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  •   In Terms of Infant

Social-psychological benefits

  1. Infants will feel a sense of security.
  2. They will feel loved (Bonding - the intimate feeling established during the first year of the baby's life - is the most important).
  3. Sense of belonging
  4. Enhances self-confidence.
  5. Strengthens interpersonal relationships.
  6. Increased stress tolerance physiologically or emotionally.
  7. Reduces aggressiveness.
  8. Reduces depression.
  9. Enhances compassion and empathy.
  10. Increases self-respect.
  11. Improves parent-child communication.
  12. Naturally guides infants to learn what is meant by normal touching.
  13. Children who come into contact with their fathers at an early age demonstrate better learning performance in the future.

Physiological benefits

  1. Increases positive stimuli and improves neural development
  2. Enhances sensory integration (all sensory organs including the one for touching will be stimulated during the massage process). We encourage parents to embrace their children more often as it will stimulate the baby's sense of balance and self-perception.
  3. Better quality of sleep (deeper, more peaceful sleep and falling asleep more easily).
  4. Good growth conditions (secretion of hormones activated by touching).
  5. Relaxes the muscles to ensure good muscle condition and development.
  6. Relieves stress and tension.
  7. Stabilizes blood pressure.
  8. Increases absorption of nutrition.
  9. Stimulates blood circulation (especially at the limbic system and hippocampus).
  10. Reinforces the immune system
  11. Fortifies bone development.
  12. Accelerates the growth of myelin sheath (myelination) to ensure sound brain development (thereby making children cleverer).

  •   In Terms of Parents.

Social-psychological benefits

  1. Reduces symptoms of pressure and depressionStretch
  2. Creates a sense of intimacy and belonging.
  3. Improves parent-child communication.
  4. Happiness, love, pleasure and a sense of belonging.
  5. Increases parents' self confidence.
  6. Relaxation.
  7. Enhances social relationships (thereby becoming more diplomatic and mellow).
  8. Increases empathy and tolerance.
  9. This is the most economical and inexpensive way to love your children.
  10. Learn to respect your children.

Physiological benefits

  1. Lactogenic hormone stimulates the secretion of milk.
  2. Increases uterine contraction.
  3. Reduces pain sensation.
  4. Reduces blood pressure.
  5. A healthy body fosters a balanced body and mind.

  •    In Terms of Society.

  1. Reduces social costs such as medical and insurance expenditure.
  2. Reduces crime (decreased aggressiveness makes society more peaceful).
  3. Decreased suicide rate (as a result of improved stress and emotional management ability).
  4. Powerful and prosperous nation, world peace (according to anthropology studies, tribal societies where babies are touched more frequently, they exhibit a more peaceful character).


  • Healthy Intimate Contact

  • Children between 0 and 2 years old are in the sensory-motor stage, during which infants will use various sensory organs to interact directly with the surrounding environment. Massage is able to stimulate the baby's skin and all of the important systems such as circulation, digestion, excretion, immune, nerves and sensory integration systems, thereby sharpening the baby's sensory organs. Through intimate massage contact, one can also relieve the babies' discomfort, in turn stabilize their emotions and calm their body and mind.

  • Parent Child Massage Course.

  • The center organizes baby massage courses from time to time, and parents are invited to partake in the exercise. By guiding parents to touch their babies intimately, parent child interaction is encouraged and parents will also be able to understand the importance of a baby massage.


  • History of the International Association of Infant Massage.

  • (International Association of Infant Massage, IAIM) Currently, the international structure and legal aspects of International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) are developed and supported by IAIM and members of the international committee.

    Through endeavors of international trainers and the international education committee, the founder of IAIM, Vimala McClure's courses are also more refined and up to date. The responsibilities of the international education committee include establishing the professional standard of IAIM trainers and certified infant massage instructors (CIMI) as well as maintaining the high quality of IAIM courses.

    The scale of IAIM is constantly being expandedIn the year 2000, there existed several thousand CIMIs, throughout more than 40 countries globally.Currently, there are over 30 CIMI trainers and trainer candidates.

    IAIM's expansion and work is supported by various IAIM chapters.Chapters are non-profit associations that respect their own countries' legal regulationsEach chapter is officially affiliated to the IAIM through its contract with IAIM and its international status.

