Although infant massage has been a tradition in many cultures and for many centuries, it is fairly new in South-Africa and other western countries. In India, mothers regularly massage everyone in their families and pass this knowledge on to their children. Vimala McClure studied and worked in India in the early 1970s and noticed how mothers massaged their babies. She then brought the practice of infant massage to the west in her book, Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents. She developed a curriculum that includes Swedish strokes, Indian massage strokes and the principles of refelxology, and shared her discoveries with other parents.

The IAIM was founded in the 1980’s by Vimala. The IAIM has Chapters in most countries, including South Africa. The South African Chapter of the IAIM was established in October 1998. It is a non-profit organization consisting of CIMI’s (Certified Infant Massage Instructors) trained with the IAIM.

Mission statement of the IAIM and it’s South African Chapter:

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.

Ensure that you attend classes presented by a fully qualified and registered member of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).

Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI)

IAIM certified infant massage instructors receive intensive specialised training of very high standard and that includes theoretical and practical training. After the successful completion of an assignment, instructors receive a qualification that is internationally recognised. Yearly continued education is provided by the South African Chapter to the SA CIMI’s.

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