Massaging babies is an ancient art that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 3000 years and in many cultures continues to be a routine part of daily baby-care.
Baby Massage is known to nurture a baby's development, enhance parent-baby interaction and promote bonding. This traditional practice offers many more short and long-term benefits, take a look at our Benefits page to find out how Baby Massage can help you and your baby.
Sunflower Baby Massage classes offer a welcoming, warm and tranquil space for you and your baby to take time-out, relax and spend quality quiet-time together, whilst learning a life-long parenting skill that you can do anywhere, at any time.
Our lovely course is designed for babies from birth to crawling. Classes are held across Poole and Bournemouth over five consecutive weeks, and include:
Sunflower Baby Henry and his Mummy, Harriet
lovingly communicating through the warm interactions of positive nurturing touch,
International Association of Infant Massage
The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), was founded in 1986 by Vimala McClure. Vimala was the first person to develop a programme for teaching parents how to massage their babies. Through the IAIM Vimala has brought the ancient art of Baby Massage to the West, with over 60 countries now teaching her routine of positive nurturing touch.
Vimala's simple and beautiful routine brings together a combination of Indian and Swedish massage traditions, incorporating the principals of yoga and reflexology to promote interaction and bonding, stimulation of the body systems, relaxation and sleep, and relief from ailments such as colic.
Want to know more?
For further information about the origins of Baby Massage and Vimala's truly inspirational story, her vision and the IAIM, take a look at our Origins of Baby Massage page.