Welcome to the world of Infant Massage!
You plan to give your baby so much in life: beautiful clothing and toys, good food and activities. Why not give him or her the gift of infant massage? By offering the reassuring embrace of your loving hands, eye contact and smiles – you’ll be giving your child the very best beginning.
Not only that. Gentle touch promotes secure, loving attachments – the foundation for healthy relationships later in life.
If you’ve welcomed a baby within the past year, you’ll want to learn about this very special way of showering your little one with the respect and loving care that he or she deserves.
Infant massage isn’t just about learning the strokes. It’s also about nurturing with gentle communication, and “listening” to what your baby has to say though crying and body language. Your relaxing and reassuring presence tells your baby he is loved and cared for, and unconditionally accepted.
The sense of touch is the first to develop in the unborn child, so your baby is already used being nurtured through the skin. When you look at her with loving eyes and stroke her legs, tummy, arms, back and face, she will know she is accepted, safe and cared for, the way we all feel when we receive loving touch.
Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), discovered the benefits of infant massage while working in an orphanage in India in the 1970s. Though poor and malnourished, the babies she saw were content and happy because they received loving touch. Vimala brought the art of infant massage back to the United States and adapted a series of simple strokes from cultures where infant massage has been practiced for generations.
You’ll love massaging your baby!
Vimala McClure’s excellent book, Infant Massage, A Handbook for Loving Parents, is available at http://www.amazon.com/Infant-Massage-Revised-Handbook-Loving-Parents/dp/0553380567/.
For more information on classes or becoming an instructor, visit www.infantmassageusa.org.