Baldock Baby Massage

Supporting local mums

International Association of Infant Massage

IAIM

Baby massage is a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures, including Indian and African, and was introduced to the western world during the last 30 years, gaining in popularity in the UK since the late 1990's.


Baby massage is when a parent or primary carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby. Using a high quality non-fragranced vegetable oil, soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of baby's body, following a sequence that has been developed over many years. The massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, so that they feel loved, valued and respected.


The IAIM baby massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.    ‚Äč                                                                                                     

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The programme has undergone numerous research and studies to demonstrate the positive effects that it has on postnatal mental health, wellbeing, improvement of attachment and bonding and support to babies physical, emotional and cognitive development.  The research is based on the IAIM programme (it is worth noting that this research is specific to the IAIM programme not baby massage classes in general). The studies and researched are also based on In person classes.


In person IAIM programme is delivered by Caroline over 5 classes.  Each group class lasting approximately 90 minutes


Week I

The History of baby massage and the IAIM

Introducing massage and baby cues

Senses, oils and environment

Behavioural states

Massage area legs & Feet


Week 2 

Physical and emotional crying

Digestion, colic & gas

Massage area legs, feet & stomach.


Week 3

Benefits of infant massage

Reflexes

Massage area legs & feet, stomach, chest & arms


Week 4 

Adapting massage to the growing child

Massage as a tool for communication from birth - 21

Massage area legs & feet, stomach, chest, arms, face & back.


Week 5 

Engaging the whole family in massage

Gentle movements 

Massage area legs & feet, stomach, chest, arms, face & back.


Course structure can slightly vary 

The IAIM programme is RCM accredited

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