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CIMI Silvia Conde and Conceição Jardim (Portugal) give us a glimpse of an interesting school project, Touching with Flavours, located in Faro. (ENGLISH and PORTUGUESE)

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:57 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 2:38 AM by AlySara Green ]

The Project called Touching with Flavours was developed in Portuguese kindergartens in October 2009, for children from 3 to 6 years of age. The team working on the project includes the two of us. The aim of the project is to highlight the significance and importance of touch and taste in maintaining human survival.  These two senses are fundamental in our day-to-day experience in society.  The project is spread over one school year divided in trimesters, and each trimester covers one theme. Each activity is divided into two parts: a touch session (with the CIMI – Physiotherapist) and a taste session (with the dietician). Specifically, Touching with Flavours aims to promote positive and nurturing  touch through massage, and to encourage both healthy and traditional eating. We believe that positive touch helps children feel safe, avoiding the need to use eating to calm anxiety.

                                     (Translation by Lúcia Paulino)

Touching with Flavours:

Full Article: ENGLISH

TOCAR COM SABORES -- Um reflexo sobre um projecto interessante em Faro, PORTUGAL, por CIMI Sílvia Conde e Conceição Jardim

O projecto Tocar com Sabores é desenvolvido em contexto de Jardim-de-infância, desde Outubro de 2009, com crianças de idades compreendidas entre os 3 e os 6 anos. A equipa é constituída por nós. A justificação da elaboração de um projecto TOCAR COM SABORES tem a ver com facto de estes sentidos terem que ser estimulados para manter a sobrevivência do ser humano. Aliás, estes dois sentidos, o toque e o paladar, são fundamentais para a nossa vivência em sociedade. O projecto é planeado para um ano lectivo e dividido por trimestre, sendo atribuído um tema a cada um desses trimestres.

Cada actividade é dividida em duas partes (sessões): a sessão de toque (elaborada pela CIMI, fisioterapeuta) e a sessão de alimentação (com a dietista). A nível mais específico, o tocar com sabores pretende promover o toque positivo e nutritivo, através de movimentos de massagem bem como promover a alimentação saudável e tradicional.

Acreditamos que a criança precisa de ser bem tocada para que se sinta segura e não tenha a necessidade de comer para acalmar a ansiedade.

Tocar com Sabores

Full Article: PORTUGUESE

CIMI Angelica Del Castillo-Garcia (USA) shares her dissertation abstract, “Nurturing Touch: Facilitating Parental Confidence and Attachment Relationships”.

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:55 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 2:12 AM by AlySara Green ]

Based on the results of her dissertation, Angelica Del Castillo-Garcia concludes that infant massage (nurturing touch) has many benefits for parents and babies, and therefore, professionals need to be better informed about it.

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Full Article: ENGLISH

CIMI Rosy Mendizabal (Mexico and U.K.) reflects on her work with Cherry Bond (CIMI-U.K.), NICU nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, explaining Cherry’s unique approach with parents of preemies, both in-hospital and post-discharge.

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:50 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 2:13 AM by AlySara Green ]

I first heard about
Positive Touch three years ago, when I was working in the Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit of a hospital in Mexico.  Someone told me about the work of Cherry Bond at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, U.K. Today, I have the privilege of working at St. Mary’s Hospital as part of a research team investigating pain in premature babies, and I also have the privilege of working alongside Cherry in her post-discharge infant massage classes, discussed below....

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Full article: ENGLISH

CIMI Erica Neser (South Africa) considers the varied parenting styles of the mothers she instructs, and shares some cultural differences she has observed.

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:47 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Apr 1, 2011, 8:51 AM ]

Today, as I was driving back from my Friday massage group, I contemplated some of the things I have learnt in the last ten years from teaching Infant Massage classes. I have not only gathered a wealth of information about babies by listening to mothers, I have learnt about motherhood, parenting philosophies, people and life.

