The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that every parent, care-giver and child are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.
IAIM was founded by Vimala McClure in 1986. Following her experience of working in an orphanage in northern India in 1973, Vimala brought the traditional practice of infant massage to the West. She has since written many books including Infant Massage – a Handbook for Loving Parents.
IAIM became an internationally established organisation in 1992. Since 1997 they have trained around 10,000 Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) in the UK, with Instructors coming from a wide range of backgrounds.
The IAIM curriculum is being taught in more than 50 countries and has been developed and refined for over 30 years through research, reflective practice and practical experience. This has resulted in a widely endorsed and implemented parenting programme.
See Training courses for more information about training to become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with Baby Massage UK.