"Infant Massage is an art, simple but difficult and difficult because its simple"- Dr Frederick Leboyers
Baby massage is an ancient tradition in many cultures which is being rediscovered in the West.
Clinical evidence shows that loving, touching, nurturing contact between caregiver and baby has an important impact on their development.
Baby massage is something that every parent or caregiver can learn and practice -providing benefits to both baby and parents.
Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking or feeling?
The first form of communication that you have with your child is through touch.
To a baby, touching is talking. With eye-to-eye and skin-to-skin contact, the exchange of smiles, and other facial expressions, baby massage combines the important aspects of bonding between parent and child.
It's also a wonderful way for fathers, brothers, sisters and grandparents to share special time with a new addition to the family.
Vimala learned about the wonderful benefits of infant massage while she worked in India during the 1970s.
She saw mothers in even the most poverty-stricken areas massaging their babies as part of their daily routine. The positive touch of massage allowed these babies to experience tremendous love and a sense of security.
After she had returned to America and had her own children, Vimala developed a massage sequence designed specifically for babies, based on the strokes she had observed in India , with the addition of elements of Swedish massage, reflexology and yoga. Following repeated requests from childcare educators, she devised and led courses to train them to teach these skills to parents with young children.
In 1981 she and a group of instructors founded the International Association of Infant Massage ( IAIM ) in the United States . It rapidly spread across the world and now has instructors in over 30 countries.
The IAIM carries on Vimala’s vision that infant massage will become a parenting tradition throughout the world community.
"Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant, food as necessary as minerals, vitamins and proteins." - Dr Frederick Leboyer