When I started teaching infant massage, I was living in Pretoria and taught mostly Afrikaans mums in the Easter suburbs. Back then, infant massage was still regarded with much suspicion, and I had to teach carefully and mindfully to help the parents feel secure about what I was teaching them....

Today, infant massage is everywhere - a month hardly goes by without a magazine article on the subject. Nobody seems to think it 'odd' anymore. I believe the hard work and professionalism of IAIM Instructors played a large part in this process....

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Full Article: ENGLISH

CIMI Elena Piñero Pinto (Spain), Physiotherapist, and Professor (Seville University), presents both the physical and emotional challenges that Down syndrome babies and their parents face in the early months, and the many benefits of infant massage.

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:43 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 2:17 AM by AlySara Green ]

Elena discusses the physical characteristics of babies with Down syndrome --  as they relate to infant massage, as well as certain emotional issues affecting their parents, such as feelings of guilt and rejection.  The author suggests that infant massage can provide these parents with an extraordinary tool to help them develop an emotional bond with their babies, through ‘touch, communication, and respect’.  

Further, Elena explains (in the full article) the specific physical benefits of some of the routine strokes that CIMIs teach parents of babies with Down syndrome. These include strokes that help digestion, motor development, and the activity of the respiratory and immune systems. As the professor reminds us, all babies need love and contact, and Down syndrome babies are no exception! With Infant Massage, we can help facilitate both, while possibly helping in other ways, as well.

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Full Article: ENGLISH

Pratibha Reebye, M.D. (CIMI and Board Member in CANADA) shares her research proposal topic, based on her work as a medical doctor specializing in Child and Infant Psychiatry.

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:40 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Apr 2, 2011, 8:18 AM ]

Pratibha Reebye, M.D., suggests the teaching of infant massage techniques to mothers with PPD (postpartum depression) as a cost-effective, portable,  non-pharmacological, and easily available treatment for depressed mothers. 

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Full Article: ENGLISH

Manon Salois (Canada) shares a moving personal journey. (ENGLISH and FRENCH)

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:34 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 6:00 AM by AlySara Green ]

In a truly heart-felt article, Manon Salois (Canada) shares her inspiring journey as a CIMI, before and after motherhood, and how her commitment to infant massage has grown stronger than ever.
Full Article: ENGLISH

Le Cheminement d'une Instructrice en Massage pour Bébé

Dans son article profondément sincère, Manon Salois, Canadienne, partage l'inspiration de son expérience comme instructrice en massage, avant et après la maternité, et comment son engagement vers le massage pour bébé est maintenant plus fort que jamais.                                                     

(Short entry translated by Anaina Rivero)


Full Article: FRENCH

Amy Tsai (Taiwan) shares invaluable MARKETING TIPS from her personal experience as a CIMI.

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:24 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 2:26 AM by AlySara Green ]

For all of us with no background in marketing, it has been a steep learning curve since becoming CIMIs. How should we reach more parents, to get them to know about infant massage and attend classes?  Here are some tips from Taiwan that may help you, and may hopefully spark more ideas from other CIMIs.  In the full article, I discuss how to create your own blog, organize discussion groups, seminars, and most importantly, how to let parents know about your classes!

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Full Article: ENGLISH

“Taking Care of Babies is NOT only a Mom’s Role”, according to Taiwan CIMIs Gina Lin and husband, Jing Yuan! (CHINESE and ENGLISH)

posted Mar 24, 2011, 4:15 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 2:31 AM by AlySara Green ]

Discover how infant massage influenced a young nurse and her engineering boyfriend, and guided them from that time, through their marriage and honeymoon period, to plan and then open an infant massage/daycare center in Hsin Chu, Taiwan. Here is a story of true love, by Gina Lin and Jing Yuan.  

The full articles in CHINESE and ENGLISH tell how it all came to pass....

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posted Mar 21, 2011, 11:33 AM by Rosy Mendizabal   [ updated Mar 22, 2011, 9:57 AM ]

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