Theraputic massage has been used in Eastern Cultures from around 3000BC and practised in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America for centuries.
For us in UK it still relatively new and only really started to become popular in the 1990s.
Vimala McClure founded the Association of Infant Massage in 1973 following a stay in India. Whilst working there in an orphanage she witnessed the daily practice of massage, from oldest to youngest. Vimala fell ill during her visit and was massaged back to health by the women in the village. On her departure she noticed a young mother on the roadside of shantytown massaging her baby in her lap (yes you can do it anywhere). Spurred on by this she brought back the techniques of the baby massage to America and combining it with Swedish massage, Chinese reflexology and yoga wrote the book Infant Massage – a Handbook for Loving Parents. This massage routine is now taught internationally.