The International Association Of Infant Massage


In 1973 a young woman called Vimala McClure found herself working in a little orphanage in Northern India. Due to the language barrier she began to find non verbal ways to communicate with the children. The older girls taught her how to manage the little ones with native oils, using the sense of touch to communicate and nurture.

During her last week there she succumbed to malaria. The women of the neighborhood massaged her and sang to her until her fever broke.

She witnessed mothers in the nearby shanty towns, massage and sing to their babys.
She thought about the children she had known there and how loving warm and playful they were. “Perhaps” she thought, “they are able to be so loving, so relaxed and natural because they have been loved like this as infants and infants have been loved like this in India for thousands of years”

Birth of IAIM

The IAIM was born in California in 1981. Co-founded by Vimala McClure and Audrey Downs.

Mission Statement

The Purpose of the IAIM 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.