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13/02/18
The International Association of Infant Massage is, as the name suggests, a global organisation. The same five week course is taught by thousands of CIMIs (Certified Infant Massage Instructors) all around the world. The professional program we teach, the theory, curriculum and focus, are unique. Created and developed by IAIM founder Vimala McClure back in 1976, the organisation has grown in its structure. There are not only Trainers and certified Instructors, but a network of Associated Chapters with Chapter Representatives, and an International Assembly. There is also an International Admin Board and an Education Board providing training for Trainers and continued education, as well as local specialist CIMIs, all centred around parents, babies, children and their caregivers.

The IAIM represents energy, enthusiasm, respect, love and joy. Interestingly, it’s not about the massage, it’s about nurturing touch, and massage is our main tool for promoting this. Massage is an art of communication. IAIM has a principle based practice. Anyone can deliver a massage – even a machine, have you seen the massage chairs in the Metro Centre? The IAIM is centred on the principle of nurturing touch among human beings. Much research has taken place around the important effects of touch, including that of Dr Tiffany Field at the Touch Research Institute in Miami, giving the IAIM program credibility. The course is completely baby led, focusing on reading the baby’s cues and respecting their individual behavioural states, even asking the baby’s permission before massage them.

IAIM CIMIs undergo intensive training covering much more than learning a sequence of massage strokes and techniques. The wide range of topics covered during our training follow an important underlying principle, which is that of understanding and valuing parents, families and caregivers, recognising and respecting the parent’s expertise, and supporting and encouraging parents to trust their abilities and intuition. Students are assessed through observation, journal keeping and an exam. In order to represent IAIM a CIMI must keep up professional membership with the organisation, and are then able to access up to date information through study days, and refresher training. This enables us to teach parents the best researched and well respected baby massage course out there.

In short, IAIM courses provide the world class, gold standard for the training and teaching of baby massage, delivering the most comprehensive courses currently available in the UK.

IAIM Mission Statement
The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage 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.

That’s what’s so special about IAIM baby massage courses.

www.iaimbabymassage.co.uk
Angela Laverick, CIMI, 20/08/16
09/01/18
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very happy new year!
I want to thank everyone who attended one of my courses in 2017. It was one of my busiest years yet, and I thank you all for your custom.
It's always great to see returning faces too with their second, even third babies. It's so nice to catch up and hear how they enjoyed the course so much the first time round, they wanted to do it again. This will be my eighth year teaching and I still love it!
Here's to a healthy, happy, successful 2018 xx
Catherine
06/09/17
I have had a fantastic summer break with my 2 boys. We had a lovely couple of breaks in the Lake District and camping on the east coast. I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer (even if the sun didn't always shine!).
Thank you to all those who have booked on to one of my courses running in September. I have had a very busy couple of weeks with bookings, getting the boys back to school, and back to work on Monday. I do love my job, and it has been lovely to meet so many new and a couple of old faces this week. New dates for October have been added as courses have started, and Alwoodley starting next week is fully booked. It's great to hear how many people have been recommended by friends who have been on one of my courses and have had great things to say. I do get a lot of my business through word of mouth, and from people coming back with their second, even third babies. It's good to know how much people love my baby massage courses, and how beneficial they have found them to be.
Catherine
28/06/17
Bookings are now being taken for my baby massage courses starting in September. It seems a long way off, but places do go quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment. Some courses have finished this week, and new ones are starting next week. All courses are now full, and these will be the last to run before I break for the summer holidays!
It's been a very busy term again, and it's been lovely to see a few familiar faces as they have returned with their second, even third babies! It's such a pleasure to welcome people back and to catch up on how their little ones are doing.
It's been great to see a few dads this term too. Don't forget dads are always welcome on my courses, either with mum, or just baby. Massage is a wonderful way for dads to bond with their baby too.
A couple of courses may be switching days in September, and I'm hoping to add another venue!. I will keep you posted!
Catherine
31/03/17
Ah, I HATE technology!! If the booking form is not apprearing when you click 'Book Now', you can book your place on one of my courses at www.learnbabymassage.co.uk
I have informed my technical support people, but hey, it's Friday afternoon so that's not getting sorted any time soon! FRUSTRATED!!
Catherine
31/03/17
It's been another busy day here at Loving Baby Massage. Places are going fast for courses starting in April. The Roundhay course for April is fully booked and Alwoodley is almost full. If you are wanting a place, please hurry before they go!
Catherine