Infant Massage Classes for Parents

IAIM baby massage classes are taught by our qualified Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Classes offer a wonderful opportunity to experience how to communicate with your baby through nurturing touch and massage strokes.

With the help of an IAIM CIMI, the strokes and styles of massage are easier to grasp because they are demonstrated by experienced instructors. Pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage, respect, bonding, why babies cry, babies’ body language, relaxation, and parent empowerment are some of the skills and topics you will learn.

Classes are available in both a group environment or on a one-to-one basis. A typical IAIM course consists of five weekly sessions, and group classes tend to last an hour and a half on average. Classes are ideally taught over five weeks in order to give both the parent and baby time to learn and become accustomed to the massage. The strokes are also cumulative, meaning that the massage strokes taught in each new class build upon the ones from the previous class.

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Group sizes are kept small to ensure personalised attention

On our baby massage course you will learn:

  • Massage stokes for legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back
  • A short colic routine
  • Gentle movements
  • Touch relaxation
  • The best time and for how long to massage
  • What massage oils to use
  • The importance of good positioning
  • How to adapt the strokes for your baby’s individual needs and the growing child

 

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A CIMI uses a doll to demonstrate strokes to a mother

Classes are suitable for all parents and all babies up to one year old. Only the parents will massage the baby as our instructors will always demonstrate the strokes on a doll. Detailed massage stroke handouts will be available. 

 

IAIM classes are baby led, so don’t be concerned about the class coinciding with sleep or feed times. As our classes are all about communication it really is fine if your baby cries as this is naturally one of the ways they express their needs. Our instructor will encourage you to respond promptly and sensitively to your baby’s cries as this is acknowledged to be a way of supporting the bonding process.

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A mother feeding her baby during a class

 

For a list of CIMIs registered with IAIM Kenya, please visit the Registered Instructors page.