Sidney M. Jourard
Dr. Jourard was a leading force in Humanistic Psychology, and a pioneer in the fields of self-disclosure and body-awareness. Sidney was born in Canada and educated at the University of Toronto, where he took his M.A. degree in 1948. He continued his studies at the University of Buffalo (now State University of New York at Buffalo), and obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1953.
Dr. Field is a leading researcher and authority on the benefits of touch, and has conducted several research studies based on the ancient practices of infant massage from various cultures of the world.
Peter Walker is a well-known pioneer in the field of baby massage. He has developed unique techniques and pioneered the practice of Developmental Baby Massage and Soft Gymnastics.
Vimala’s interest in infant massage began during her travels throughout India and while working orphanages. In India, she had the opportunity to experience massage first hand during a time of illness. This nurturing touch helped her to feel cared for, comforted and encouraged her to become healthier faster.
In his groundbreaking book, “Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin”, he brought awareness to the Western World of how the sense of touch was so neglected, and at the same time how critical the sense of touch is for human development. Additionally, he devotes special attention to the relation of the skin and touching to mental and physical health and the discovery of the immunological functions of the skin.
Dr. Frederick Leboyer was the first physician to challenge society's deeply held beliefs about awareness in the newborn. His pioneering works on birthing, including “Birth Without Violence”, have forever revolutionized the course of prenatal care and the way babies are introduced to the world. He also pioneered introducing infant massage to the Western world.
Amelia D. Auckett
Amelia Auckett perceives massage as an expression of love through a special kind of caring touch. She believes that when mothers massage their babies at an early age, the massage continues the bonding process and helps establish a warm, positive parent-child relationship. Baby massage is an introduction of caring touch that can continue to any age.
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