Infant massage is a type of complementary and alternative treatment that uses massage therapy for babies and young children. It was used as long as 3000 years ago by Ayurvedic physicians in ancient India and was also encouraged in China during the Qing dynasty in 2700 BC. In many parts of the world it’s seen as a routine part of daily baby care and there is evidence in many cultures that the traditional practice of massaging babies is an art that has been passed from generation to generation.
It has only recently been introduced into Western culture and is increasingly used as a complementary therapy for post-natal depression and in neonatal intensive care units to reassure premature babies who are in stressful environments and have limited tactile stimulation.
What is Baby Massage?
Baby massage involves the gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. High quality non-fragranced oils or a moisturiser help your hands to glide smoothly over your baby’s skin. You can talk, sing or hum to your baby while you are massaging to create a sense of calm and reassurance.
Our qualified therapists have IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) training. IAIM has become a global organisation and the world-class standard for the training and teaching of infant massage. It was founded in 1986 by best-selling author, Vimala McClure, who became aware of the benefits of infant massage whilst studying and working in a small orphanage in Northern India in 1973.
The system combines the positive effects of Indian and Swedish massage traditions, and incorporates principles of yoga and reflexology, into a simple but enjoyable routine that is not only good for your baby, but is also good for the family as it helps to promote bonding. The IAIM programme is now taught in over 60 different countries around the world.