"Supporting parents and babies to establish a solid and secure relationship, is one of the most important things you will ever do."
The IAIM Infant Massage Instructor Training is research-based, evidence-informed, peer-reviewed, strengths-based and practical.
The International Association of Infant Massage offers instructor trainings around the world. They are led by IAIM Trainers who have completed an extensive and practical, multi-phase education program designed to ensure quality trainings that you will truly enjoy. IAIM offers the most extensive and comprehensive training for infant massage instructors available in our field. All trainings follow the fifteen point curriculum originated by Vimala McClure and developed by the IAIM Circle of Trainers.
Trainings are generally four days, and include hands on learning with parent-baby classes in a supportive learning environment. Each training covers information about adjusting the teaching to meet the needs of each family and baby, including those born prematurely or with special needs.
Who attends the IAIM Infant Massage Instructor Training?
Participants of the training come from all walks of life and include parents, healthcare professionals, education professionals and complementary therapists. There are no formal pre-requisites…just a passion for discovering and sharing the benefits of nurturing touch and an ability to communicate well with parents.
If you are a parent looking to learn to massage your own baby, click here to go to the IAIM Infant Massage Programme for parent and babies page.
International Core Curriculum
Handling and positioning of demonstration doll
The IAIM sequence of infant massage strokes
Observe the trainer teaching a parent & baby massage class
Experience teaching opportunities with your fellow students parents and babies
History of infant massage and IAIM
Infant behavioural states and cues
Guidelines for the safe use of massage oils
Benefits of infant massage & Touch research
Bonding & attachment
Adaptations for babies born prematurely, with additional needs & for the growing child
Valuing and supporting parents
Teaching, communication & group facilitation skills
Marketing and promoting infant massage classes
You will be equipped to
Teach parents either individually or in small classes to massage their babies (0 to 12 months) as well as to deliver presentations to promote infant massage. This is not a 'hands on massage' qualification. This course does not qualify you to train others to teach or perform infant massage. You will be required to sign an agreement at your training to confirm you understand this,
To facilitate parent-infant communication, create an opportunity to enhance parent/child bonding, assist in providing the optimum conditions for healthy development of the infant as well as bring awareness of many of the other benefits loving touch can bring about.
To demonstrate the massage strokes on a doll and create a safe environment where there is an opportunity for parents to take part in informal discussions on many baby focused topics, you will therefore be providing support to parents on many levels.
A message from our Trainer
Please consider highly to register to this training. Why?
It is a life changing experience for you, where you learn the deep values and importance of love in human relationships. This course will enable you to bring good to the world, to improve the world and replace sadness by joy. You will learn all the skills to do that. Your certification will be an addition to anything you are already doing. You will be part of thousands of instructors around the world, you will be part of the big IAIM family, promoting the essential for babies’ excellent start in life: nurturing touch, that influnces positive brain development.
It will be a pleasure for me to meet you in our next coming soon IAIM international Training
IAIM international Trainer
30 years of experience to share...
Sylvie Hétu is the mother of three grow-up children. She has a college diploma in nutrition from Montreal Maisonneuve College (1976) and a BSc degree in Education from Montréal University (1980) and is a qualified Steiner-teacher (master level) trained with l’Institut Rudolf Steiner au Québec (1998). She has taught primary school, as well biology and nutrition lessons to teenagers, and is an international lecturer on infant massage, parenting and education. Sylvie has been working with the International Association of Infant Massage since 1983 teaching parents of various background including multi cultural groups and vulnerable families, and since 1989 as an international Trainer bringing the IAIM in several countries on the five continents.
Sylvie has co-founded the Massage in Schools Programme (2000) along with her Swedish colleague Mia Elmsäter. Sylvie is the co-author of the Massage in Schools Manual for Instructors (2000), author of The Song of the Child (2004), co-author of Touch in Schools: a Revolutionary Strategy to Replace Bullying by Respect and to Reduce Violence (2010), has a published chapter (The Myth of Early Stimulation for Babies) in the book Too Much too Soon (2011), and her most recent book Facilitating IAIM classes (2012) serves infant massage instructors. She is currently working on three other books and continues to train and lecture worldwide. She is passionate about the idea of marrying ancient traditions with modern scientific and humanistic knowledge for improving humanity’s well-being.
Become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with the IAIM
Attend 4 days training
Complete within 4 months following the training:-
the take-home examination study - 7 essay questions & multiple choice
teach the 5 week IAIM programme to 5 families
submit parent evaluations forms after the completing the parent classes
On Completion of the Certification Process
Having achieved the required standard you will become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI). From the date of your training you have complimentary membership to the Singapore Chapter of the I.A.I.M for a year and thereafter you will be invited to renew your membership. As a member of the IAIM Singapore Chapter you will become part of an international organization of thousands of dedicated infant massage instructors worldwide.
Upcoming Trainings in Singapore & Malaysia in 2020
23 to 26 Apr 2020
Columbia Asia Setapak
RM3990 before 30 Jan
RM4100 before 12 Mar
Normal fee RM4200
17 to 20 Sep 2020
Hotel Jen Tanglin
S$2185 before 17 Jun
S$2200 before 6 Aug
Normal fee S$2300
Group discounts available
We offer part payment plans (3, 6 and 9 months installment) via credit card/paypal for trainings in Singapore.
All detail are listed in the registration form.
Training fee includes
4 days instruction and practical training
Instructor Training Manual and comprehensive training notes
1 Infant Massage Doll
Certificate of Attendance upon completion of training
Instructor certificate upon completion of post training practical and theory assignment
First year membership with local branch of International Association of Infant Massage (Singapore or Malaysia)
Light lunch and refreshment
Full attendance is required for all training days from 9am to 5pm (unless otherwise stated)
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we have postponed all our trainings and classes until further notice. If you would like to be informed of future training dates, please fill in our contact form or drop us an email on
If you would like to bring this training to your company as an in-house training or register your employees for the training, you may be eligible for a reduce training rate, please contact us directly.
We welcome invitations to organise the IAIM training within the region, if you are interested in bringing the IAIM Programme to your country, please contact us for more details.