Gill Tree’s School of Massage: London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Loughborough, Manchester

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 IAIM Certificate course

Baby Massage Course - IAIM Infant Massage Instructors Certificate


Choose to join the largest school of massage in the UK and the school that brought the International Association of Infant Massage course to the UK and benefit from:

  • The highest quality training from a hand-picked teaching staff with years of experience as therapists and tutors
  • A conveniently located Central London venue
  • Regular assessment and feedback in classes to build your skills and confidence
  • A comprehensive online student portal providing you with: additional learning materials, up-to-date course information and unique supplier discounts
  • Ongoing business support if you choose after you graduate with our innovative Therapist's Business Passport business support club
  • Being part of the Essentials for Health community


What subjects will be covered in the course?

  • Infant cues, infant crying & behaviour states
  • Massage techniques for infants
  • Parental attitudes to touch
  • Safety guidelines for the use of oils
  • Teaching, communication, group facilitation skills
  • Benefits of infant massage
  • Infant handling
  • Child development & adapting the techniques
  • Bonding
  • Contra-indications
  • Understanding & valuing parents
  • Touch research
  • Working with special situations
  • Practice sessions of teaching massage to parents
  • Marketing


Can anyone take the course?

One of the following entrance requirements must be filled. The student must:

  • Have a recognised diploma in Massage or Aromatherapy or
  • Be a qualified health professional or
  • Work in an educational setting with children or
  • Be a parent.


What are the course requirements?

  • Full attendance on the four-day course
  • The reading of four recommended books
  • Completion of the home examination study
  • Completion of 5 teaching sessions with evaluations, outside of the course
  • Signing of the IAIM agreement 




IAIM (The International Association of Infant Massage) was the vision and brainchild of Vimala Schneider McClure, author of the book "Infant Massage", and was founded in the USA in 1981. Its aim is to integrate the ancient art of infant massage with the parenting traditions of the west. The IAIM is different from other examining bodies in that it has been teaching and examining Infant Massage courses for over 15 years.

The fact that the IAIM specialise only in Infant Massage has led to a unique and very special course, for which there is a huge demand throughout the world. The IAIM has trainers and instructors in 25 countries across the world. EfH bring these experienced and internationally respected trainers to the UK from Sweden, Canada and the United States.

Trainers go through a programme of spiritual and personal development as part of their training over a number of years, EfH believes this forms the essence of the very special course that can now be undertaken in the UK. The Infant Massage Instructor Certification training course will fully equip students to be able to teach infant massage to parents, to enhance bonding, improve healthy development of the infant and provide support for the parent.


Important notice, please read:

Due to the extraordinarily high demand for places on this course, we can now only accept bookings with full payment attached. The booking system is strictly, 'First come, first served'.

For students requiring their organisation/employer to be billed, please call us on 01628 476100 to arrange and have your full invoicing details ready (the name, address and contact number of whom the invoice should be dispatched to.) The invoice must be paid six weeks prior to the course commencing and within 14 days of issue to ensure the place is secured. Essentials for Health reserves the right to withdraw a place if the invoice has not been paid 3 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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Still thinking on whether to do a course? Come and meet us!

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Meet Gill and the team and have your questions answered by graduates that have been in your shoes!

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What our students say!

“My client said the massage was fantastic and that she couldn’t tell I’d only been doing it for a few weeks - she said it was as if I’d been a practitioner for years! It’s all thanks to the excellent teaching and attention to detail by our supportive teachers. Thank you.”

Ellie Verkerk



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