About 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.

The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) is a global organisation and the world-class standard for the training and teaching of baby massage.

The IAIM was founded by Vimala McClure in 1986. Following her experience of working in an orphanage in northern India in 1973, Vimala brought the traditional practice of infant massage to the West. She has since written many books including Infant Massage – a Handbook for Loving Parents.

The Association has representatives in over 50 countries worldwide, which includes around 30 active Chapters consisting of tens of thousands of trained and certified infant massage instructors (CIMIs) who are passionate about ensuring every baby receives nurturing touch as a fundamental birth right.

IAIM Kenya was formed and officially recognised as an active IAIM Chapter in early 2015 and our work, like that of the wider organisation, is much more than teaching massage strokes. It includes honoring connections between human beings from the very beginning of life and the unique communication a mother or father has with their baby.

Some IAIM-Kenya Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) and UK-based IAIM Trainer, Suzanne Adamson, with their demonstration dolls during an annual strokes refresher session for CIMIs held in December 2015