Welcome to Infant Massage New Zealand, the New Zealand Chapter of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). The IAIM are a worldwide organisation whose Mission Statement is:
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.
All Infant Massage Instructors trained through the IAIM have been through a robust process of training and course work before they become certified as an instructor. Instructors NEVER massage someone else’s baby. Instead they use a doll to teach parents how to use nurturing touch and massage with their baby.
Instructors offer a 5-week course or a series of individual sessions to teach parents a whole body massage with their baby. It can take time for babies to learn to accept new touch and massage techniques, and out of respect for the baby the massage is introduced in bite-sized chunks that the baby can tolerate and the parent can remember. By the end of 5 weeks parents feel well supported to massage their baby at home.