Infant Massage is a long tradition in many cultures, one which has tended to skip some generations in today’s society. The benefits remain, however, and I am so excited to be able to offer to teach you safe and effective ways to massage your infant through 2 different options.
Group Massage Class – Registration closed. Sign up for the email list to be the first to hear about future offerings.
Private Lessons – offered anytime.
Resources – For participants in the individual or group class (password required)
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Benefits of Infant Massage:
There are four may categories that encompass the benefit of infant massage for you baby. These are:
- Massage support bonding and secure attachment, verbal and non-verbal communication, quality time, use of the senses, empathy, and imitation to name a few.
- Massage can enhance stimulation of the major systems in the body including, but not limited to, the circulatory, digestive, hormonal, immune, lymphatic and nervous system. Language development, muscular development, growth, sensory integration and mind/body awareness are just some of the examples of that way massage can stimulate the child.
- Massage can be used to provide relief digestively (constipation/elimination and gas/colic), teething discomfort, excess mucous, growing pains, physical and psychological tension.
- This may be the most familiar area and massage for infants can improve sleep patterns, normalize muscle tone, improve coping mechanisms and regulation of behavioral states. Babies who receive infant massage have been shown to have more anti-stress hormones like oxytocin and serotonin and lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.
The babies are not the only people to benefit from infant massage. Here are some ways that infant massage benefits others:
- Performing infant massage can strengthen the bond between you and your child giving you a better understanding of their needs. It can improve your confidence and self-esteem and support your skills as a parent. Providing the massage to your baby will increase your levels of the relaxing hormones and can improve sleep.
- Participation in the group class can support the social need and decrease feelings of isolation, particularly in the early weeks/months.
- Getting siblings involved can decrease rivalry and support family relationships in general.
- If you are looking for ways to incorporate extended family, infant massage can be a great tool to share with them.