    We can proudly say that each year, an increasing number of countries are joining us to become chapters of IAIM.

  • Mission statement of IAIM

  • The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) 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.

  • Founder: Vimala McClure (Vimala MacClure)

  • In 1973, when I was still studying, I found myself working in a little orphanage in northern India. It was then I had an epiphany about life. I realized the importance of traditional Indian infant massage, including its soothing benefits and its role as a nonverbal emotional communication tool. Indian mothers would rhythmically massage each member of her family and pass on the technique to her daughter. In the orphanage, eldest children help to massage younger children everyday – something which I have never witnessed before in the US. During my final week in India, I learnt about the advantages of massage. At the time, I also suffered from high fever and rambling speech caused by malaria, but all the nearby women came to look after me. They used their skilled hands to massage my body as if I was a baby. They sang gently to me and took care of me in turns until my fever subsided. I will never forget the feeling when they touched me with their hands and hearts.

    I thought about all the children I met in India, despite their so-called 'disadvantages', they were still so adorable, warm and happy.They looked after one another without reservation. I believe that perhaps the reason why they are so cute, relaxed and natural is because they were loved in the same way during infancy. In India, babies have been pampered in the same manner for thousands of years. Perhaps, it is massage, not foes or conquerors that have allowed them to remain in their world and their homes. Massaging welcomes them to the world of warmth and love that exist for their sake, so that they can preserve the gentle souls that are concealed under their brand new, unformed and fragile bodies. Massage also helps the body to adapt to noise, light, activity, sharpness and roaring sound stimuli of the world, through curiosity rather than fear. Subsequently, I learnt the ancient art of the heart and hands from many mothers and grandmothers. The ancient art form clearly influences the body, soul and spirit of the individual who has experienced it.

    My first child was born in 1976, and I started to massage him every day. I have taught yoga for numerous years, and I have discovered many massage techniques and postures that can be easily combined with our daily massage routines. This routine is a fusion of ancient Indian massage technique, modern Swedish massage techniques and my experience as a yoga instructor. Such a joyful combination has endowed my son with an extraordinary balance between external/internal energy, stress relief and stimuli. In addition, massage also seems to have abated a painful gastric condition during his first month. Just like the relaxing exercise of yoga, this not only brings our massage to a pleasant conclusion but also helps to soothe his digestive system.

    When I massage my baby with all my concentration, relaxed body and open spirit, he also seems to feel relaxed and remain relatively happier for the rest of the day. When I stopped massaging him for two weeks, the change is noticeable, as he seems to be tenser and exhibits higher levels of anxiety and restlessness. He also suffers from painful colic that has kept us awake for hours at night. From that moment, I decided to make massaging an integral part of our lives; not only is it a tool for relaxation and stress relieving, it is also a key element of our communication. When my son was 7 months old, I decided to develop it into a course and share my findings with other parents. Subsequently, countless parents and their babies have attended my courses and private tuition. For several years, they have provided me with constant inspiration and education, therefore I feel extremely satisfied.

    From the early years of my course development, people interested in infant massage – including parents and professionals – have grown steadily. I began to train instructors and cultivate trainers to train instructors. We now have an international non-profit organization: International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). As the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, it serves to preserve and propagate this ancient technique. There are IAIM chapters throughout more than 40 countries worldwide. Now, many hospitals train their nursing staff to care for premature babies and sick children through massaging and hugging techniques. They also guide the parents to soothe their babies' discomfort by striving to foster a parent-child bond. In addition, the benefits of this simple, traditional technique developed through intuition and refined over thousands of years in the experience 'laboratory' have been repeatedly affirmed by modern science research institutes. I often make jokes on such phenomenon and ever so slightly mock that this is akin to Westerners trying to prove that the irrigation of grass will ensure its growth through the double blind test.

    My children have now grown up but the influence of the massage experience during infancy has remained. Daily massage provides the foundation for physiological, emotional and spiritual harmony and intimacy, something that will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

    I want to share with you a letter from a mother, who had learnt about infant massage from this book, when I first started teaching the course. Massage is not considered as a medical recommendation. Certainly, if your baby has medical problems, you should consult your medical professionals to ascertain the type of massage that will best suit your baby's needs. I want to share with you this letter, because I want to demonstrate how a simple action can profoundly impact a family. I want to thank the mother who has sent me this invaluable letter.