La Asociación Internacional de Masaje Infantil
Información de Resumen en Español

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ICMI’s website can be translated into Spanish. Mark “Select Language” on the top right of the screen.


1. Mission of the Association


The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage is to promote the nutritional touch and communication through training, education and research, for parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected worldwide.

2. The International Association of Infant Massage (ICMI)

The International Association of Infant Massage (ICMI) was founded by Vimala McClure was the first international organization on this issue. Although the Infant Massage has existed for hundreds of years in many countries around the world, Vimala was the first person who developed a professional program.

In 1992, ICMI really became international, establishing itself as an organization with member associations in various countries around the world and its growth continues today.

3. The Educator or Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI)

The role of Instructor / Educator of Infant Massage is to facilitate and help intensify the emotional relationships between babies and their parents. Infant massage is an ideal medium because naturally, includes all the elements for the process of the link.

4. A word on the touch

Touch is the first sense to develop in the uterus, and is the last to disappear before he died. Studies indicate that the sense of touch develops between the sixth and ninth week of pregnancy. Our skin is extraordinary, and there are many books that can help us discover all its wonders. It is our largest organ and the first and most important connection between human beings and the world. The renowned anthropologist Dr. Ashley Montagu wrote: “Humans can not survive without touching; It is a basic need. “

Indeed, it does, and why our work is so important. Without touching, human baby would surely die. In healthy touch, not only human baby survives, but reaches its full potential.

5. The benefits of infant massage

The four main categories of benefits were originally defined by the founder of ICMI Vimala McClure, as the four general benefits are: interaction, stimulation, relief and relaxation. Health professionals and family counselors can use infant massage as a tool to reach parents and families in the communities where they work.

Costa Rican Mom and Baby

6. Link and attachment

“A lifelong process that begins with a reciprocal interaction between parents and children” (Bowlby)

Attachment and bonding are the process of mutual interconnection forming early relationships between baby and caregiver. As bond means the optimal short period of time takes place shortly after birth, when the baby and parents have the opportunity to get to know each.

Depending on the authors, you can find different definitions of bonding and attachment. The differences between bonding and attachment are very few, and in some languages ​​the same word is used to define them. However they can be described with a few differences, but whatever word you use, researchers agree that the bonding and attachment are critical for humans.

In humans, the link is a process rather than an event and is a matter of reciprocal interaction, in which each participant has a role in facilitating every stage. It is a dance that gives confidence. The link or attachment, is crucial for the development of mankind. It is a basic dynamic in human existence. In our work, we refer to the link and attachment as the action involving the connection between two humans and the quality of this connection.

Ghanaian Mother and Baby

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7. The Crying

Crying is one of the ways that babies communicate and form part of the dialogue between them and their parents / caregivers, which they learn to recognize your baby’s cries and respond accordingly. Parents often have an innate response to the cries of her baby.

In Infant Massage Classes parents are encouraged to:

  • Really listen what the baby is trying to communicate
  • Respond first to the baby’s needs
  • Respect behavioral states do massage and preferably when the baby is in a state of quiet alertness
  • Remember that the massage should not be given when the baby is crying
  • Share feelings, ideas and strategies during the conversation or discussion
  • OK crying as a natural way to communicate babies
  • Learn to stay relaxed while your baby is crying
  • Understanding the difference between emotional and physical cry, which develops empathy for your baby

8. Oils

The International Association of Infant Massage recommends that baby massage oil is of high quality, unscented, cold pressed, preferably plant. The reason that oil is used to facilitate sliding of the hands.

9. Training

The International Association of Infant Massage offers courses in many countries of the world to enable interested persons to be educators / Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI for its acronym in English)

10. Classes parents and babies

Our organization since 1992 has offered information and experience in the area of Infant Massage many families, including those that have adopted or have a baby in foster care. To contact Educator / Instructor Certificate (CIMI) in your area, please visit our website or contact our representative in your country: Representation International .
Infant Massage Class

11. Training of Teachers / Instructors

The International Association of Infant Massage provides training courses for educators / trainers in many countries. We offer the most extensive and comprehensive in the field of Infant Massage training. In all our courses the 15-point program proposed by Vimala McClure and developed by the Circle Makers International ICMI is taught.

The training lasts four to five days and includes classes for parents with babies to help in the educational process. Each course provides information on how to adapt to the needs of the family and child, including those born prematurely or with special needs.

To participate in a training course in Infant Massage in your country, please contact your International Representative Contact Person or   the administrative office of ICMI.

12. For more information

For more information about infant massage or attend a course with your baby, contact the following web pages in Spanish.


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13. Instructions for using the translator of the website

ICMI’s website can be translated into Spanish. Mark “Select Language” on the top right of the screen.

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IAIM MISSION: 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.