Advantages of the IAIM Infant Massage Program

Did you know that parents who take a class with IAIM learn much more than just the mechanics of a massage routine? Our program involves many different styles of touch, movement, interaction and communication.

Both research and anecdotal evidence from families have shown that there are many ways that babies and families may benefit from infant massage.

They can be grouped into four categories: Interaction, Stimulation, Relief and Relaxation.

Interaction in Infant Massage May Include:

      • Promotion of bonding and secure attachment
      • Verbal/non-verbal communication
      • Development of trust and confidence
      • Using all the senses
      • Feelings of love, respect, and being valued

Each Massage May Stimulate:

      • Circulatory and digestive systems
      • Hormonal and immune systems
      • Coordination and balance
      • Learning and concentration
      • Muscular development and growth
      • Mind and body awareness

Parents May Find that Infant Massage Helps Relieve:

      • Gas and colic
      • Constipation and elimination
      • Growing pains and muscular tension
      • Teething discomfort
      • Cramps

The Massage Promotes Relaxation which May be Shown Through:

      • Improved sleep patterns
      • Increased flexibility and muscle tone
      • Regulation of behavioral states
      • Being calm and being able to calm themself
      • Reduction in stress hormones

Happy interaction is an important part of the infant massage process, which is shown in this photo from Venezuela.

I am familiar with the advantages of infant massage and skin to skin contact for both the growing premature infant and the full term infant. These techniques help the parents build a bond with their premature and full term baby. The International Association of Infant Massage  (IAIM) is especially skilled in teaching this technique to parents. Infant massage is very useful in calming infants and enhancing growth.– Dr. Marshall Klaus MD is a Pediatrician and Neonatalogist whose research and work have focused on the humanizing of care given to the family in the perinatal period. Dr. Klaus is the co-editor of Care of the High-Risk Infants, a mainstay in the intensive care nursery. He is also co-author of several books including Your Amazing Newborn, and is currently working on a book about parent-infant bonding called Bonding: Building a Secure Attachment and Independence. Dr. Klaus also serves as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco.

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