With technology, much of the natural touch has disappeared in the trace of paediatric care, pushchairs, babies sleeping in their own bed, etc. This has caused many problems, as touch is vital for all development - physical and emotional. Today science and can “prove” what ancient tradition knew all along – that nurturing touch enhances the bonding and attachment process, language development, body awareness, improves sleep pattern, is pain relieving, creates trust and high self-esteem. Research has shown that infant massage increases parental confidence, reduces domestic violence and isolation.
Ewa Westman has been working with infant massage since 1988 when the IAIM Infant Massage was introduced in Sweden. The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) is a worldwide organization represented in approximately 45 countries in the world and offers an infant massage program that trains instructors to educate parents in infant massage. Ewa is an IAIM Instructor who teaches both parents and Infant Massage Instructors and who has developed trainers on five continents. In addition, she works with a massage program in preschools and schools. Last but not least, she works with labor support as a doula, where massage and touch plays a significant role.