Vimala McClure - Founder of Infant Massage

For more than 20 years, Vimala McClure has worked with parents and babies using the ancient practice of infant massage to help create warm, intuitive bonds of love in families. Since she began her work in 1976, researchers, educators, and physicians have begun to discover the benefits of infant massage in both critical care and well-baby environments.

Vimala McClure is the founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, and author of Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents. The first edition of this book was published in 1978, and the 3rd Edition in late 2000.

Her book Teaching Infant Massage, A Handbook for Instructors is available to Certified Infant Massage Instructors through the International Association of Infant Massage. These books combine her observations and experiences from working in India over the last 20 years, Swedish and other systems of massage, techniques she developed from her training as a yoga instructor and in using massage with her own babies, and her vast experience in working with parents, babies, and medical personnel. The Instructor Handbook, newly expanded and updated, includes a 28-page bibliography of studies, illustrations, suggestions from Certified Infant Massage Instructor Trainers around the world, and anything an instructor needs to teach Vimala’s program. Certification involves 4-day training followed by an examination and certification.

Vimala McClure - Founder of Infant Massage

Other books by Vimala McClure include:

  • The Tao of Motherhood (New World Library) 2nd edition available now. Released for its 20th year edition on Mother's Day, 2011, it has a beautiful new cover design, is filled with amazing illustrations, and is available through, Barnes and Noble, as well as all other major booksellers and outlets. Be sure to get one!
  • A Woman's Guide to Tantra Yoga (New World Library), previously titled Some Still Want the Moon. Newly expanded edition available now
  • The Fabric of the Future: Women Visionaries Illuminate the Path to Tomorrow (Conari Press), includes her essay 'Parenting in the New Millenium'.
  • Her newest book: The Path of Parenting: Twelve Principles to Guide Your Journey (New World Library), released June, 1999

Vimala has started a blog! She hopes you will visit and participate in the discussion. She also wants to invite educators to add her on Facebook.

Why the Baby Says "Goo Goo" an Indian Story

Written by Vimala McClure

There was once a great Indian chief who had done everything, seen everything and who was very, very proud. He was walking through the village saying: “I am the greatest Chief there is.” An old woman came up to the chief and said: ”No you’re not. I know a greater chief than you.” The chief reared back and said: “What do you mean? I am the greatest chief there is. There is no chief greater than I.” And she sad: “Hmmm. If you will come to my hut, my hogan, tomorrow at noon, I will introduce you to this great chief.” The chief said, “Very well, old woman, grandmother, I will be here tomorrow at noon.”

The chief went home and slept very soundly in order to gain strength and beauty during the night. And in the morning he put on his finest clothing, his eagle headdress on his hair, his medicine beads and his buckskin leggings and when he was finished he knew that if it was by strength he would win, if it was a fight of beauty, he would win.

He went over to the old woman’s house and said: “Old woman! Grandmother! I am here. It is noon.”

“Come in,” she said. “Come in.”

He went inside and there sitting against the wall was the old one and crawling around on the floor was a baby. He looked around and said: “Where is the great chief of whom you spoke? Has he or she not arrived yet?”

The old woman motioned to the baby on the floor and said: “This is the great chief of whom I spoke. “The chief looked at the baby and said: “What do you mean? This a baby. Are you trying to play a trick on me?”

The baby, who got frightened by the sudden, angry loud voice started to cry. The chief got very flustered, pulled off the eagle headdress, brushed the baby’s cheeks, pulled off the medicine beads, dangled them in front of the baby’s nose, pulled off all of his baubles and bangles and rang them in the baby’s ears. At last the baby heard the baubles and bangles, smelled the medicine beads and felt the feather and the baby very softly stopped crying. As soon as the baby stopped crying the old woman said: “See? The baby won the battle. Even you, the great chief, had to stop talking to care for the needs of the baby. In any hut, in any hogan, the baby is the greatest chief. For everyone loves the baby implicitly. Whatever the baby asks, in any hut, in any Hogan, the baby is the greatest chief.”

He said “You are right, old woman. You and the great baby chief have taught me a great lesson. I accept your words.” With that he put back on the medicine beads and feathers, put back on the baubles and bangles, and as he turned to leave, the baby called out: “Goo goo.”

And so ever since then, the babies all over the world say: “Goo goo.” And we know that that is the baby’s victory cry: “I am the greatest chief there is! Goo!