Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI)
What is Infant Massage?
Infant Massage is an ancient tradition in many cultures that has been recognized of its physical and emotional benefits to parents and their baby.
Research confirms the importance of nurturing touch and secure, loving environment in the healthy growth and development of babies and children.
Parent-infant bonding and attachment is reinforced when compassionate touch is deliberately introduced to foster secure relationships.
Current findings on early brain development reveal the benefits of nurturing touch as an integral part of baby’s early life, and the unfortunate results when early attention is lacking.
Parents report increased confidence in caring for their baby after infant massage course. The IAIM infant massage program is effective with teenage parents, depressed mothers, adoptive parents, homeless families.
The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) was founded by Vimala McClure and was the first such global organization. Although infant massage has existed for centuries in many countries around the world, Vimala was the first person to put together a professional program. Its theory, curriculum, and focus are unique, and have been carefully developed and refined through research and practical experience since its introduction in 1976. The first IAIM Instructor was trained by Vimala in 1978, and at the same time, the first IAIM Instructor Handbook was published.
In 1992, the IAIM became a truly internationally established organization with affiliated chapters in countries around the world, a growth which continues today. When you receive your Instructor’s Certificate, the date on the IAIM Seal will read “1992”.
Our organization symbolizes a unity of all the people seeking to support nurturing touch in every form. Our unique capacity lies in the way in which we work for win/win agreement and solutions among parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals and researchers. In this we resolve to live by the principles upon which our work in based, striving together to support parents in creating a nurturing environment for them and their child.
IAIM 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 their babies are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.
Benefits of Infant Massage
- Encourage secure attachment
- Enhances baby’s feelings of being loved, respected and secure
- Improves muscle tone, growth, weight gain and brain development
- Reduces baby’s stress and irritability, which may lead to less crying and improved sleeping patterns
- Stimulates major systems, i.e digestive, respiratory and immune system
- Relief from tummy trouble
- Helps parent to understand baby’s non-verbal language and cues
- Reduces post-natal depression
About the Trainer…
Ewa Westman is a Trainer from Sweden, with The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). She has been working with infant massage since 1988 and gained an extensive experience in teaching families with psycho-social problems, babies with additional needs and babies born prematurely as well as adoptive parents.
She has supported the training of IAIM International Trainers all over the world. As well as help the forming of new IAIM Chapters in different countries.
Five-day course includes lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations experiential work and hands-on practical teaching of strokes with parents and their babies. The actual massage strokes are demonstrated and practiced on doll.
Topics to be Covered
- History of infant massage and the IAIM
- Demonstration of strokes and gentle activities
- 2 – 3 day practicum class with parents and babies
- Teaching the benefits
- Infant crying
- Born prematurely and special needs
- Infant behavioral states, cues and reflexes
- Bonding and attachment
- Self awareness of emotional elements and support
- Communication skills
- Group facilitation skills
- Adaptations for the growing child
- Special situations and adaptation of the massage program
- Touch and massage research
- Public relations and marketing
- Teaching Skills.
Who Should Attend?
IAIM course is designed for:
- Early childhood health nurses
- Occupational therapist
- Anyone interested in the care of infants and their families (+18 years)
The Certification Process:
To qualify as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) there is required reading, a take home written course work and teaching infant massage to 5 families in 5 sessions course training
- 23.000.000 vnd/ person
- Excluding VAT
- This cost doesn’t include doll and towels
Five-Days Fees includes:
- A book and A Manual
- Two tea break and one meal each day
- IAIM Chapter membership (if applicable)
- Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) Degree