In previous blogs we’ve looked at the impact, effects and benefits of baby massage but where did Baby Massage originate from? How did it start and how did it develop? In this blog we will take a deeper look into this and explore the ancient art of baby massage and how it has developed over the years.
In some cultures, there is evidence to suggest that the practice of baby massage is over 300 years old and has been passed down through the generations. In many parts of the world baby massage is a daily part of the care routine until the baby has learned to walk.
Vimala Mclure was the founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, it was during her work in a small orphanage in India that she became aware of the importance of traditional indian massage for it’s soothing effects.
Traditionally, an Indian mother regularly massages everyone in the family and this is a skill that is passed onto the daughters of the family.
At the orphanage, babies were massaged almost every day, Vimala had not seen this type of nurturing interaction in the US.
Vimala decided to combine her practical experiences at the orphanage, yoga and reflexology principles into a simple routine – through this the International Association. of Infant Massage was born.
She designed a special approach for babies with symptoms of colic and developed the ‘Touc Relaxation’ technique.
The same baby massage programme is now taught in over 60 different countries around the world and the basic IAIM principles encompass working together to support parents through creating a nurturing environment for both parent and child, this is why parents and babies are at the forefront of what IAIM represents.