What is infant massage?
Infant massage is a parent tradition within many ancient cultures that has been re-discovered and adapted for parents and babies around the world. Research conducted through the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine confirms the importance of a secure environment and nurturing touch in the healthy growth, development and maturation of children. According to Vimala McClure, author of Infant Massage, A Handbook for Loving Parents, “Infant massage is an ancient art that connects you deeply with the person who is your baby, and helps you to understand your baby’s particular nonverbal language and respond with love and respectful listening. It empowers you as a parent, for it gives you the means by which you become an expert on your own child.”
The Infant Massage USA® Mission
In partnership with the International Association of Infant Massage, our mission is to promote nurturing touch through training, education, and research so that babies, parents, and caregivers are loved, valued, and respected throughout the United States and beyond.
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Infant Massage USA is endorsed by leaders in the field of child development
“During my studies in child development, I had never come across infant massage. In 2002, when I was invited to speak at the conference of the International Association of Infant Massage, I quickly realized that the classes taught by the Certified Educators (CEIMs) are based on a deep understanding of my father’s work. This excellent program recognizes the crucial importance of the early attachment relationship between baby and mother (or primary attachment figure). I have studied the Infant Massage USA® program theory and practice and in my lectures I now routinely include a short video of a CEIM teaching a class of parents how to massage their babies.”
Sir Richard Bowlby
“Infant Massage USA is a groundbreaking organization. Mothering published articles by Vimala in the early 1980s and the organization that she helped to found is the leader in the field of infant massage today. I heartily endorse the work of Infant Massage USA® because the organization understands that touch is not just a good idea, it is a necessary nutrient. I would recommend that you spoil your children with the indulgence of your touch. Perhaps there is nothing quite so personal and intimate as the gift of infant massage, which enriches the parent as well as the baby. Infant massage establishes a tradition of touch that enhances your relationship with your child for years to come. Look for an Infant Massage USA infant massage class in your area. As the leader in the field, you can rely on their highly trained, internationally recognized professional educators to help show you the way.”
Editor and Publisher, Mothering
“Besides the fact that it is just plain fun to touch your baby, infant massage helps babies grow and develop better. In some Eastern societies a mother is reprimanded if she doesn’t give her baby a daily massage. One of the most exciting areas of research is the connection between touch and growth. Infant Massage USA provides excellent training. Their Certified Educators of Infant Massage (CEIM) are skilled in supporting new parents in learning the art of infant massage while deepening their relationship with their baby. It is a beautiful experience for both parents and babies.”
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