FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT KINDS OF TRAININGS ARE OFFERED BY THE IAIM?
The IAIM offers a 4-day training in infant massage to become IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructors all over the world. The focus of the training is on teaching the art of infant massage, its proven benefits and how to hold classes for parents. This comprehensive training is interactive, hands-on and fun!
WHAT DOES THE TRAINING COVER?
The training follows a comprehensive 15-point core curriculum with the same content around the world. The curriculum includes, e.g. the history of infant massage, benefits, bonding, attachment, communication and group facilitation skills, marketing, research, understanding how an infant communicates, and the strokes and how they can be adapted. Also included in the 4-day training is a 3-day practicum class with parents and babies.
HOW LONG DOES THE TRAINING LAST?
The training is four full days. The hours are set by the IAIM Trainer to meet the needs of the locality. Generally, the length of the training is lengthened by one full day if an interpreter is needed.
WHO MASSAGES THE BABIES?
Parents massage their own babies and instructors demonstrate using dolls. A portion of the training includes practical experience in teaching parents how to massage their babies. An infant’s first language is touch, and massage is a beautiful tool parents can use to establish a strong bond and create a healthy attachment. An IAIM Instructor’s role is to create an environment that allows parents and babies to strengthen their bonds and deepen their love for each other.
WHO CAN TAKE THE IAIM INSTRUCTOR TRAINING?
Anyone 18 or older who has a desire to teach parents to massage their babies, can take the training.
Vimala McClure, who introduced infant massage to the US in the 1970s, had a vision that infant massage be passed down from mother to daughter as it has been in other cultures from the beginning of time.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES TO TAKE THE TRAINING?
An ability to communicate well with parents.
There are no specific educational requirements.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CERTIFIED INFANT MASSAGE INSTRUCTOR?
To earn your infant massage instructor certification, you must:
Attend the 4-day IAIM Instructor training.
Complete the required reading and satisfactorily complete the take-home open-book assignment.
Teach 5 families to massage their babies in a 5- session course or private consultations.
Submit completed parent evaluation forms after teaching a 5-week parent class to a minimum of five families.
Instructors become skilled at presenting about infant massage in many different situations.
Once you have completed these requirements, you will be certified as an IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Your certification will be recognised world-wide through the International Association of Infant Massage.
IS THE CERTIFICATION RECOGNISED IN OTHER COUNTRIES?
Yes, your certification is recognised world-wide. IAIM has affiliates nearly 100 different countries around the world.
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