Our Mission Statement
The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage 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.
IAIM is the largest and most experienced infant massage organization in the world with a presence in more than 50 countries. Founder Vimala McClure’s work, dating back to the 1970s, is supported by current scientific and medical evidence.
Our program is being spread with love and joy throughout the world community by thousands of IAIM certified instructors who have received exclusive education through our exceptional and qualified trainers.
Vimala McClure continues to support the work of our organization, and ours is the only association she has authorized to teach the full and comprehensive program she developed.
Our work is much more than teaching massage strokes. It includes honoring connections between human beings from the very beginning of life and the unique communication a mother or father has with their baby.
In recent years, there has been an increase in medical and psychological research on our capacity to feel connected to each other. The bond babies have with their parents creates confidence, compassion, trust, enthusiasm, a sense of belonging and even mental health for the rest the baby’s life.
The benefits of infant massage truly make a difference in the lives of babies, families and even communities.
CIMIs work anywhere there are parents and babies.
Besides teaching in homes, CIMIs work in places like:
- neonatal intensive care units
- disability services
- drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
- young parent services
- mental health and psychiatric services
- disaster zones
- developing countries
- child protective services
- adoption services
- correctional facilities
As you can see, you can find us almost anywhere.
Our association oversees both the training of new IAIM Trainers and the certification of IAIM Infant Massage Instructors.
Click here for more information on becoming a Certified IAIM Infant Massage Instructor and upcoming trainings.
Resources and Research
We develop and share new resources, studies and research on the many facets of infant massage. Topics include: attachment theory, abuse prevention, disabilities, developmental psychology, hormone influence and benefits.
IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) and Trainers keep themselves up-to-date with available research as well as attending IAIM Conferences and General Assemblies.
Infant Massage Classes for Parents
At the center of the IAIM program are the parents and their babies. The parent is seen as the expert in the needs of their own baby, and the babies themselves are considered the best teachers.
In infant massage classes, CIMIs demonstrate massage strokes on a doll and share information on other forms of touch and communication, such as facial cues, body language, and vocalizations. While parents work with their babies, the CIMI focuses on enhancing the relationship between parent and baby.