Infant massage is not a new idea, moreover it is one that is being re-discovered.
Infant massage is an art of nurturing which encourages loving communication between parents and their children, by encouraging positive physical contact, bonding and stimulation of childs development.
The first few months after having a baby can be a challenging time for parents; massage can therefore play a vital role in enriching the lives of both the baby and its parents by bringing
a sense of fulfilment, contentment and well-being. For the older baby it can help them with many ailments, e.g. constipation, sleep patterns etc.
The Benefits of Infant Massage
Bonding with a new-born is not always a natural consequence and massage can help a parent to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of touch.
The benefits of baby massage are reciprocal, what ever helps the baby also helps the parent, and whatever helps the parent aids the healthy development of the child
Benefits for Babies/Infant
Stimulates the babys circulation
Stimulates and strengthens a babys immune system
Aids digestion (can help to relieve colic and constipation)
Encourages faster weight gain
Improves the appearance and texture of the skin
Soothes and comforts, helping to relieve anxiety and birth trauma
Reduces tension, restlessness and irritability
Promotes relation and helps induce sleep
Gives babies reassurance through skin contact
Helps parent-baby bonding due to intimate interaction time
Teaches babies about communication
Benefits for Parents
Deepens and strengthens the relationship between a baby and its parents
Father or other primary carer, such as a grandparent, can enjoy the same emotional fulfilment as the mother, and can increase bonding
Massaging a baby benefits the breast-feeding mother by enhancing the secretion of prolactin, which is essential for
Helps parents relax
Helps parents to read baby cues/non-verbal signs
Helps increase confidence and self-esteem in parenting role
Increases parents ability to help relax baby in times of stress/distress
Provides for a special time for intimac
Aims as a Baby/Infant Massage Instructor
to enable the parents to understand the benefits of baby massage
to enable parents to participate in providing massage to their babies
As an instructor I will use a doll to demonstrate the strokes of the massage. It is also important to allow the parent to develop their own style. I keep the classes small to enable me to move around the room giving advice to each individual mother and baby. Having had personal experience of pregnancy, birth and post-natal depression I feel able to empathise with mothers and bring my experiences to support mothers during their time with me