Vimala McClure has been credited as one of the founders of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM®).
Vimala’s interest in infant massage began during her travels throughout India and while working orphanages. In India, McClure had the opportunity to experience massage first hand during a time of illness. This nurturing touch helped Vimala to feel cared for, comforted and encouraged her to become healthier faster.
Vimala McClure also observed massage techniques used by Indian mothers along roadsides. When these mothers had very little in the way of material wealth, they appeared to have, and give, an abundance of nurturing love. This love was expressed through their caring touch with their child.
In the early 1970’s, Vimala was one of the first pioneers to introduce the concept of infant massage to parents in the United States. The massage she introduced used strokes based on the principles of Indian and Swedish massage, Reflexology and Yoga.
Vimala McClure is widely recognized as the author of “Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents”. In this book she gives families practical advice on how to incorporate massage into their daily routines with their infants.
During the years that followed the introduction of this book, McClure began to train others to teach infant massage. Through this work, The International Association of Infant Massage was born. Vimala was fortunate to continue to travel to India many times, and had the ability to work in Mother Teresa’s Shisu Bhavan (baby hospital) in Calcutta.
Vimala McClure Books
- McClure, Vimala Schneider. Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents. New York: Bantam Books, 1989.
McClure, Vimala Schneider. The Tao of Motherhood. New World Library (July 1991)
- McClure, Vimala Schneider. Ethics of Love: Using Yoga's Timeless Wisdom to Heal Yourself, Your Family and the Earth. New World Library (December 1994)
- McClure, Vimala Schneider. The Path of Parenting: Twelve Principles to Guide Your Journey. New World Library (April 1999)
- McClure, Vimala Schneider. A Woman's Guide to Tantra Yoga. New World Library (June 1997)
- McClure, Vimala Schneider. Infant massage instructor's manual. International Association of Infant Massage Instructors; 2nd edition (1988)
“Infant massage can promote the kind of parenting that the attentive mother was able to provide. Its benefits go far beyond the immediate physiological gains. As you massage your baby regularly, you will discover that you develop a bond with your child that will last a lifetime.”
- Vimala McClure
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