990’s.
The International Association of Infant Massage course is delived over 5 sessions, each one building on the previous with time to practise the strokes learnt previously and adding in some new ones. The course includes;
- Massage stokes for legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back
- A short colic routine
- Gentle movements and touch relaxation
- The best time and for how long to massage
- What massage oils to use
- How to adapt the strokes for your baby’s individual needs and the growing child
Baby massage plays a huge role in developing bonds between parent and baby.
Benefits of baby massage include
- Promotes bonding and attachment
- Enhances communicaton
- Relaxing for baby and carer
- Reduces stress
- Improves ability to read infant cues
The purpose of the IAIM 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.