Infant Massage Benefits
Touch is the first sense to develop in the womb at 6-9 weeks and easily one of the most powerful languages a baby can instantly understand.
The First Touch Program is the only program in Australia that has been extensively researched. Medical researchers have identified it as the highest quality program of its kind. It is delivered in over 52 countries in the world.
Every Parent Should Read This
The First Touch Program is the only nationally accredited Infant Massage curriculum in Australia, monitored and maintained by a global organisation. This program is endorsed by The Royal College of Nursing, The Australian College of Midwives, The Australian Association of Social Workers, The Australian Counselling Association, Occupational Therapy Australia and the Massage and Myotherapy Association of Australia.
When talking about Infant Massage benefits* it’s important to note that a lot of the benefits identified from worldwide research have come from research done that utilises The First Touch Program.
Research proves the benefits from Infant Massage classes are greatly enhanced when you have a teacher guiding you (compared to the benefits from learning when watching a DVD or reading a book on Infant Massage).
Clear guidelines are established to identify key elements of The First Touch Program, so that accredited instructors around the world are all teaching in accordance with these guidelines, developed by knowing what research shows is most effective.
Improved parental confidence and independence
Smoother transition through developmental phases
Why Start Baby Classes
All children are different.
Some are healthy, thriving, active, alert, quiet, laid back and sleep well but others find it hard to settle, have some additional needs, may have medical problems, be born prematurely or a baby (or parent!) may just be having a rough time. All babies will benefit from touch.
In the womb, baby is warm and safely held with gently rocking from movement, including brain stimulation from the rhythm of a mother’s heart. It’s no surprise that it takes time for a child to transition to life on the ‘outside’, with so many new experiences, sounds, smells and touch.
For parents, life with a baby can be challenging. Babies are hard work. It also takes time to grow in confidence and learn how to soothe, settle and communicate with your constantly changing baby.
Our classes help support and nurture new parents, including those with a first child and also families that grow with a new sibling’s arrival.
Classes encourage all the bonding elements (including touch, eye contact, smell and talking).
See our work in action…around the world
The International Association of Infant Massage is a not-for-profit charity, helping parents and families experience the benefits of healthy touch, infant massage and different forms of communication with babies. Our work helps Certified Instructors make an immediate and long-term difference in the lives of families.
In Australia, our qualifications as Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) for IAIM are current, however we no longer have a practicing active Australian Chapter of the IAIM. In its place, the IAIM CIMIs in the community are now taken care of by “Baby In Mind”, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to Australian Infant Massage.
We are also members of Infant Massage Australia and provide community based and grant-funded classes, for people that may not otherwise be able to afford to bring their baby to classes. Please contact us if you would like more information about our subsidised program.
We provide very small classes with lots of personal touches.
We also take photos/videos. Have you seen our class images on Facebook?